What exactly is a New Year Resolution? According to Collins dictionary ‘a New Year Resolution is a promise to yourself or decision to do something, to improve one's behaviour or lifestyle in some way, during the year ahead’.
How can you make 2019 better than 2018? Do you want to learn a new skill? Maybe become more active or meet new people? Are you looking for some experience to add to your CV or supplement your studies, maybe you just want to help others?
Then why not set a New Year’s Resolution to help yourself as well as others by volunteering.
According to research conducted by the professional service network Deloitte, 82% of hiring managers are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience, and 85% of those are willing to overlook other resume flaws when a candidate includes volunteer work on their CV.
Below are a few hints and tips to think about whilst making your resolutions.
- Look through the Go Volunteer portal to find a volunteering opportunity which is right for you. www.nusu.co.uk/volunteering/govolunteer/ we have hundreds of opportunities which regularly change and are added to throughout the year. We have internal projects which are led by your peers but managed by Go Volunteer as well as external opportunities which we advertise on behalf local charities and organisations we work with. We try to have something for everyone but if you still can’t find something right for you then drop by the office or send us an email.
- Talk to your lecturers and get their expertise, ask them what sort of volunteering opportunities are out there or if there any specific charities you should consider volunteering for. They will know what opportunities will supplement your studies and help you gain relevant experience to land your dream job. Once you have spoken to your lecturers drop by and visit a member of the Go Volunteer team and we will try find something perfect for you.
- Where does your heart lie and what do you enjoy? There is no point in volunteering for something you aren’t passionate about, you will lose interest straight away. Do you love animals or the outdoors, or feel strongly about a specific cause? Maybe you would like to help a charity for a specific illness? Volunteering can be fun!
- What do you have to offer? Think about your skills, what skills do you have which could benefit others? Are you a football coach or maybe your extremely crafty? Maybe you’re good with numbers, finances and organisational skills? You could be a treasurer or a secretary for a charity.
- How much time do you have to offer? Think realistically and don’t volunteer all of your free time as you won’t have any down time and may become bogged down. Look at your timetable and deadlines for the coming year. There are different types of volunteering out there with different levels of commitment including micro volunteering, this is short one off bursts of volunteering which you can do on campus. Many opportunities and projects do however require some commitment. At the end of the day who you volunteer for should understand you are a student and your studies come first. Don’t be afraid to say no, if you have too much on, just be truthful and give enough notice. If you are just looking for one off opportunities sign up to the Go Volunteer newsletter. This can be found on the web page, we send out weekly emails of up and coming activities and events.
- Think SMART, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. Your goal/ resolution should be a map and easy to follow. It should put you off it should push you harder to reach your goal and SMART is a simple formula to help you get there.
- Write your goal/ resolution down, having something wrote down means it’s now a reality it’s just in your head. Come and grab one of our pledge cards from the NUSU reception, the Go Volunteer office or even one of our locations of our roadshow from 14th-18th.
If you fill out a pledge card you could also be eligible to win £20 amazon voucher! It’s extremely easy to enter just follow the steps below.
1. Drop by the Students’ Union reception or Go Volunteer office any time next week and grab yourself a volunteering pledge card.
2. Make a volunteering new year’s resolution this could be anything volunteering or fundraising based, it must benefit others or the environment. If you’re stuck on what you can do visit our website or come in and have a chat www.nusu.co.uk/volunteering/govolunteer/
3. Take a photo of your pledge card and share it on social media and tag us in the post. We have Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Instagram: @nusugovolunteer Twitter: @NUSUGoVolunteer you must also be following or have liked the page you tag
The deadline to enter is Sunday 20th Jan. A winner will be selected and announced the following week!