5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer #SVW2017

Ahead of Student Volunteering Week at the end of this month (#SVW2017), STEM Sussex asks…have you ever considered volunteering? If you are a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) student, have a passion for your subject and want to add something memorable to your CV – then we think the answer has to be a YES!

STEM Sussex work with schools and employers in the South East to enthuse the next generation to consider working in and with STEM. We have LOTS of opportunities that could suit you and your skill set; you can sign up to be a regular volunteer through the STEM Ambassador Programme or you can come along as a volunteer to one of our STEM events.

Volunteering is not just about doing something worthwhile for someone else, that is of course important. When giving up precious time in an already hectic schedule, there needs to be benefits for both the volunteer and for those they support.

We found out what keeps our dedicated volunteers coming back for more, we asked some of them to share their reasons.

  • It adds value to your degree – it’s a competitive job market out there and you need to have something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Having volunteering experience can do just that. Many of the schemes and events are nationally recognised and show your commitment to improving you own skill set but also your willingness to share your expertise with others.
  • It builds confidence and communication skills – it can be nerve wracking meeting new people, presenting information to different age groups, or running a workshop or activity. But the only way to overcome your fears is to face them! With STEM Sussex support and training prior to your first volunteering role, many fears don’t materialise and if they do, you have the skills to handle them.
  • It broadens your horizons and builds connections – When you volunteer you will meet and interact with a diverse range of people, from the students you support, to fellow volunteers and Ambassadors at networking events. Discussing interests with other like-minded people increases your experience and can open your ideas to new ideas and information.
  • It’s flexible. Whether you volunteer to support one of our in-school activities or have a weekly commitment to help with an after school STEM Club, it’s up to you. Volunteer in a convenient location and choose to work with different age groups according to your area of interest or development need. We have opportunities with primary schools through to A-level students across the south East.
  • It’s fun and fulfilling. Our volunteers and STEM Ambassadors speak about the reward of sharing their passion and enthusiasm with students when at an event or when visiting a school. From experience, the students’ excitement is really infectious and reinvigorating.

We are now recruiting for The Big Bang Fair South East Wednesday 28th June, South of England Showground (Nr Haywards Heath). Be part a colourful, noisy and fun event – and help to inspire the next generation. For more information please contact CrawleySTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk.

For more information about this and our other volunteering opportunities, please visit our website or call us on 01273 644178.

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Laura Galley • 03/02/2017

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