Volunteer at O Day – a word from those who gave it a go

Katie Perry, Senior HR Advisor, writes about her team’s experience volunteering at Open Day. They’ll be volunteering at Orientation Day on Friday 19 February, and are calling on other UC staff members to get involved too.

Remembering back to when we started studying at UC many years ago it was full of trepidation and uncertainty, and that was just for the parents! Last year we organised for our team to volunteer as part of Open Day, it was a great chance to get out from behind our desks and remember what it means to be a staff member taking a student-centred approach to our work.

I would really recommend staff taking part in volunteering at UC events because being able to reassure parents and new to UC students with our experience and knowledge was incredibly rewarding and fun.

2014 Open Day 10.7.14. C Block, Undercroft, Lecture Theatres, Various helpers, Dept visits, Civil Eng, Geology, Fine Art, Chemistry.
A UC staff member talking to visitors at a previous Open Day

Our team was given responsibility for the busy C block lecture theatres, we worked alongside the volunteer students to co-ordinate the smooth running of the information sessions while also being available to help with directions and basic campus information.

The day gave us some unexpected insights, such as the genuine concerns and worries of parents and students, what degrees and programmes are most popular and it also reminded us how much we actually knew about UC!

It was a fantastic team activity and should be part of every new team member’s induction to UC! We all found the day so worthwhile, the students and parents genuinely appreciated the service we provided.

All we can say is get you and your team involved in volunteering at Orientation Day!

If you’re ready to take up Katie’s challenge – contact Events Team Leader Jayne Austin by emailing jayne.austin@canterbury.ac.nz or call 6916.