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Volunteering in Cardiff

So as this is my second blog post I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of something that is relevant for the New Year period that’s almost upon us. I thought I would write about jobs and volunteering opportunities here in Cardiff University.
Your time at university is a unique experience that most of us will only have once. With that in mind it is incredibly important that we make the most of it. Opportunities don’t usually fall out of the sky and into your lap at uni, you have to go looking!

For some students it would appear that university is one long holiday where minimal work is done and most of the time is spent sleeping, eating take away food and drinking. But it’s beyond important to use your time at university wisely, so that when you leave you have something to offer the working world.
In my first year at university I was really unsure about how to get a job (I knew I didn’t want one working at a pub or bar, and the late nights and long hours a job like that entails). But as a scared eighteen year old away from home for the first time, I didn’t know where to start. But in April of my first year I applied to become a support worker for the Student Support Centre at the university. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done at uni because it opened up so many doors and opportunities that I wouldn’t have even heard about without it.
Here at Cardiff we have an amazing service called Job Shop. Job Shop is something I didn’t know about until I got a job at the end of my first year. It’s located on the top floor of the Student’s Union, and all you have to do is register your details and then you get emails about various jobs either in the university or in Cardiff. Working during your time at university is important for several reasons- it shows that you have the commitment to hold down a job, that you can balance university work and other work, and that you have the motivation to get out there and do something that many other students don’t bother to do.
Another way of developing and learning new skills is by volunteering. Here at Cardiff University there are so many volunteering programmes and opportunities that anyone can get involved with. For example, I volunteer at a project called Discovery, which is a project run for young people with Asperger’s and Autism. There are projects specific to young people, old people, disabled people, nature, homework clubs… the list is pretty huge. Here is the link so you can check out some of the brilliant and worthwhile programmes that are running here in Cardiff University:
The reason I thought I would write this blog is because it’s the start of a new year and a new semester. Maybe you feel like you didn’t make the most of your first semester, and maybe you need something to motivate you. So why not do something worthwhile with the second half of this academic year- and gain experience, skills and friends in the process!
Happy New Year too!

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