Volunteering – Good for you, good for your community and good for your career….
Did you know volunteering is not only a great way to do something good for others, it’s also good for your career and your well-being?
Well-being: Volunteering can bring meaning and purpose into your life providing you with a natural sense of accomplishment. According to research, being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.
Career Direction: If you’re in the middle of a career change or unsure of a new path or direction; volunteering can be a great opportunity to try some new fields or types of work.
Skill development: Volunteering can provide you with the opportunity to practice important skills and develop transferable skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving.
Resume: If there has been some time since leaving your last job, fill some of the gaps on your resume. Showcase your new skills and experience! You’ll also be able to demonstrate that you’re reliable, experienced and organised.
Networking – By volunteering, you will expand your network, make new friends and potentially gain exposure to professional organisations to boost your career.
Finding the right organisation and volunteer role that meets your requirements and one that you will enjoy is the key! Ask yourself:
- What causes are important to you? What’s your passion?
- What types of volunteer roles and organisations are you interested in? Do your research.
- How much time can you commit?
- What skills can you bring?
- Do you want to try something new?
12 Days of Christmas – Here are some volunteer stories and personal journeys to inspire you.
Where can I find the opportunities?
Volunteering Geelong – helps match volunteers with organsiations needing help
Volunteering in the City of Greater Geelong – Explore the volunteer options and join the team
Go Volunteer – has a large range of volunteer roles including one off, short term and long term opportunities
What are you waiting for, start exploring now. Good luck!
Written by Lucinda, our new Networking Superstar. If you would like some assistance with finding a good volunteer opportunity for you, make a time to talk to Lucinda or any of The Skills and Jobs Centre advisors.