In areas with lots of young students, networking events are a popular way to make business connections.
With so many opportunities to choose from and limited time to spend, picking a cause to volunteer with isn't always the easiest thing to do. Help potential student volunteers find their ideal role in a unique and quick way that excites and intrigues.
Here are some considerations for organising a speed networking event:
- Ensure there's a good variety of volunteering opportunities and nonprofits on display that cover the interests of students from various disciplines.
- Pick an event venue large enough to hold your audience. There needs to be adequate space for personal interaction between volunteers and nonprofits.
- Encourage follow-ups between interested volunteers and nonprofits to help them make an informed decision and get started in a role.
- Have refreshments available such as food and drinks.
Who has done it?
- University of Technology, Sydney
Have you run a successful speed networking event?
Hosting a volunteering expo offers students the opportunity to discover a wide range of volunteering roles. They can network with people involved in various nonprofits and community groups.
Here are some considerations for hosting a volunteering expo:
- Plan the details of the expo (date, time, personnel, budget, logistics, publicity, etc.) well ahead of time.
- Consider working in a team to leverage on different skills and capabilities.
- Invite nonprofits and community groups to provide information (and a representative if possible) related to skilled volunteering opportunities for students. Look for organisations that have a range of opportunities to cater for students from different disciplines.
- Combine your expo with a presentation area where invited guests or organisations can give a short talk or lecture.
- Encourage student bodies to participate by setting up stalls to engage students in volunteering opportunities within the club/society.
- Ensure the expo is in a prominent, central and busy location.
- Consider providing guests with refreshments, power, and a wifi connection.
- Promote, promote, promote - to ensure as many students as possible attend your expo!
Who has done it?
- University of Queensland
- Griffith University
- University of Southern Queensland
- Queensland University of Technology
- Federation University
- University of South Australia
- University of Tasmania
- Australian National University
- Western Sydney University
Have you run a successful volunteering expo?