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Volunteering, a path to self-development

18 MARCH 2022 - KATE - ALUMNI

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Cami, BA(Hons) Event and Tourism Management, Class of 2020

My name is Cami and I am now a University of Suffolk graduate and an Alumni Blogger.  I first came to the UK in 2017 to study and I was surprised by all the cultural differences and opportunities.  I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Suffolk and went on to study postgraduate studies elsewhere.  I now work for the University of Cambridge as a Clinical Administrator.

I will tell you a bit about a volunteering role which helped me develop both personally and professionally.

Takeover Festival

My volunteering experience has been positively expanded by an event called 'Takeover Festival', dedicated to young people and their art.  I volunteered with Ipswich Library where a budget was given to put together a 1 day event for young artists to show case their artwork.

Volunteering to create an event entails a variety of aspects.  As part of a team of volunteers I have:

  • Shaped the logistics of the event and its delivery through creating an Event Plan and Risk assessment
  • Designed the event marketing resources required alongside a design company, understanding and using professional marketing methods
  • Expanded the communication of the event by giving a live radio interview for BBC Radio Suffolk and IO Radio
  • Interacted with a vast amount of people, such as library staff, academics and fellow volunteers

The event ran smoothly and it was rewarding to see that different schools got involved and encouraged their students to join in.  through this volunteering role, I met new people with different views and perspectives, developing skills in team building, communication and project management.

For me volunteering played a major role during my university journey, helping me gain experience and discover new ideas and points of view.

For information on volunteering opportunities speak with your Student's Union or contact the Careers Team Careers, Employability and Enterprise | University of Suffolk (uos.ac.uk)

 

 

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