Having a degree qualification does not guarantee a ‘high flying’ job or even a job. Our economy is still struggling with the recession; 30.4 per cent of the 18-24 age group have been unemployed for over a year, and the numbers continue to grow. One in three recent graduates are employed in lower skilled jobs than originally intended.
In this tough job market; graduates need an edge over their competition; could a possible solution be volunteering? Volunteering is significant in increasing an individual’s job prospects. 87 per cent of employers regard volunteering as a ‘positive effect on career progression for young people’.
Of course which activities you volunteer in should be parallel to your career focus as this is more likely to prepare you for a permanent role and employers may be more likely to consider you for a position.
Employers expect certain levels of work experience:
Volunteering as opposed to most internships – allows volunteers to stay on as long as they want to; this benefits the volunteers as they can reach the level of experience they feel they need before they choose to leave. This is particularly useful when employers require 6 months plus of experience; the volunteer will gain sufficient experience to ease them into their new job.
Volunteering increases your confidence which translates well to employers:
Volunteering can give you a positive attitude and sense of accomplishment; 88 per cent of volunteers say volunteering gives them a sense of personal achievement’, 83 per cent say it ‘gives me the chance to do things that I am good at’ and 97 per cent say they get ‘a sense of satisfaction from seeing the results’.
Feeling that you are able to contribute effectively and being passionate about what you have achieved will increase your self -confidence which will come across well to employers and increase your chances of landing a job.
HOW WE CAN HELP!
The Tees Valley Partnership is made up of a wide range of sport and physical activity sector organisations that provide a wide range of roles from coaching and leading to marketing, admin and project management. We are recruiting placements that will give you an opportunity to gain invaluable experience and develop your skills and knowledge that will help you achieve your career ambition. The placements will also provide a great opportunity for you to network with sport and physical activity employers and gain an insight into the requirements of your potential future job roles.
The attached document provides a list of the current placements that we have recruited and a brief outline of the roles on offer. If you would like more information on one of the roles please contact our Workforce Development Manager Victoria Auton – firstname.lastname@example.org to gain contact information and progress your interest further.