6 reasons why you should blog for SFU Volunteer Services

SFU Volunteer Services is looking for ENGAGE blog writersBy now, you might have already heard that SFU Volunteer Services is looking for blog writers. As one of the current writers here, I’d like to give you some insider scoop on what it’s like to be involved with this blog.

I first joined SFU Volunteer Services back in November 2009. I’ve been involved in some capacity with this organization for almost two years because I find my work here rewarding. But that’s not all. My involvement here also has enabled me to grow professionally.

With further ado, here are some reasons why you should consider writing for us:

  1. Expand your network. Volunteering can help you meet professionals in your chosen field. In my case, it was through the SFU Volunteer Services staff that I was able to meet the people who hired me for my current paid role as a Student Researcher & Writer for the SFU Online Learning Community.Volunteering also helped me get a co-op and (eventually) a part-time position with SFU Volunteer Services. I’m not promising that the same thing will happen to you, but at the very least, this position can help you meet very engaged individuals as well as staff working in the higher education sector. The networking possibilities are endless!
  2. Enhance your online reputation. Have you tried searching for your name on Google lately? Your online reputation is important because employers are now using search engines to find out more about potential employees. When you volunteer as a blog writer, your articles show up in a Google search because of your byline. Writing for us can help you build a professional image online while helping you build up a writing portfolio.  This volunteer position may help you land that dream job someday!
  3. Improve your communications skills. As a blog writer, you can hone your skills to prepare you for the workplace. As a student as well as an employee, I find that the papers we write for classes have a more formal tone than what is actually used in the workplace. Blog articles have a more conversational tone, so writing in this voice can help you prepare now for the writing required when you enter the workplace.
  4. Feel connected to the SFU community.  Because part of your responsibilities is to have some knowledge of what’s going on around campus, you’ll find that you’ll become more aware of various exciting events around campus. For example, it was because I wrote an article about it that I was encouraged to learn more about becoming an Orientation Leader. Also, it was probably because of this position that I found 2010’s Leadership Summit even more rewarding. As I wrote about that event, I was better able to reflect on what I’ve taken away from that one-day conference.
  5. Meet great people. In addition to the wonderful staff of SFU Volunteer Services, you also get to meet successful alumni and inspirational student leaders through this position. My first article was about Crystal Kwon, an SFU alumnus who was able to get her career started in large part because of a volunteer position. I also got to meet Sean Peters, an SFU student who co-founded Global Agents for Change and the keynote speaker at this year’s Leadership Summit. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a position — paid or unpaid — that offers the opportunity to meet many inspiring leaders.
  6. Get your voice heard. The ENGAGE blog gives me a good platform to articulate things I have in mind. Were you one of the many Vancouverites shocked by the riots after the game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals? Are you ticked off by tuition fee hikes? This position allows you to advocate for the things you truly care about. I thought the Haiti relief  efforts in 2010 were really important, and I am really thankful that I was able to write an article on how SFU students can help with those efforts.

Other selling points of this volunteer opportunity that you should be aware of include the flexibility in schedule and the supportive environment that the staff provides. I am confident that you’ll find volunteering with SFU Volunteer Services rewarding. Don’t let excuses stop you from volunteering. I encourage you to apply today.

Do you have any questions regarding the position? Please leave a comment below or email volunteer@sfu.ca if you have anything in mind. You can also get more information on Symplicity.

If you’d like to learn more about SFU Volunteer Services, visit our official website. You can also find Volunteer Services on Facebook and on Twitter.

By Kelvin Claveria

Note: This post was originally published on March 2, 2010, revised on September 30, 2010 and further revised on September 12, 2011.