Diana Cleves MartinezBEng (Hons)
The great thing about doing these projects is to feel the positive effect you have on someone else.
Diana won Project of the Year at the 2015 Volunteering Awards for her Secret Santa gift collection project.
Graduation date: 2016
What type of volunteering project were you involved in?
A bit of everything. Gardening, card making and even the Chinese festival. I also lead my own Christmas gift collection project: Secret Santa.
What did you enjoy most about it?
The great thing about doing these projects is to feel the positive effect you have on someone else. Even if it is a total stranger, and even if what you did has not been life changing, the genuine gratefulness of the people you have been working with fills you with satisfaction for taking the time to volunteer.
What skills did you gain through this experience?
Depending on the project, you can always showcase a number of skills gained, from communication to teamwork, and leadership. You could even argue organization and responsibility for being capable to balance your academic and personal life while participating in volunteering events.
Why would you recommend other students take part in Community Volunteering?
I believe volunteering has the benefit that it develops and afterwards reflects in your CV a wide range of skills but can be also very fun. I say the later because the nature of volunteering is open ended. You can work with any target groups like children, elderly or even animals. There is no limit to the creativity of the activities so you can link it to a hobby or even to the nature of your career. It is unlikely that any job you have will give you so much freedom as your own volunteering project would.
What do you want to do after university?
After university I am hoping to work in corporate finance.