Tahera's Story

About Tahera.
If I have to label myself, the term eternal student would not be wide of the mark. I am currently on a gap-year, before I start training to become a barrister, and I indulge in a variety of volunteering activities.

Why did you decide to volunteer?
I volunteer because it opens up opportunities. It is a great way to meet different people, acquire skills and a fantastic way to build on personal and professional development. It can also make a difference when competing in a saturated jobs market. The fact that my contribution helps a worthy cause, a project or a person is also an immense incentive to keep volunteering.

Who do you help through volunteering?
Through my volunteering I have helped adults with learning disabilities; I have assisted in a free legal advice centre; I co-directed a drama production starring a bunch of talented primary school kids; I helped build a school in India and stuck posters on walls. Having had a positive volunteering experience in London, I am going abroad to try out volunteering in New York and Malawi.

How has volunteering helped you?
Volunteering has helped me network and build valuable relationships with different people. Some of these relationships have lead to fruitful opportunities; for example I was offered a paid summer placement at a city law firm. The people I meet have been useful sources of wisdom, advice and inspiration. Volunteering has widened my horizons and has pushed me to consider experiences and activities I did not consider before.

What would you say to potential volunteers?
I would encourage potential volunteers to become actual volunteers. Volunteers should choose opportunities according to their needs and time availability; this ensures volunteering is of a greater mutual benefit. I encourage everyone to volunteer to have fun and to gain a different perspective on life and work. There is something for everyone, get involved.

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