Volunteering + Your Career

Volunteering + Your Career

Volunteering isn’t only a good deed that benefits a cause or an organization, but it also can benefit the volunteer in their long-term education and career goals.

Here are some ways volunteering helps your career and education goals:

 

1. Strengthen your Resume

A resume is a calling card for all employees. It contains relevant information as to why you would be a good fit for a position to a potential employer. While most people associate resumes with work history, you can always include relevant volunteering experience to help you get the job. This is especially helpful for those new to the workforce without much work experience.

 

2. Build a Strong Networking Group

While many people think of career networking nowadays as being online with social media sites such as LinkedIn, there is still much to be gained by meeting potential network members in person. For example, if you volunteer at a soup kitchen you could be working next to a local chef who could be a potential mentor in culinary arts.

 

3. Develop interpersonal skills

While many people think of school as the main way to develop interpersonal skills, volunteering gives you a hands on opportunity to connect with others in a meaningful way.

 

 

“When I was in high school, I volunteered at a local museum helping young children in day camp. This interaction helped me develop a new way of understanding how small children learn, what interests them and how to comfort them. It was an experience that helped me in the years to come by teaching compassion, insight and kindness to people of all ages.”

-Alecia Murphy-

Ready to get started? Check out activategood.org to find a volunteer opportunity matching your skills, interests, and schedule! 

Written by Alecia Murphy

Sources: 

https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/volunteering-for-your-future
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/outside-the-classroom/volunteering-how-helping-others-helps-you
https://csuglobal.edu/blog/how-volunteering-can-provide-new-outlook-on-career-choices