A useful guide to volunteering - the what, the why and the how. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to get involved in social action because giving up your time to support causes you are passionate about can help you to learn about yourself. Volunteering can offer you a great opportunity to develop a whole range of skills that you can apply to your future plans. For example tutoring in schools can develop your active listening, empathy and mentoring skills, which can be applied to a whole range of careers that involve working with people and clients. Similarly, organising events in your local area can develop teamwork and leadership skills, which are also essential within any workplace.