Volunteering Can Help Your Career Path

November 21, 2016

At first, being a volunteer might not have much appeal. After all, you give up your free time and have to work – sometimes very hard – and all without getting paid! But the benefits can easily outweigh the drawbacks.

Volunteering helps you:

Explore Careers: Volunteering is a great way to learn about career options and develop job-related skills. You can learn about a particular role, sector, or a cause. Volunteering can also expose you to workplace and office culture.

Learn New Skills: Learn and improve basic skills like teamwork, communication, patience, and hard work. Volunteer projects can also teach specialized skills, such as public relations, gardening, or home construction. Volunteering can even help you discover new hobbies you were unaware of.

Network: Never underestimate the power of networking. Volunteering improves your job opportunities. Meet new people so you will have more contacts when the time comes to look for a job.

Strengthen Your Job or College Application: Include volunteer experiences on job and scholarship applications to show your job-related skills, motivation and dedicated attitude.

Have an Impact: Show your community what you care about. Whether you raise awareness about an issue, deliver meals to the homeless, or become a tour guide for a local historical organization, you can make a positive difference in your community.

Many organizations, such as government agencies and nonprofits, need volunteers to fill a variety of roles. Find a volunteer opportunity that you would enjoy. If you already know about organizations that need volunteer help, you can contact them directly. Friends and family can help you find volunteer opportunities as well.

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