Bookings are now open for the Volunteering Fair on 9th October, but if you haven’t attended one before you might be wondering what to expect and how you can prepare. With over 30 organisations and 500 other LSE students attending it can be a busy night! The following guidance will help make sure that you use your time wisely.
1. Do your research
By doing a little bit of research on each organisation before the fair, you will gain a better idea of the areas they work in and the current opportunities they have available. This will allow you to ask the representatives more specific, in-depth questions about each role. All of the organisations are listed on LSE CareerHub along with many of their opportunities.
2. Use your time wisely
Decide which organisations you want to speak to, and what you want from them, before you enter the fair. It really helps to think about what you want to get out of the evening – whether it’s gathering information, talking to people and getting a ‘feel’ for the different opportunities available, or a more focused search for a particular kind of opportunity.
3. Dress appropriately
Its the voluntary sector so it’s unlikely that you need to turn up in a suit to the fair. However, you do want to make a good impression and wearing an old t-shirt and dirty trainers won’t do this. Just make sure you’re wearing something that you’re comfortable in, but that’s relatively smart.
4. Ask lots of questions!
If you’ve done your research, you should have plenty of queries that you’re keen to get answered – about the time commitment involved, the training provided, etc. But in the heat of the moment, you may forget them all – so write them down! Don’t be afraid to ask something that seems obvious, the representatives will be happy to answer all of them.
5. Go with an open mind
You might attend the fair with exact organisations and opportunities in mind that you want to find out about, but don’t be surprised if something completely new grabs your attention. Be prepared to be inspired by some of the fantastic charities on display.
If you are still unsure after the event you can book a 1-1 discussion with the LSE Volunteer Coordinator, on LSE CareerHub, to discuss your options.