Careers Guidance For You

Careers Guidance For You


Welcome to Adviza's Careers Portal:

The Gateway to Planning Your Career


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You'll find lots of useful information to help you make the right decisions when it comes to choosing options and career routes. 

Go to Students


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You'll find the information and tools you need to support your child at key times when decisions need to be made.

    Go to Parents


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    You'll find key information, resources and dates of events to support your students through key transition points.

    Go to Teachers

    14th May 2024

    Why Volunteer?

    Summer is around the corner and what better time to consider volunteering? Volunteering alongside your studies can open doors to numerous benefits. Firstly, it's about giving back and feeling fulfilled; depending on what you do, it can teach you empathy and a sense of responsibility towards your community, shaping you as a person. However, it’s more than just giving your time, it's also a chance for personal growth, to expand your horizons, meet new people and build confidence.

    Engaging in volunteer work can boost your transferable skills like communication, time management, and teamwork skills. It also allows you to learn specialised skills relevant to your interests, whether it's hands-on tasks or more complex roles. Plus, volunteering can give you insights into different career paths, helping you figure out what you want to pursue. Certain careers, like those in media, healthcare, or social services often require relevant experience as it not only shows your dedication but also gives you a deeper understanding of the field, making you a stronger candidate. This is especially important if you are intending to apply for apprenticeships as employers value employability skills as much as qualifications.

    There's a wide range of volunteer opportunities out there, from helping at homeless shelters to participating in conservation projects. Think about what interests you and look for opportunities that align with your passions. Reflect on why you want to volunteer and what skills you hope to gain. Knowing your goals will help you find the right fit. 

    Also, consider factors like time commitment and any associated costs, especially for international projects. You can find volunteer opportunities through your school, job, or community organisations. Look into platforms like the National Citizen Service which involves outdoor activities, skill-building workshops and social action projects or The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which may be offered by your school. Local volunteer centres and online listings are also great places to start. Keep track of your experiences and the skills you develop. Seeking feedback and building connections with others involved can enhance your volunteering journey. Remember, it's about giving and receiving—it's a two-way street!

    For more information, see the Taking a Gap Year and Volunteering section of our portal.

    Local links:

    Volunteering in Buckinghamshire

    Volunteering in Oxfordshire

    Volunteering in Berkshire

    Volunteering in Wiltshire


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