You’re a great person: you work hard and volunteer often. You deserve a little recognition.
Murdoch University and The Murdoch Guild agree. So we are here to help you get formal recognition for your volunteering through the Community and Employability Pathway Transcript Application program.
There are many volunteering programs that allow you to get transcript recognition at Murdoch University, which is great!
The program run by the Murdoch Guild Volunteering recognises volunteering that Murdoch University students do for external not-for-profit organisations – e.g. Baptistcare, Oaktree, Kanyana Wildlife, Tax Help, etc. It doesn’t matter if the volunteering you do happens on campus or off-campus.
The important point is that the organisation you are volunteering for is not Murdoch University.
The Murdoch Volunteering Hub program involves 4 steps outlined below.
Step 1: Eligibility – Connect and confirm
Step 2: Apply – Contact and inform
Step 3: Do – Volunteer and Reflect
Step 4: Finish – Transcript and Certificate
An entry like this will appear on the Academic Transcript you will receive at graduation.
If you complete Section 3 of the application–which will only take you about 5 minutes to do–you can receive a personalised certificate to include in your employment portfolio straight-away. It will outline:
- what organisation/s you volunteered at
- what volunteering position/s you did
- an explanation of the value volunteering adds to your skill set
Yes. But 15 hours is the minimum time you can do at one volunteering organisation to successfully complete the application process. The reason is that 15 hours represents a solid contribution to an organisation, which is the kind of commitment you need to show to be successful in this program.
You can start your application as soon as you have secured a volunteering position at a not-for-profit organisation. The application “timer” starts on the day you submit Section 1 of the application. It is NOT tied to a calendar year. .
EXAMPLE: If you submit Section 1 on May 5, 2015, then you have until May 4, 2016 to get your completed application back to the Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub team.
No. Only the hours that you do starting from the date you receive Section 2 of the application can be counted towards your transcript application.
But don’t forget that you can and should write in your CV exactly when you started volunteering for the organisation. Volunteering over a sustained period of time shows that you are a committed person and successfully completing the transcript application will verify claims you make in job selection criteria and interviews.
Congratulations! And, yes!! Please do. You deserve to have your on-going commitment to volunteering formally recognised.
Yes, you certainly can. The Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub is here to support Murdoch student volunteers get recognised for their volunteering no matter how they found their position.
Yes, go for it! You can have one entry for each program listed on your transcript each year.
Because the Volunteering Hub Team don’t directly oversee your volunteering, we need there to be rock solid documentation verifying that you have, in fact, done the required 40 hours of volunteering, and that you have, in fact, developed your employability skills and contributed to the community. Between your organisation willing to vouch for you and your written reflection, we have that rock solid proof.
REMEMBER: The written modules are 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 transferrable 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.