A year ago or so Career Services and Community Engagement here at Western Technical College co-located. Today I want to share information about Community Engagement. The biggest connection I see is the fact that our students need experience in their fields and community engagement can be a way to add an impressive section to their resumes. Career Services is all about helping students create an awesome resume.
As a student at Western Technical College, you can find volunteer opportunities in our community by going to: http://www.westerntc.edu/ugetconnected. UWL and Viterbo students are partners in this effort as well. Those students have another way to sign in.
After you graduate and find employment (and any alumni or general public folks that are reading this post), you can stay connected by going to the main ugetconnected site at: http://www.ugetconnected.org/.
The best way to use the website is to look at (click on) the “agencies” tab or the “needs” tab. You can also click on your profile settings in the top right corner and click on “View Profile” to indicate the type of interests you have. Once you are on your profile page, click on “manage causes” and “manage interests” to add your passion areas. Choose interests that you know you will be good at and agencies that you are a fan of.
Doing volunteer work is part of community engagement. Volunteering not only adds good information and skills to your resume, it provides a chance to make new friends, do some networking in your career path area and most of all, when we give, we always gain. We gain spiritually. We discover how rewarding it can be to help others, to believe that “yes!” we have made a difference in the lives of others.
By volunteering students can gain valuable soft skills such as: problem solving, teamwork, communication and time management skills.
So get out and do things with your knowledge.
Click here to watch an in-depth video on how to use the Ugetconnected website. The first part of this video is all about volunteering and it’s benefits. To go directly to where you can learn how to use the ugetconnected website, the time stamp is 9.45 seconds.