My first experience working for a Charity was in 2014- 2015 where I volunteered as a Sales Assistant for The British Heart Foundation Charity Shop. This job involved me:
- Interacting with customers and encouraging them to buy items in the store or donate money.
- Organizing and sorting out clothes, books, DVDs, shoes, bags and jewellery; pricing them and put them on the shop floor.
- The ability to work effectively in a team, for example when a group of my co-workers and I had to go out into the public to promote the charity and raise money.
- Working independently on the till, which was the aspect of the job that I did the most.
The whole experience, though tiring and draining, was extremely rewarding as each day I knew just how much I was helping others and the positive effect our work could make. Volunteering in a charity shop is easier than you think. They are always looking for volunteers as there is never a shortage of donations they get given. So as long as they are given donations, there is a lot of work to do. It is also an impressive thing to put on your CV, especially if you do it during college, as future employees see that you are able to manage your time efficiently.
I hope that this has encouraged you to research more into local charities around you, what they do, and how you can help.