Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences for any individual. When you want to be a part of something bigger whilst adding some significant experience into your CV, very few can compete with the likes volunteering.
Even employers these days look closely at one’s volunteering experience when recruiting, as it can reveal a lot about someone’s personality and work ethic; hence using that information to determine whether or not the candidate would be a right fit for the company.
That being said, here are 5 reasons why you should be volunteering:
- It’s really fun
Let’s just get this out of the way right now. It’s fun! A lot of fun! Giving your time, energy and resources freely all for a good cause may sound like a lot to ask for, but knowing that you have made a positive improvement to the life of an individual or the lives of those in a community makes it all worthwhile.
Plus you get to meet new people and develop your skills all at the same time! What more could you ask for? Furthermore, the fun only magnifies the more volunteering you do! Whether that be abroad or local, any volunteering opportunity is one worth grabbing.
- Improve your job prospect
Believe it or not, most employers these days value volunteering just as high as an internship. Employers recognize the importance volunteering as it shows that a candidate can be civic-minded, which is a highly sought after attitude. Millenials generally align their values and believes in accordance to the work that they do, making them very passionate and hence able to produce quality work.
People who are civic-minded are generally also more collaborative, positive and work extremely well within teams. All wanted traits for any employer.
- Meet new people
Meeting new people who share a common belief and then working together to achieve that objective can bring all sorts of fulfillments. Many people connected through volunteering remain lifelong friends with some even finding their life partners!
Some social enterprises or charitable causes have even been formed through the partnerships and people one meets while volunteering. So you can say that volunteering could also inspire you! Who knows? Your next breakthrough innovative idea may come to you through volunteering.
- Gain real-work experience
Employers love this. Volunteering ticks all the right boxes here. ‘Real-work’ such as dealing with people and working as team can be developed through the marketing or logistical work one puts into their volunteering project.
This gives employers comfort in knowing that the candidate can be trusted in getting the job done in a professional manner. Hands-on experiences would really elevate your CV and in some cases can guarantee you a spot in the company you’re applying to.
- Broaden your experience
Sure you can gain experience through part-time jobs or internships; but it just doesn’t compete that well with volunteering. With volunteering, it opens up the opportunity for you to be completely immersed in a new culture, new environment and push you beyond your comfort zone – boosting your confidence and other strengths in the process.
You’ll spend long weekends on beaches, new towns and even new cities! Learn about a new culture and try their food! (That’s always one of the best parts!). You’ll be away and really exhausted, but you would come back home with a larger perspective of the world.