Demonstrating transferable skills through previous job experience is key to selling yourself to employers. Take a look at how some of our current interns used examples of volunteering to demonstrate that they had the key skills required to pursue a summer internship at Santander.
Emma Houghton, Intern, Finance
“I am an assistant leader at a Brownies unit where I go to university. I am also Secretary of the UNICEF on campus society at my university. I started volunteering with the Brownies when I was 14. I really enjoy interacting with people of all ages and learning about a variety of different things. The Brownies do a lot of learning about different cultures around the world and it’s our job as leaders to teach them as much as we can. For me it means I’m always learning too, and this keeps it interesting.
Volunteering and working with others has increased my confidence, leadership and organisational skills. I have to be in charge of activities and present ideas to other people and it has given me so much more confidence in myself and shown me that I do have the ability to lead and make decisions. This means that in interviews I can answer questions on team work and leadership skills with confidence knowing that I have some solid examples that I can give. I think the best way to persuade someone to be a volunteer is to tell them how much it will boost their confidence and how it will make them look good on their CV. People my age are particularly concerned about getting a job after university and volunteering is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition.”
Emma Wallwork, Intern, People and Talent
“I’m involved in quite a lot of volunteering. I’m organising a charity project during my internship at Santander. I’ve taken the initiative and approached different companies in Milton Keynes, who have donated prizes and I am planning on organising a raffle for this. I’ve sold doughnuts around the office to raise money for the NSPCC. I was also part of the team of volunteers who planted poppies at the Tower of London which was a fantastic experience.
I have always supported charities and volunteering is a great way to bring people together for a good cause. Plus the fact that you know you have made a difference and helped people is really rewarding. Hearing people's stories about ways they and their family have been helped by the charity you are raising money for is always inspiring.
I have developed my communication skills and persuasion skills through volunteering and improved my creativity, as you need to be innovative to come up with new and exciting ideas that will interest people. Volunteering helps you to develop on competencies that will be needed in all job roles - communication skills, leadership abilities, delegation of tasks. It also shows that you are a well-rounded individual and shows your interest in supporting communities and charities.
Volunteering will allow you to see what a difference you can make to people's lives. You will meet great people, develop your own skill set and support and build positive relationships with others.”
Charlotte Green, Intern, Learning and Development
“Some of the other interns and I are involved in raising money within Santander for the NSPCC. In the past I have also raised money for LEPRA and Comic Relief. It's always nice to know you have made a difference no matter how big or small. You also have fun doing it! Within Santander, the fact the money you raise is matched by the bank makes a difference too. Volunteering gives you the chance to have fun, meet new people and develop new skills. I would say my communication and planning skills have improved thanks to volunteering as you need to work closely with other people to create ideas for events and then make them happen.
I’ve also learnt how to manage my time, so despite my workload, I can still fit in volunteering and do my bit. It’s a great feeling.”
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