From volunteering, to employment!Posted on June 10, 2016
We believe that young people have the skills, talents, and energy to make Scotland a better place. Sometimes, they just need the opportunity to show it. At ProjectScotland we don’t just believe that to be true, we’ve proved it. Meet the volunteers who’ve all used their placements to secure their current roles:
Nicole joined ProjectScotland as a Marketing Volunteer. She helped us develop an app, created content for our social channels and found herself so invaluable that she joined us for a further few months as an employee. Now, she is a Digital Content Creator with Humanist Society Scotland.
“My time volunteering helped me overcome depression and insomnia. It gave me a much more positive outlook and I couldn’t be happier in my new role.”
“I started ProjectScotland as a Youth Marketing Volunteer, then I was lucky enough to interview for the role of Marketing and Communications Executive. Two and a bit years later I’m now the Senior Marketing Exec and still completely loving what I do.
Before I volunteered I had no idea what to do with my degree or where to start looking for a job. ProjectScotland gave me the support I needed to figure it all out.”
Logan volunteered with our partner Health In Mind as a HPS Connections volunteer and has since joined our team as Volunteer Coordinator for the West of Scotland.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I had more training through Health in Mind than I have ever had through any employer. Volunteering allowed me to explore career options and develop new skills whilst really helping others – undoubtedly volunteering full time is one of the best decisions I ever made”
Emily joined our team as our first ever Fundraising Officer. She was a ProjectScotland volunteer with PLUS in Stirling before joining us in our Edinburgh office. Since then, Emily has relocated to England and is now the “Community Fundraiser for Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire” with Marie Curie.
When she looks back to her volunteering she says: “I never expected to be given such a rich experience and then immediately walk into a job after only three months.”
Louise also volunteered with our partner PLUS in Stirling, before joining our team as a Volunteer Coordinator. She continued working in the ProjectScotland office for 2 years (also securing a promotion in that time!) before leaving us to embark on maternity leave.
Since then Louise has joined Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface as a Volunteer Development Assistant. “Volunteering gave me the opportunity to show and develop my skills after university. I’m now doing a role I love, helping other people benefit from volunteering like I did!”
Paul volunteered with our charity partner Blackwood as a Journalist and Content Creator. After really finding his feet in this role Paul is now their Social Media Coordinator and currently helps line manage new ProjectScotland volunteers.
Recently, he participated in a bungee jump to fundraise for ProjectScotland: “Thanks to ProjectScotland, volunteers have been coming to help Blackwood for years now, and I can honestly they say that their contributions make a huge difference. It’s a fantastic charity and such a worthwhile cause – for me personally it’s great to be able give something back to ProjectScotland after they helped me secure my first full time role with Blackwood.”
We have many more success stories to share with you, did you know 78% of our volunteers go on to further education, training, or employment after completing their placement? You can read more stories here, or find out how to get started on your volunteer journey here.