I saw the Red Award advertised several times whilst I was in my first year at university and thought it looked immensely challenging due to the 50 hours you must complete. However, little did I know that since researching into the award I had already completed 45 hours. I did not know that my job at Tesco’s already accounted for 35 hours of the award and I had no idea that being part of a committee in a society accounted for 10 hours of volunteering! This meant I had already fulfilled most of the criteria without realising, and I suppose many of you reading will have too!
All I had to do next was complete 5 hours of training and development sessions. I thought I would just be attending because I had to. However, I have found these sessions to be incredibly useful regardless.
The CV workshop I attended was excellent for me because the speaker recommended the design of a CV that stands out the most and is the most professional. My current one is no where as similar enabling me to now alter it, so it can look the best for when I am looking for jobs in 3rd year. Without attending I would have had no idea that my design was unsuitable. This is something that could have affected my job hunting.
Another session I went to was ‘Delivering an Effective Presentation’. The speaker was unbelievably enthusiastic and knowledgeable about delivering a presentation which inspired me to be more confident when presenting in front of a class (which I will have to do in a few weeks). Therefore, this should help me with future assessments at university. Furthermore, the journalism event called ‘Explore Careers in Journalism: Digital and Print’ was an insight into what a career may be like in journalism. This was perfect for me seeing as it is a career I am highly considering.
Without participating in the Red Award, I would never have found out about these highly beneficial events, so I urge those of you interested to participate.
The Red Award is not only excellent for your CV, making you stand out as someone who partakes in extra-curricular activities aside from your course, but it can build your confidence and push you to take part in events that can be useful for your future. Taking part in a committee role or volunteering for an organisation can also allow you to make new connections with people and build your teamwork skills, which employers love.
Consequently, why not take part in the Red Award? Incorporating the Red Award into your every-day life at university can be incredibly easy. For example, you could attend one training and development session a week for 5 weeks after a lecture. Even if you have not done any volunteering or worked since starting at the University of Reading this is the perfect chance for you to earn some extra cash whilst receiving an incredible award to go alongside your degree.
Head here to find out more: http://student.reading.ac.uk/essentials/careers_and_professional_development/grow/red-award/what-is-red-award.aspx