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Volunteering is an invaluable way to give back to Goldsmiths. As alumni, you have first-hand experience of what it means to be a student here, from the moment you first considered applying, all the way through to graduation and all the years that follow.
Why we need your help
In an increasingly competitive job market it is important that students and graduates can make informed decisions and gain the experience they need to pursue their chosen careers. For many, it may make a critical difference to the path they take during and after their studies.
Our volunteers make it possible for current and former students to access the skills and expertise contained within the Goldsmiths community.
We know from speaking to those who currently volunteer that it is a truly rewarding experience and can make a real difference to our students as well as those who have recently completed their studies.
There are several ways you can support Goldsmiths as a volunteer and doing so is a simple process:
Step 1: Choose what you would like to do
Visit our list of all current opportunities – this includes ongoing opportunities such as providing a graduate profile, mentoring on Goldsmiths Connect and becoming an Alumni Ambassador, as well as opportunities with specific deadlines such as speakers at Open Days or on career panels.
Step 2: Tell us what you are interested in
Email alumni (@gold.ac.uk) and one of the team, most likely Eilidh Campbell, Alumni Volunteer Coordinator, will be in touch.
We will ask you a few questions to find out more about you and the types of volunteering you are interested in so that we can be in touch with relevant opportunities.
Step 3: How do I get started?
For online volunteering, such as Goldsmiths Connect (e-mentoring) or providing a graduate profile, we can get you started straight away.
Other volunteering will follow a slightly longer process that we will guide you through. For example, to become an Alumni Ambassador or speak at an event, we will ask you for more details, and possibly a chat by Skype.
For those wanting to offer a placement or internship, we work with our colleagues in the Careers Service who will be in touch with you directly.
Step 4: What support is available?
Alumni who have been matched with the appropriate volunteering opportunity will be supported by the Alumni Volunteer Coordinator or occasionally another colleague.
The support varies depending on the type of volunteering. Those volunteering in person can expect a named contact and brief to let them know all the logistics and requirements. We have a range of other materials to support our volunteering events, from videos to toolkits and faqs.
What happens if I don’t get selected to volunteer?
We aim to only match alumni with relevant opportunities. This ensures a rewarding experience for all involved. However, it also means we may not find a match for everyone.
If there are no appropriate opportunities for you at the time, you will be included on our volunteer mailing list and kept informed throughout the year.
We recognise volunteer contributions by including their name on our thank you page, alongside our donors, and by thanking them in person at our annual alumni lecture to which volunteers and donors are specially invited.