There are so many opportunities that you get the chance to take while at University, and its probably the only time you’ll get to do a lot of things that you want to experience or even have the time for. One of those things is volunteering. It has loads of benefits aside from making your CV look good, like helping the community, meeting people, or even just getting you out of your flat and into a place where sunlight and socialisation actually exist. But the big one is definitely to help your career or course prospects. When I apply for my Initial Teacher Training course, one of the requirements is work experience or volunteering in a classroom setting and while the requirement might only be a couple of weeks of experience, the tutors will be looking for a heck of a lot more. So at the moment I’m volunteering at several primary schools around the area to boost my application so that I can get where I need to be.
That’s why Plymouth University is so good in that aspect- you’re really encouraged to volunteer and you get loads of help with it so that you can get stuck in straight away if you want to. But if nothing else, volunteer so that you can do something you wouldn’t get the chance to do otherwise-plant some trees, look after monkeys (yes you can actually volunteer for that here), help at youth centres, or volunteer to coach children’s sports teams. It’s all worth it just for the experience.