There are so many benefits of volunteering like learning a new skill set or keeping updated with the skills you already have. Volunteering is like exercising, you know its good for you and it has some great benefits but you don’t have the motivation to get up and get going.
Here’s some words of advice for you: You’re going to have to start somewhere! And if you want to become employed and grow in your profession, volunteering is one of the best, easiest and free ways to develop your skill sets. Once you get a routine down, you want to keep going because you don’t want to lose your momentum.
Still not convinced?
Here are 4 reasons why volunteering is the way to landing employment:
1. Gain New Experiences and Insights
Volunteering lets you get involved with new things and develop skills. Whether you’re volunteering at your local community center, a non-profit organization, or a cause that you are passionate about, volunteering allows you gain new experiences by being in different environments and situations.
2. Develop Connections with People
One of the biggest benefits to volunteering is the opportunity to connect and create relationships with people from all sorts of walks of life. Your co-volunteers and the people you meet along have a breadth of knowledge that you can learn from. Develop those authentic relationships and showcase who you are as a person because those positive traits are what employers are looking for when they are hiring.
3. Build and Explore Career Options
Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to test out a desired career path. Get involved with an organization that shares similar ideals and interests to see if this would be an gateway to the workforce. Volunteering can help you visualize your future in that field and evaluate the question: “Can I see myself doing this for life?” Even if you volunteer and it has no correlation to your intended career path, it might end up surprising you.
4. Have A Sense of Accomplishment
Volunteering isn’t a glamorous of job, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. You’re dong something on your own accord, taking the time out of your day to help others. The work and experiences gained as a volunteer makes us feel good. It builds self-confidence and lifts up the spirits.
Now ask yourself this one question to find out where you should start volunteering:
What do I care about that I would dedicate my time to?
Explore how you can volunteer by checking out some of these volunteer sites (you’ll thank yourself later):
- Volunteer Match
- The City of San Diego
- Hands on San Diego
- San Diego Food Bank
- LinkedIn for Volunteers