Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Quick

Katie Quick

Volunteering included:

- RAG East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek project
- Support worker for The Stroke Association
- Teaching assistant for Woodlands School 

 2011-2015

"I thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering and fundraising experience whilst at University and can honestly say it has shaped me into the person I am today. Not only did it reveal my passion for seeking a job within the third sector but it equipped me with so many transferrable skills and experiences that academic studies alone would not have provided me.

I volunteered my time to a range of activities whilst studying a Psychology degree, some of which included building a playground for a school in Uganda, becoming a voluntary support worker for the Stroke Association in my local community and volunteering as a teaching assistant within a local special needs school. Not only did I grow in self-confidence, but I also made a great network of friends as a result. Being a part of something bigger other than my own academic studies was very rewarding and positively impacted the local and wider communities involved. In a competitive job market where many applicants now have a degree, I found that the experiences I could draw upon from my volunteering at University also helped me to secure interviews and jobs once I had graduated. I now work for one of the leading mental health charities in the country and have found a career path I find incredibly rewarding and fulfilling."