Anyone who has volunteered their time for a good cause will know how great it can feel to make such a worthwhile contribution. But did you know that volunteering can also offer many other fantastic benefits for people both personally and professionally. We’ve made a quick list of what volunteering could do for you and your career so give it a read and give it a go!
Volunteering presents a brilliant opportunity to participate in meaningful activities which can give you a real sense of purpose and achievement. Doing good for others and the community provides a sense of accomplishment and can help you adopt a more positive and considerate view of yourself and others. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals, and volunteering can give you that boost in self-esteem you may have been looking for.
Volunteering allows you to make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills. Participating in a shared activity can help create meaningful relationships with people around you and volunteering exposes you to people with common interests. Meet new people, talk to them and get to know them – you never know who you might come into contact with and how you might be able to help them or, crucially, howthey might be able to help you.
Including volunteering on your CV, in the same way as paid positions, is a great way to impress recruiters with your experience and passion for your different interests. If nothing else, volunteering demonstrates that you are proactive, dedicated to the cause and willing to work hard, and these are all highly valuable transferable skills that potential employers look for in any candidate!
If you would like advice on how to boost your skills and experience through volunteering, or any other form of employability support, contact the team today: 01792 284450.