It is very common for students to undertake some voluntary work. Although you will not get paid*, it is an excellent way of gaining useful work experience. You can find opportunities which will help you enhance your skills in the career areas that interest you, for example, you may be able to work on a marketing or research project, gain some experience in accounts, sales or administration or do some care or support work.
*you should get your expenses paid (travel costs, lunch etc.)
These websites provide information about a range of voluntary opportunities:
Team London match volunteers with charities. They work at providing young people the opportunity to build employability skills through social action projects, supporting them on their route to work:http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/#s
Take look at the film clip below to find out more about ‘speed volunteering’with Team London.
The sites above are for large, national charities. Although they do offer some excellent opportunties, they can be very competitive. There are many smaller, local charities which also provide voluntary work, look at:www.charitychoice.co.ukto find out more.