National Volunteer Week: Meet Eric Yuchi
Published: 21 May 2018
Woollahra Libraries Systems Support Officer, Eric Yuchi, reveals volunteering is not only a great way to give back to the community and meet new people, but can lead to great career opportunities.
Eric worked as a volunteer at Woollahra Libraries before taking on a permanent systems support role.
Originally from Nanjing, Eric studied at Wollongong University before returning to China. When he came back to Sydney in September, he began volunteering at Woollahra Library on its Tech Connect program, primarily using his IT expertise helping to teach seniors to use desktop computers and iPads.
Tech Connect volunteers work shifts at Double Bay, Paddington and Watsons Bay libraries on Thursdays and Fridays, and Eric also took the opportunity to volunteer at Council events like Poets' Picnic, held in February.
"I first started volunteering when I got out of uni to gain some experience. I really enjoy volunteering, it’s very satisfying and rewarding and good to give back, and it's something I would recommend for anyone who has the time," Eric says.
"Volunteering provided me with a great opportunity to meet and connect with new people when I first came to Australia, as I didn’t have family or friends living here. I received a lot of help from others and I really appreciated that, so I wanted to give back to the community and help others out."
"Through my volunteering work I became aware of my current role – Library Systems Support Officer, which is responsible for maintaining all of the systems within the library – and what I learned through volunteering was beneficial in terms of the contacts I had gained and knowledge of the library itself through the diversity of roles the volunteer program offers."
This diversity has continued within his permanent role.
"Aside from systems support, I'm also involved in performing other roles - I have to be on the floor for 12 hours a week, helping out. No matter what your specific job is, if you’re on the library staff, this is a requirement – we are also there to help, and this gives you a good grounding in the variety of functions the library performs."
To find out about volunteering opportunities at the Library, or in other areas of Council visit our Volunteering page.