Thursday, December 1st, 2011

DeVry Calgary Says Volunteer Experience Helps Student Resumes

Volunteer Experience

Nine out of ten Calgarians answered they feel volunteer experience on your resume makes you a better candidate to employers.

The results of a new survey that was commissioned by DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary say that college and university students can get a lot from volunteering.

According to the results, a whopping nine out of ten Calgarians answered they feel volunteer experience on your resume makes you a better candidate to employers.

“The survey findings validate the feedback we frequently hear from employers: They value the time and effort that potential employees put into volunteer activities,” said Karen Franco, communications director for Volunteer Calgary.

“Employers believe volunteering is an excellent way to build skills that are beneficial in the workplace.”

The same survey says that eight in ten of respondents feel that pursuing volunteer work prior to graduation is important for college and university students.

“When students pursue volunteer opportunities, they need to decide what it is that they would like to get out of their experience,” said Anila Umar, director of career services for DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary.

“We recommend that students volunteer for an organization whose work they are passionate about or is of interest to them.”

The survey was conducted by Leger Marketing and polled 500 Calgarians aged 18 years and older in November 2011.

Schools mentioned: DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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