In your social commitment, you get involved with others, take on responsibility and work with other people on a common cause. In the process, you gain a wide range of practical experience. For many employers, social commitment is therefore a positive signal of your personal and social skills.
Social/volunteer engagement includes:
- Participation in a social, political, cultural or environmental/climate policy initiative or group,
- Volunteer as a coach or referee in a sports club,
- Volunteering in a volunteer fire department,
- Participation in a church congregation,
- working in the student council,
- Collaboration with a school newspaper,
- Participation in mentoring and buddy programs,
- Participation in student councils and student representatives.
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Examples of applied soft skills from your social commitment
Describe a situation in which you worked with other people to achieve a common goal. This could be a group project at school or in a university seminar, the Abi newspaper for which you were on the editorial team, or the climate strike that you helped organize.
Was there a difficult situation in the collaboration? If so, how did you help resolve it? What would you do differently now, what have you learned for future teamwork?
Describe a situation in which you had to convince others of your cause or spoke in front of a larger group. Have you collected corporate donations for a community service project? Were you looking for sponsors for your high school graduation newspaper? Were you active in a student initiative or club, chairing meetings?
How did you go about communicating and what did you learn from it?
Describe a situation in which you helped organize an event or implemented a project. Were you active in your school days and helped organize school festivals, Abizeitung, Schüler:innencafé? Are you involved in an initiative or association and have you co-organized campaigns, meetings or demos there?
What exactly were your tasks and what do you take away from the experience?
Describe a situation in which you have led groups or been active in self-advocacy structures. Were you perhaps a team leader at youth camps or a trainer in a sports club? Were you active in the student council at your school or are you involved in your student council?
With such tasks you show your willingness to make decisions and take responsibility.