Can Volunteer Tutoring Boost Your CV?

Can Volunteer Tutoring Boost Your CV?

Volunteers 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.

When a potential employer is going through your CV, they will always assess what extracurricular work you have done. 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 or work 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, let us know! GT Scholars runs an after-school tutoring programme that is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic aspirations. We aim to tackle educational inequality and improve social mobility by helping young people gain access to the most selective universities and the most competitive careers. Visit our website to find out how you can become a tutor today.

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In the Know – Create and collaborate!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Did you know that LinkedIn has identified creativity and collaboration as two of the most sought-after soft skills by companies? Young people can benefit from learning these skills from a young age, so this week we bring you three activities which are centred around creativity, collaboration and careers!

Get Creative!
The Design Museum runs the Young Creatives programme for young people aged 14-19 years old. They have monthly meetings where young people work together as a team on design-based projects. They will get to take part in 2D and 3D design, join in workshops with designers and members of the museum team, and gain career insights. To find out more about how you can join, click here.

Learn about Careers!
Kidzania’s career fair will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd January and Thursday 24th January. Young people aged between 10 and 14 can participate in a series of workshops which encourage them to work as a team and develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They get to do all this whilst learning about different careers! Find out more here.

Vlog like a pro!
Young people have the chance to participate in MediaTrust’s Vlogging training on Monday 28th January. This free workshop, taking place at Google Academy London, is suitable for young people aged 16 and above. Lessons for the day include video editing, presentation skills and confidence building. Book your tickets here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – New Year, New Hobbies!

In the Know – New Year, New Hobbies!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Happy New Year! A new year is a great time to start taking up new hobbies or exploring new interests. You never know where they may lead, it just might be the first step to something bigger! This week we bring you three activities for young people to enjoy.

Be an Entrepreneur!
Ultra education provides weekly entrepreneur clubs at The Granville for young people aged 7-18 years old. This free event teaches young people entrepreneurship whilst building their confidence, communication skills and financial literacy. It’s an excellent step for young people to learn about how to do what they love and get paid for it. To find out more, click here.

For the Science Fans
The EasyCodingClub has a fun Lego Robotics Coding and STEM workshop every week at various locations around London. This free workshop is suitable for young people aged 6-12 years old and is designed to nurture young minds to develop an interest in coding and building robots. They will be able to learn key science and engineering practices and apply maths in a fun engaging way. To find out more, click here.

Be Creative with Manga
The V&A is hosting a Create! Manga workshop for 13-15-year olds on Saturday 26th January. Young people will be able to gather inspiration from the V&A’s Japan gallery and get to create their very own Manga characters. Tickets to this workshop cost £20 and you will need to book in advance to secure a place. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In The Know What's new?

The creative world offers many opportunities to young people from rewarding career paths to useful outlets for expression. This week we have lined up three diverse activities that will allow them to explore their creative side and gain valuable skills and new experiences.

British Museum – Make a Manga Comic
This one hour workshop will give your child the opportunity to design their own comic inspired by the British Museum’s collection of Japanese manga. They will get to develop digital art skills to create characters and invent stories at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre. This free workshop is for 11 to 16-year-olds and you can find out more here.

The Ideas Foundation
The Ideas Foundation is a creative community for 11 to 18-year-olds where anyone with ideas is welcome. They run one-day programmes, online media camps, and creative camps to give your child a taste of life in the world of design, advertising, and tech. They also have a student resources page to download free tools, templates and tips from some of the biggest brands in the creative industry. Find out more here.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Discovering Architecture
The V&A Museum presents their free activity backpacks for young people to explore the V&A through creative and fun activities. Their Discovering Architecture backpack for 11 to 12-year-olds will give your child the opportunity to learn about architectural drawings, colour, ‘connecting spaces’, light and materials, then construct a model and draw their own building. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Work Experience for Young People!

In the Know – Work Experience for Young People!

Careers In The Know What's new? Work experience Young people

Work experience provides young people with an insight into an exciting, new environment. It can help them decide if a career is for them, help them build essential employability skills and also be a nice addition to their CVs. This week, we bring you three work experience programmes for young people to consider.

PwC – Digital Insight Week
PwC has an exciting week planned for young people in Year 12 who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. Young people will get tuition from technology experts and learn key employability skills. This programme will run during the summer in 2019 and applications close January 31st. For more information, click here.

Rolls Royce – Work Experience Programme
Rolls Royce is offering young people the chance to see first-hand how they use STEM subjects every day. Young people will get to experience the career possibilities that Rolls Royce offers and earn an Industrial Cadet accreditation to show that they have developed valuable employability skills. Applications for 2019 are now open. To find out more about requirements click here.

Royal Museums Greenwich – Work Experience
Royal Museums Greenwich is offering work experience to young people over the summer. The 2019 programme is open to young people from a variety of levels and is a great opportunity for those interested in art and design. Young people can choose from the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark or Queen’s House. To find out how to apply, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Did you catch us in The Guardian?

Did you catch us in The Guardian?

Our Impact Success stories University What's new? Young people

Just in case you missed it, GT Scholars was mentioned in The Guardian at the weekend! One of our alumni, Micheal, was featured in an article about his perseverance through university despite the challenges he faces. Micheal mentioned how being on the GT Scholars programme helped him achieve some of the best A-level grades at his school and helped motivate him to pursue his aspirations.

The article has been an insight into some of the struggles faced by young people when pursuing their ambitions. In Micheal’s case, since going into university, he’s had to work 38 hours a week in order to fund his studies. No one should have to go through this at university and the article has led to many people reaching out to help him, including the creation of a GoFundMe page to support him through the final part of his degree course. We also hope that there will be further safeguards put in place to prevent young people like Micheal from having to fund their own studies, particularly if it is their first degree.

For us, this article reminds us of the importance of our work at GT Scholars. We feel very privileged that he still remembers what he gained from being on the programme. We believe that every child deserves a chance to succeed regardless of his or her background and this is one of the reasons why we run programmes for ambitious young people and provide free places to young people on Free School Meals.

To find out more about our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes for ambitious young people, register your interest here.


GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Entrepreneur, Engineer or Director?

In the Know – Entrepreneur, Engineer or Director?

Careers In The Know What's new? Young people

Did you know that fun activities can help young people identify their skills, strengths and what career they would like to pursue? They often don’t know if they’re interested in something unless they try it out. That is why this week, we have three great activities for young people to explore future careers!

Dragon’s Den Challenge
In order to give young people a taste of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, GT Scholars are hosting a Dragon’s Den Challenge based on the world-famous TV show. This FREE event for young people aged 11-16 explores the concept of entrepreneurship while imparting practical skills such as being creative, negotiating, communicating well and critical thinking. Book your tickets here.

Family Masterclass at the The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution is hosting a hands-on engineering workshop for families to design and construct a shelter. This workshop uses a hand operated STIXX machine will turn six sheets of newspaper into a solid structural rod which can be used to build your shelter. This will be a great test of the entire family’s engineering skills, design and creativity. To book tickets, click here.

TheatreCraft
TheatreCraft is a free careers event for young people aged 16-30 seeking an off-stage career in theatre. It is an ideal place to be for a unique glimpse into ‘behind the scenes’ careers like direction, stage management, producing, lighting and even designing. Theatre professionals will be on hand to provide tips and advice to young people considering this career path. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Have you noticed how technology has become a part of our everyday lives? What was once thought to be futuristic is now a possibility. This opens a whole new door of exciting opportunities that young people can explore. This week we have three events which give young people a chance to explore technology at its best!

V&A Create! Video game Design
Especially for the gamers, the V&A brings you a workshop for young people aged 13-15 interested in video game design. Young people will get to work with the V&A’s Videogames Artist in Residency, Matteo Menapace, and create and capture new ideas for a videogame. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to gain insight into all the aspects of game design. To find out more, click here.

Rolls Royce and The Institute of Imagination
Bookings are now open for Lab Life: Pioneering the Power That Matters. This family event will give everyone the opportunity to explore invention, prototyping, electrification and power. The day aims to inspire new generations about the challenges and possibilities presented by our future energy demands, as well as introduce the role that electrification can play. To book tickets, click here.

3D Printing Workshop
S.T.E.A.M POWER is an organisation that facilitates workshops in STEM to children aged 8 to 16. This particular workshop teaches young people how to use the computer program which controls the 3D printer. Young people will be able to design and print their very own unique pen with the help of skilled volunteers. Best of all, they get to keep their specially designed pen! To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In the Know – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In The Know What's new? Young people

November brings a chill in the air and the realisation that the year is almost over. For young people, it’s the calm before the rush that the next term will bring. The three options we have for you this week might just be the head start to next year that young people may need!

Apply Now for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme
Applications are now open for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme for young people aged 11-13. The programme will be helping young people get top grades at school and to help them to develop the skills needed to get into a top university or get into a competitive career. To find out more, register your interest here.

Royal Drawing School Taster Workshop
Bookings are now open for this free taster workshop for young people aged 16 and over who are interested in studying art and design. Young people are allowed to develop their skills in life drawing and are also encouraged to participate in the group crit afterwards to learn what makes a good portfolio. To find out more, click here.

National Youth Theatre Start-Up Saturdays
Applications are now open for the National Youth Theatre’s only weekly Saturday course for 11-14 year olds! Start-Up Saturdays encourage young people to put their passion for performance and ideas into action. Across a ten-weeks, participants explore storytelling, devising theatre, movement, music and character. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know What's new? Young people

STEM activities are a brilliant way to inspire more young people to take on careers in STEM. As employers still struggle to recruit skilled staff in these areas, there has been a great deal of effort made in recent years to teach young people the importance of STEM and the role it can play in shaping the future. This week’s newsletter has three great STEM competitions to inspire the next generation!

Google Science Fair
Google has launched a competition for 13-18-year-olds to exhibit their brilliant STEM ideas. Young people can enter on their own or as part of a group and stand a chance to win one of the 179 prizes up for grabs! The judges are looking for entries that offer a new perspective, fresh thinking, or an innovative approach. To find out more, click here.

National Engineering Competition for Girls
Talent 2013 invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century by participating in the National Engineering Competition for girls! Entrants are encouraged to create a project to show how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. The competition is open to all female students in secondary school and there are three different age categories between 11 and 18. Girls can enter alone or in a group. To find out more, click here.

BP Ultimate STEM Challenge
BP has launched the Ultimate STEM challenge for young people aged 11-14. By exploring the practical uses of science, engineering and technology the challenge is designed to stimulate creativity, build confidence and teamworking skills, and inspire young people to consider careers in STEM. This year’s challenge tasks young people with reimagining the solution to a real-life problem using their creativity, skills and knowledge. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.