Volunteers needed: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Do you want to be part of a team helping to organise the next Commonwealth Games? Glasgow 2012 poster

Volunteering at the Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity to get involved. Not only will volunteers have a great time contributing to what is planned to be an outstanding Games, everyone will also take away a tremendous legacy of experiences that will last in their memories as well as enhance their personal skills. Previous Games Volunteers have described their experience as life changing.

Volunteers will provide a key element of the workforce across a wide range of jobs. Although many of the jobs will be of a very specialist nature, including timekeepers, communications experts and  judges, there are also lots of opportunities for people with less specialist skills.

Applications for volunteers open in January 2013, and close at the end of February 2013. 

Make sure you register now so that you do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity! 


Dates for your the Diary

  • Applications open January 2013, via an online application, and close end February 2013
  • Interviews @ Glasgow between April – December 2013
  • Roles will be offered between April – Dec 2013
  • Training days – March 2014 – July 2014 (3 days)

· Uniform collection – April 2014 – July 2014 (1 day)

Register your interest now


Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 8 days between 23 July – 3 August 2014.


Tips for New Graduates

Car hire giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car, one of the UK’s ten biggest graduate recruiters, has set out some hints and tips for graduates looking to make themselves more appealing to potential employers.

1. Experience matters

Work experience and internships will often make you stand out. Employers know that a taste of the commercial world will sharply reduce the learning curve when you join the workforce full-time.

2. Volunteering

Unpaid volunteering highlights graduates with a social conscience and proactive work ethic.

3. On-campus activities

Make the most of clubs, sports teams and social groups on your CV, particularly in positions of responsibility. Remember to show how they  helped build teamwork and leadership skills.

4. The academics isn’t everything!

Unless you’re going down a route where you need explicit technical skills, it’s often good to position yourself as a well-rounded individual. A good degree matters but so does everything else you did at university.

5. Confidence shows

Some people are great at writing CVs but lack interpersonal skills. How well do you communicate what’s on your CV? How well do you sell yourself? Do you say “I’m afraid I’ve only done this…” or “Actually, I’ve achieved this…”?

6. Have you done your research?

Ensure you know at least something about the business where you’re applying for a job. A question that begins “I was looking at your website and wondered…” is a good sign to employers. Also, it’s often worth calling the company up before the interview to ask for more details about the job on offer.

7. Professionalism

It’s amazing how many new graduates don’t turn up on time for their interview or dress appropriately. Not every company expects a suit, but you should at least make the effort to find out about its dress code.

8. Using your initiative

For employers, the most promising recruits are usually those who really made an effort. That can mean everything from entering undergraduate awards and competitions while at university, to making the best use of your contacts afterwards.

9. Networking skills

Business is a social environment, so you will often have to demonstrate your skills at listening, making small talk and putting other people at their ease.

10. Motivation

If you get asked “Why do you want to work here?” you should have a real answer and not just a pat response. You might not yet be thinking in terms of a lifelong career, but you should at least know why you’ve chosen that company.

With thanks to Enterprise Rent-a-car

For more detailed information on the graduate application process, check out the CDC webpages