Hi, I've learnt a lot from volunteering at SU Advice, for example on university procedures and the experiences I have gained are invaluable. The working atmosphere is warm and supportive so it's great for someone who would like to gain more experience and equally great for the experienced as well. No two shifts are alike and if you like variability, SU Advice is perfect for that because there are lots of opportunities to do different tasks.
Shivani Patel, Volunteer Advice Assistant 2015 - 2018
Hi all! I am Jennifer, and I was a volunteer at SU Advice between Jan 2016 and June 2018. As a volunteer, I have supported advisers to clients on a range of issues, including financial difficulties, housing disputes, intermissions, and withdrawals. My experience has been great so far – I enjoy the variety of issues I have helped on, I love that I am able to make a positive contribution to people’s days/lives, and I have developed/enhanced important transferable skills. Having direct contact with clients, and working in a professional environment has also been very relevant experience for me because I would like to become a commercial lawyer in the near future. I would encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved with SU Advice to do so, it’s an excellent way to engage with the university community, give back, and to develop personally and professionally.
Uju Jennifer Okoye, Volunteer Advice Assistant 2016 - 2018
Working for SU Advice has been one of the highlights of my year! From day one my co-workers made me feel welcome and a part of the team. They have supported me ever since, making sure I am as prepared as possible to help anybody who walks in! I have learned more than I thought I would and the whole experience has been incredibly rewarding. I feel I have grown as a person and I definitely face challenges with a lot more confidence. Working here has thought me there is always a way to solve the problem and there are always people who are there to help me. I highly recommend working or volunteering for SU Advice. Not only has working here been incredibly beneficial for my personal development, it has also given me the opportunity to acquire new skills and real work experience for my CV.
Mira Dragieva, SU Advice Senior Adviser Frontrunner 2016 - 2017
Volunteering at SU Advice is a great way to gain a wide range of skills and experience, while helping fellow students with their difficulties. No two days are the same, and I was always kept on my toes, supporting with queries ranging from how to find a room to student conduct and more. Volunteers are trained by the friendly, full time staff. It’s a fun way to get involved within the Students’ Union while also giving something back to the student community.
Jan Laska, Volunteer Advice Assistance 2016 - 2017
Working in SU Advice had been the best work experience of my life so far. It is a great environment with friendly and helpful people and I enjoy coming in to work every day. I’ve been made feel welcome in the team since the first day and got all the help I needed from the people I work with. Not only am I able to aid other students with their problems, but I can apply the things I’ve learnt to my own life. I feel that in the past year spent working as a Caseworker, I’ve gained a lot of experience with a broad variety of issues, all that could affect me either during my years as a student, or even after that. I recommend joining the team of SU Advice to everyone as I’ve only had great experiences during my time here and I learnt so many things I can take away with me.
Boriszláva Czapár, SU Advice Caseworker 2016 - 17
You will develop a wide range of skills ranging from advisory skills to administrative skills. We aim to ensure you have the best experience possible and benefit from the knowledge and skills you can gain!