How volunteering helped me find my dream job

After graduating with a degree in public health, Kay gained experience with Healthwatch Gloucestershire to help get her first job in the sector.

Landing your first job when you’ve just graduated from university can be difficult without relevant work experience. That’s why 30-year old Kay decided to explore volunteering as a way of building her CV.  

“I decided to volunteer to gain the relevant experience and came across Healthwatch Gloucestershire when I was looking for jobs in public health online.

“I attended some local meetings with Healthwatch, which is when the volunteer officer saw the potential I had and encouraged me to get involved in the Foods and Families Project.”

The Foods and Families Project was a short-term study which looked at the eating habits of Podsmead residents and was run by Healthwatch Gloucestershire and a local research consultancy called Evolving Communities.

Although initially Kay got involved as a volunteer, by supporting this piece of work she went on to be the project’s Community Researcher.

“Volunteering is a great way of opening many doors that couldn’t be opened before. I never thought volunteering could give me so many options and lead to the career path I’m currently on.

“I would say to anyone currently looking for a job – volunteering is a great way to start. Healthwatch has helped me to use my degree and get the job I wanted.

“Importantly, it’s helped me see the great potential within myself. I get to meet new people every day and experience so many different things.

Volunteering with Healthwatch is the best thing that could have ever happened to me.

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