With youth unemployment hitting a record of around 1.6 million, queues outside job centre are increasing and university graduates are leaving with fewer prospects of finding their ultimate dream jobs.
The prime minister’s new initiative to get approx 500,000 work experience, internship or apprenticeship placements for the unemployed 18-24s in 2015 is in debate, some are feeling skeptical about the proposal whether companies would hire.
Well the question is what shall young people do in the meantime, sit at home and be bored or consider other ways to gain experience, skills without a salary to start with.
Volunteering is considered one of the the best aids for job hunters, employers look for people who have gained new skills, experiences in working for charities, organisations, social enterprises because it shows real initiative and entrepreneurial flair.
There are lots of voluntary opportunities out there in the UK and international - see i-volunteer's opportunities page for some inspiration.
Volunteering is for everyone - people of any age can contribute as little or as much as they like to their local communities, boroughs, internationally by taking on any volunteer role they suit.
If you are 18 and have decided to take a gap year, then travelling abroad and working for a charity is great experience, even volunteering in the UK is fantastic as there are many organisations just waiting for new hands to help out.
My top five tips for finding volunteering work that suits your needs:
So if you want to try something new, want to put your hobby or interest into practice, meet new people, gain practical working experience, something great to add to CV then give volunteering a go.