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Graduates 'think volunteering will boost employment chances'

Published: Friday, 24 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The number of people taking part in volunteering activities has increased, with many, including those looking for graduate jobs, thinking it will boost their chances of getting work.

A study published by the Institute of Volunteering Research highlights that 87 per cent of local volunteer centres have seen an increase in enquiries in the last six months, while over three-quarters of such centres say people want to use their volunteering experience to help find employment.

Further research by Community Service Volunteers said that nine out of ten people questioned felt volunteering would increase their job prospects, with 84 per cent saying it would make them more employable.

Commenting on the findings, Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said that volunteering is a great way for people to develop soft skills such as teamwork and communication.

"Many thousands of people are now looking for volunteering opportunities as a way of making good use of their time and as a route back into employment," he added.

Earlier this month, the Independent reported that the government is drawing up plans to help 400,000 students who will be looking for graduate jobs this summer by providing them with internships or volunteering opportunities.

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