Survey finds that grads with volunteer experience - whether
or not - are more attractive to potential employers
CALGARY, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - A recent survey commissioned by DeVry
Institute of Technology in Calgary found that nine in 10 Calgarians
believe volunteer experience on a resume makes a post-secondary
graduate a more attractive candidate to potential employers. The survey
also found that eight in 10 Calgarians believe pursuing volunteer work
prior to graduation is important for post-secondary students.
"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."
In their survey responses, Calgarians indicated that they believe the
skills and values which graduates acquire through volunteer experiences
make them more attractive to employers.
"Volunteering develops an understanding of how to function in a
workplace and how to work as part of a team," explains Franco.
"Volunteer experience of any kind is seen as an asset in today's job
market, and graduates are not limited in the volunteer activities they
wish to pursue."
According to the survey, three quarters of Calgarians believe that both
career and non-career related volunteer experience make post-secondary
graduates more attractive to employers.
Anila Umar, director of career services for DeVry Institute of
Technology in Calgary, says students need to be aware of the many
volunteer opportunities that exist and how they can improve the chances
for success when entering the job market.
"When students pursue volunteer opportunities, they need to decide what
it is that they would like to get out of their experience" she
explained. "We recommend that students volunteer for an organization
whose work they are passionate about or is of interest to them."
The survey's findings also show that Calgarians believe volunteer
experience benefits recent graduates in the workplace. Eighty-seven per
cent of people surveyed agreed that volunteer work provides graduates
with the skills needed to excel in their new position, with 65 per cent
agreeing somewhat and 22 per cent agreeing strongly.
Leger Marketing conducted the online survey of 500 Calgarians aged 18
years and older in November 2011. DeVry Institute of Technology
commissions quarterly career and higher education-related surveys to
provide the Calgary community with insight into trends that impact
local and provincial economies.
About DeVry Institute of Technology
DeVry Institute of Technology in Alberta is part of the DeVry University
system, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in
North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United
States and Canada. At more than 95 locations, DeVry University
delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, onsite and online, that meet the needs of a diverse and
geographically dispersed student population. DeVry Institute of
Technology offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer
Information Systems, Electronics Engineering Technology and Network
Communications Management. In Canada, the government of Alberta grants
approval for baccalaureate degrees awarded by DeVry Institute of
Technology. In the United States, DeVry University is accredited by The
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers
Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry Institute of Technology,
find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv or visit www.devry.ca.
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