I started volunteering at Craven College horticulture department to improve my employability. Sometimes you need to take on some voluntary work that is mutually beneficial. The college has helped me learn new skills for a changing jobs market and within Craven College there are great opportunities to hear about any training.
It’s a great place to learn new skills.
After contacting the Craven Volunteer centre enquiring about volunteering work in the craven area I was directed to register with a website called do-it.org. I set up an email alert for any volunteering opportunities in the local area. This is how I found out that Craven College was advertising for a horticulture volunteer position. This is an area of personal interest and also an area I would love to develop a career in.
After contacting the college I was offered a part-time volunteer position within the horticulture department. I’m learning and developing new skills and knowledge in an area of personal interest within a stimulating and helpful environment.
I really enjoy the outdoors and physical work and I’m also enjoying helping out a local institution and the local community in general. This position is giving me the opportunity to network in the field and help me identify further training and career opportunities. I see it as very beneficial to develop skills needed to help maintain local heritage, such as dry stone walling.
After I completed my degree I worked in administration – I’m now looking at a complete career change and I want to specialise in Horticulture or Arboriculture. Volunteering at Craven College helped me gain skills and knowledge whilst working in a practical environment.