May 1, 2012

Stand out from the crowd – be a Media Trust volunteer

by CIM GLR

in Charity partners, Events

Are you looking for ways to develop new skills? Get some new experience to help your CV stand out?  Perhaps you’re looking for a new direction for your career?

In today’s competitive job market, recruiters are looking for the top candidates who can show a wide breadth of experience and skills.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck in a career rut or in need of a new challenge, volunteering via Media Trust might be a good way for you to explore fresh opportunities, develop skills and try out some new ideas.

Over 70% of volunteers are from London…

Media Trust matches volunteers with marketing and communications skills with charities looking for help with these kinds of issues. You could use your skills to help a small international development charity come up with a digital marketing strategy, perhaps work with a local community group come up with ideas for marketing their training programme, or advise a youth project on branding. Although Media Trust works across the UK, more than half of all the charities that approach us looking for help are based in London, and over 70% of our volunteer advisers are from London too.

It may be that these are things you do in your every day job – but equally there may be things you’d like to try your hand at, or gain some experience in. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to share some of your skills and time with charities that really need the help.

Here’s a few of the current volunteers talking about what they’ve got out of volunteering:

“It’s nice to work on something that actually has some impact in the real world. It’s nice to be involved in something that affects real people. You can learn new things, meet interesting people, and use it as an opportunity to try new things and to hone your skills.”
Stephen Morris, Volunteer Adviser, London

“It helps provide precious exposure for charities that do amazing things that people just don’t hear about. As for volunteers, it’s a fantastic opportunity to offer something constructive and positive in the community and feel like you are making a difference. As a creative person I found it inspiring to discover these amazing people and I think I’ve gained a much greater respect for selfless nature of what they were doing.”
Ben Witt, Volunteer Adviser

“Media Matching was an eye-opener for me and made me realise that I take a lot for granted in my day job. It also forced me to think on the spot about how I could use my marketing skills to help to generate results with the limited resources such as budgets or customer (supporter) data that many of the charities have.”
Christopher Smith, Volunteer Adviser

Whatever interests you, whatever skills you have or want to develop, and however much time you can give, Media Trust can probably find you your perfect volunteering opportunity, to help you gain experience, challenge yourself and get ahead.

To get involved, visit www.mediatrust.org/media-matching-2, email mediamatching@mediatrust.org or call 020 7871 5654.

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