One piece of advice I give them is to start volunteering. Community involvement is an excellent way to build skills that will benefit you in the future. Depending on the type of work you are doing and the position, you can develop and improve several different skills including leadership skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills and more. These skills can be highlighted on your resume through the responsibilities you had as a volunteer. For example, maybe you mentored high school students and created presentations for them. By adding this to your resume, an employer sees that you have leadership and public speaking experience.
How do you start volunteering? First, think about your future career plans. If you plan on going into the healthcare field, then apply to volunteer at a hospital. Maybe, you’re interested in becoming a teacher. Try finding a program where you can mentor or tutor children. The UNO website is a good place to start looking. There is a page on MavSync dedicated to service opportunities. Another method that works well is searching for volunteer opportunities on UNO’s homepage. All you have to do is type “volunteer opportunities” in the search bar. Asking your academic advisor is also a good idea. They are full of knowledge!
Here are several volunteer opportunities on and off campus:
- Maverick Food Pantry
- The Collaborative
- Nebraska Medicine
- Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
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