2#Brief Intro – who am I My name is Beau Brug I am studying a double degree – Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of International Studies – with a Political Science Major and a Diploma of Languages – ChineseI love volunteering and serving the community – great way to make a difference, have fun and improve job prospects!I will tell you at the end a little more about what I’ve been involved in
3#Volunteering at/around University Volunteering has obvious benefits in that it provides an opportunity for students to gain more skills, better their resume and be best prepared for work after studyStrategic volunteering is essential what students should look to do throughout their university lifeHow do you volunteer / get involved?*Look, listen and learn-> s-> around campus-> university provides a volunteering portal -http://www.vconnect.org.au/Open up the link if possible -
4#Vconnect – AUUAUU VolunteerConnect (VConnect) is a program to help you link into volunteering opportunities with not-for-profit organisations. Almost three million Australians make a difference in their local community by volunteering with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.Why you should be involved?Volunteering offers opportunities to gain valuable work experience in a range of different fields. Not only will you be able to network with a variety of industries, you will also have a lot of fun and make plenty of new friends. And with VolunteerConnect, you can print a transcript of your on-campus volunteering history to impress potential employers!
5#Student Media On Dit www.lifeoncampus.org.au/ondit On Dit is more that words on a page. It’s our platform, our community, and our conversation. It’s the only place dedicated to student ideas and campus culture. On Dit is the home of the student voice, and in 2014 we want you to sing.If you have an eye for art, a passion for writing, or just want to get involved, now is the time. On Dit encourages all students to contribute in some way. Go on the website to contribute.Student RadioStudent Radio - three nights a week from March to November every year, from Tuesday to Thursday, 11pm to 1am.Hosted by students, for students, Student Radio broadcasts on Radio Adelaide at 101.5FM, via digital radio, or online at It's Australia's longest-running community radio station powered by over 400 volunteers – including University of Adelaide students.
6#Clubs on CampusJoining a club is the best way to meet new people who share your interests and to make friends on campus. The Union oversees more than 100 clubs representing all kinds of activities and interests – social, political, faculty-based, activity-based – they’re all here.Getting involved and volunteering with the clubs provide skills and enhance your resume whilst having fun and doing something you love, plus you can work your way up and get involved with the leadership of clubshttps://www.auu.org.au/Clubs/ClubList.aspx
7#Club ListSo many clubs – here are some I picked out that you might like:Humanities & Social Sciences AssociationAdelaide Entrepreneur ClubAdelaide University Chess ClubAdelaide University Animal Welfare ClubAdelaide University Anime ClubAdelaide University AYCC Action Group (climate change)Adelaide University Debating SocietyAdelaide University Labor Club or LiberalAdelaide University Swing Dancing ClubAdelaide University Photography ClubAdelaide University Oxfam ClubAdelaide University Wine ClubAmnesty InternationalEvangelical StudentsGAMES ClubGerman Car Appreciation SocietyMartial Arts SocietyRed Cross ClubUniversity of Adelaide Theatre Guild IncVgen – Youth Movement of World Vision
8#AUU Events TeamEach year University of Adelaide students have the opportunity to become a part of The Union events team through our volunteering program.The Union delivers more than 50 events a year, across all of the University of Adelaide campuses, ranging from quiz nights to fair trade expos, right through to music and cultural events. The Union also delivers iconic large scale events including O’Week, O’Live and the National Campus Band Competition.Each event provides a variety of opportunities to grow your skills base, improve your professional networks, and build your résumé. Our events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends, as well as experiencing the fun and camaraderie that comes with being a part of a great team. Volunteering also provides an opportunity to capture the attention of The Union Employment Services and demonstrate your value as a potential employee.
9#Student PoliticsMuch like the senior politics – i.e. in the Federal and State sphere – politicians run in their electorate to help and improve the community or that’s what they are supposed toAt university we have student politicians and student elections for various positions such as student media, SRC, NUS and AUU boardA week where student politicians try to obtain votes from their friends and random students – that happen to walk by – selling what they can do for you as a student of the UniversityUNFORTUNATELY most students don’t vote but avoid student elections #lazy #runaway #avoidBarrSmithLawns
10#SRC – Student Rep Council Do I hear student elections? Student politics? YESThe SRC exists to represent students. We do this through loads of events, media, campaigns, meetings and publications. There are SRC Office Bearers who advocate for specific student groups and issues, including Queer Officer, Welfare Officer, Education Officer, Environment Officer etcThis year they will also be running a free breakfast bar once a week where you can come and meet other students and SRC members and have a free meal!They hold fortnightly meetings that are open to all students so you can come along and hear the SRC report back on what they have been doing or give some input yourself!The SRC are students elected during student election week to represent the students! UNFORTUNATELY most students don’t vote but avoid student elections #lazy
11#AUU Board / Student Media The AUU – Adelaide University Union is a composed on a board of directors like any company – these directors make decisions in the interests of the students but most importantly the companyThe Union has funds that it uses to support studentsYou can be a Union member and join the AUU to receive benefitsThe AUU board and student media directors (ondit & radio) are elected by students in student politics week in semester 2, last year it was unluckily the exact same time as the Federal Elections #everyonesickofvoting
12#Myexperiences What have I got involved in? Lots – just some examples: On CampusWorld Vision (Vgen) - Volunteer with the Adelaide University VGen (World Vision’s Youth arm)Amnesty International - University of Adelaide action group Co-PresidentUniversity of Adelaide Red Cross - General Committee Member of the Club and campaign volunteerOxfam - University of Adelaide action group volunteer on campus (past communications)Oaktree Foundation - University of Adelaide action group volunteer on campus (past secretary)Local Government /Local CouncilSalisbury Youth Council – Youth Councillor working on youth-led projects concerning issues that affect citizens in particular young people in the City of Salisbury since late 2012 – attempting to establish City of Adelaide Youth Advisory body currently there is none.Playford Youth Advisory Council - Youth Councillor working on youth-led projects concerning issues that affect citizens in particular young people in the City of Playford from
13#Myexperiences What have I got involved in? Lots – just some examples: ExtracurricularGreen Team – participant of the Encounter Youth ‘Green Team’ that operated the 2013 ‘Schoolies’ Festival at Victor HarborOne Girl Champion – Ambassador/Funds and awareness raising for the One Girl Organization to educate girls in Sierra LeoneWhite Ribbon Ambassador – Ambassador in stopping violence against women since 2013Red Cross Ambassador - Advocate/encourage young people to donate blood to the Red Cross since 2010Motivational / Inspirational Speaker – through the Speaker in Schools Program, empowering school studentsThe Inspire Foundation/Reachout.com - National Youth ambassador advocating about mental health issues for young peoplePrograms I got involved inSA Youth Parliament - Develop bills, advocate and debate issues affecting young people, elected Deputy Premier in 2013, involved since awarded Participant Choice Award in both 2012 and 2013The Oaktree Foundation - Ambassador for Ending Poverty 2013 (travelled and lobbied Federal and State governments), participant of the Oaktree Generate Program 2013CausesCity to Bay 2012 and will participate 2014People’s Choice Undies Run - Participant of the 2013 run raising funds and creating awareness of Bowel CancerLeukaemia Foundation - Participant of the 2012 & 2014 ‘Be Brave and Shave’ raising in excess of $700World Vision - ‘Forty Hour Famine’ participant from raising upwards of $2,000Oaktree – Live Below the Line – from
14My Resume = awesome What decides that you get the job? Bob got straight high distinctions – you got exactly the same. Bob doesn’t volunteer - you volunteer. Bob hasn’t got the experience that the employer already desires. From your volunteering you got that experience and learn those skills that the job demands.Guess who gets the job…. YOU PS. Be strategic in your volunteering, use that to compliment you with skills, knowledge and will help to provide opportunities for work experience and a career.However be careful about employers exploiting you and obtaining excessive amounts of volunteering from you rather than paying you as they should.
15#my volunteering = job Through my volunteering I got employment Current role:National Youth Week Young Member for South Australia – so I coordinate NYW across SA working with the Federal and State governmentsI got this role due to my volunteering in local youth councils
16#SO #WHAT #NOW Get involved and volunteer Use VConnect and the Careers Service to find you volunteering opportunitiesCheck out clubs on campus and volunteer within themBuild your resume – employment is competitive – volunteering gives you the edge Volunteer responsibly – don’t overload yourself and do too much #studycomesfirst