Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – New term, New opportunities!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – New term, New opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’ve had a great week! As one term ends and a new one begins we’d like to give a special shout out to all the volunteers who were active last term and those that signed up this term. Read on for more details about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Can you support us on 18th or 29th May?
We need volunteers, workshop facilitators and event coordinators to help us at our upcoming workshops in May. The first workshop will be on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Goldsmiths University from 10am to 4pm. The second workshop will be on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at the Rio Tinto offices in London from 10am to 4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on one or both of these dates and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Do you know of a great space for our Volunteer Meetups?  
Time spent with our volunteers is time well spent! We are planning our next Volunteer Meetup for this Summer and in search of the perfect venue. If you have a great space in mind, then please feel free to email us so we can get in contact with them. Keep an eye out for more details about the meetup in future newsletters. We look forward to seeing you there!

How undergraduates can boost their CV
There are many short-term and long-term benefits that volunteer tutors receive. One of these benefits is how a volunteer tutor role can boost your CV, especially if you’re an undergraduate. This latest blog post delves deeper into how you can leverage your volunteer tutoring experience into CV-boosting qualities and skills. You can read the full post here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

7 Ways Undergraduates Can Boost Their CV By Becoming Volunteer Tutor

7 Ways Undergraduates Can Boost Their CV By Becoming Volunteer Tutor

What's new?

When it comes to volunteer tutoring, it is often thought that only those on the receiving end of the volunteering service are being benefited. However, there are many short-term and long-term benefits that volunteer tutors receive when they choose to take on this role. One of these benefits is how this volunteer tutor role can boost your CV, especially for undergraduates.

When a potential employer is going through your CV, they will always assess what extracurricular work you have done during the course of your studies. When they see that you have previously taken on the role of a volunteer tutor, it reveals a few things about your character and the kind of person they would be bringing on board to work for them.

It shows initiative
Taking on the initiative to be a volunteer tutor is a great way to get your foot in the door to the working world. Potential employers will see that you are not primarily driven by money and that you are willing to put in work when it is needed without being prompted to do so. It shows that the betterment of others is something you take into consideration and that you are also able to think beyond yourself. It also shows that you are proactive and willing to go the extra mile.

More exposure for you
By becoming a volunteer tutor you create more opportunities for yourself to be seen. It makes your CV more captivating to potential employers and gives them an insight into how you spend your time outside of university and an overlook of your skills and capabilities. The opportunity to be a volunteer tutor also puts you in an environment you may not usually be exposed to, and in doing so, it allows you to meet other undergraduates and professionals who may be able to pass your CV to other people. This creates a platform for you to network with different peers your age who may also be volunteer tutors, as well as potential organisations you may want to work with in the future. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor can also expose you to different potential career paths that you can look into.

Improved skills and experience
In as much as you are helping someone else improve their skills through your volunteer tutoring, you are also improving your skills and experience in the process. You have to find ways to be able to relate to the scholars you teach and find ways to relay the information you know to them. This improves with every tutoring session you have and helps to sharpen your communication, leadership, interpersonal, and performance skills. Being a volunteer tutor also helps with improving your thinking skills and personal development. In doing this, it gives you the right skills and experience for the workplace and under different conditions and environments.

Time management
Becoming a volunteer tutor requires you to have good time management in order to balance your academic career and personal time as well as being a tutor. It shows potential employers your organisational skills and how well you are able to manage the demands of studying and tutoring while working under pressure in some instances. Employers like to see that their potential employees have good time management skills and are able to allocate their time accordingly and prioritise different tasks effectively. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor is also a good way to utilise spare time and learning how to manage that.

Preparation for the future
Being a volunteer tutor helps to prepare you for working environments and other future roles you may look into pursuing. Even though you have the free will to undertake your tutoring sessions in times that work well for both you and your scholar, you still work under a specific structure and you must still meet the required hours as well as produce certain results with regards to your scholar. You also have to maintain a standard of integrity and abide by the rules that govern the volunteers within that organisation. This shows potential employers that you have the ability to follow instructions and how well you are able to fulfil designated tasks and work independently.

It shows that you are reliable
Becoming a volunteer tutor is one thing, but doing the job that is required of you is another. When taking on the role, you have to ensure that you will be able to fully apply yourself to the role. This is an aspect that potential employers look at – how reliable you are and how well do you perform in your role? The more reliable you prove to be, the higher your chances of growing professionally are and the more people trust you to do things that require greater responsibility.

An opportunity for personal enrichment
Lastly, being a volunteer tutor creates room for your own personal enrichment. It helps you discover strengths or interests you may not have known that you had, and it provides you with a different perspective on how you can approach your career and personal life. There are always lessons to be learnt and growth to be experienced when you open your mind to new possibilities. You also learn some of the things that work and don’t work for you and also leave having acquired some self-enhancement through the whole experience.

If you would like to boost your CV and become a volunteer tutor, then feel free to get in touch with us. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about GT Scholars and how you can make a significant difference in the lives of young people.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities to look forward to!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities to look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’ve come to the end of another week and I hope that you’re looking forward to an exciting weekend. It’s sure been a busy one for us here at GT Scholars. We’ve been getting ready for our Ready, Set, Go workshop tomorrow and we also have a new programme that we are launching next week. Read on for more details.

Would you like to volunteer at our workshops?
We’ve got a couple of workshops lined up for March and April and we are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and event coordinators to help! The workshop dates are both Saturday the 16th and 30th of March, and Monday and Tuesday the 15th and 16th of April. All events will run from 10am to 4pm. Please get in touch if you’re available to help on any of these dates.

Would you like to be part of our new programme?
Our new Career Insight Programme will start in Summer 2019. This programme will focus on helping young people aged 14-16 to get an insight into the working world and learn more about competitive careers in Finance, Law and/or Technology.  The programme consists of 5 enrichment days that will take place at universities and top-tier companies. If you are interested in getting involved in this new and exciting programme, please email me and we can set up a time to discuss the details.

Thinking about becoming a volunteer tutor?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or if you’re already volunteering as one, then our latest blog post is definitely worth the read! This blog shares 7 useful tips for making online tutoring sessions more productive and impactful, so that your tutee can reach their academic goals and get the most out of their tutoring. You can read the full post by following this link to our blog.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.