Step 3: Do

Volunteer and Reflect

Within a week of you submitting Section 1 of the application, a member of the Volunteering Hub team will send you an email, which will direct you to all the materials you need to complete Section 2.

This section of the application has 2 parts.

Part 1: Log Book

You will need to log 40 hours of volunteering on a paper logbook that looks like this:

How to Complete the Logbook Information

Part 2: Writing Modules

This is your chance to communicate how volunteering has …

  • improved your capacity to be an excellent addition to any professional team or postgraduate program because of the transferable skills you’ve developed
  • allowed you to transfer concepts or skills that you’ve learned at Murdoch University to a professional setting
  • encouraged you to be an active, socially engage citizen

In other words, it’s your chance to think carefully about how you can show future employers and/or university selection committees that you are THE stand-out candidate.

You will need to write 7 brief reflections about the employability skills you’ve developed through volunteering and the contribution your volunteering has made to …

  • the organisation you volunteered for
  • the community the volunteer organisation serves
  • your academic studies

The  employability skills you need to write about are: Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, Time Management, Problem Solving and Initiative. (Look below the next and home buttons to see examples.)

You have 365 days from the date you submit Section 1 to the Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub team to complete this section of the application.

Here are examples of writing modules that uses STAR and 3-part models to organise and effectively communicate the value volunteering has added to the students’ skill set and learning. These students could easily rework these reflections into selection criteria, when they apply for jobs. You can learn about how to write and talk selection criteria on this website.

Writing Modules Model - Communication

Writing Modules Model - Contribution