Volunteering with IES
Volunteering with us is as rewarding as it is interesting and it’s vital to supporting professionalism in engineering and technology. If you’re passionate about the profession, why not join over 4,000 skilled and experienced volunteers and be an ambassador of industry expertise and influence?
How you’ll benefit
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, particularly if you’re just starting out at work or are new to an area. You’ll broaden your network and find people with common interests while giving you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills in a safe environment. And working in a team of peers and taking responsibility for activities can give your self-confidence and self-esteem a boost too.
It’s also the perfect way to discover what you’re good at, at a pace that suits you. You can work on the things you need to grow in and put the skills you already have to good use. You could offer to speak at an event, volunteer to chair a meeting, or manage a project – all excellent ways of growing your experience outside of work, while contributing towards your continuing professional development (CPD).
Any volunteer role is rewarding and valued in the way it contributes to the delivery of our charitable aims. Volunteering can also be personally rewarding through the sense of giving back to a valued profession, supporting and seeing others enjoy a successful engineering career, and in many other ways. It can also be a significant source of personal and professional development by providing opportunities to learn new skills, being exposed to the challenges of different activities and environments, and building an extensive network of colleagues.
Many people will commit to one volunteering role that they find especially rewarding, while others will transfer to new roles over time, or even take up multiple roles in parallel. This may be for many reasons but is usually because competencies and knowledge gained in one role have opened doors to different ways to influence and contribute. It may also be because their expertise has been identified for a particular area of the Institution that is under development.
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