How Voluntary Work Can Lead to a New Career
There is something very satisfying about voluntary work; it can give you not only a sense of achievement but also a sense of being part of something worth while.
For many a volunteer taking part in voluntary work can be something that not only changes how they look at certain aspects of their life and the lives of those around them but it can also be the start of a journey towards a new career.
Why Voluntary Work?There is always a shortage of people to help in hospitals, nursing homes, children’s playgroups etc and for many of these institutions the only way they can meet their quotas of staff is to open their doors to volunteers who give up a set number of hours per week or month to come in and help bolster the normally reduced numbers of paid staff.
Voluntary work not only allows you the opportunity to help others it also helps to increase your life and work experience. Many of us would not find ourselves in many of these organisations if we did not volunteer our services.
Gaining ExperienceRegardless of our age we are always learning and during the course of our working lives the more experience we can amass the better it can be for us especially if we feel unhappy in our chosen careers and might like to consider the possibility of a career change. Volunteer work allows us to gain that experience and also to find out for ourselves whether or not we feel we would be suited to that kind of work.
The very least that can happen is that we sacrifice a few hours of our time to find out we aren’t suited to it whilst helping someone else at the same time.
Experience Towards a New CareerSome of us have CVs which are long and contain a list of jobs or indeed the opposite is the case and our CVs are short with perhaps only one or two jobs listed on them. A good way to help bolster your CV and also to prove to any prospective employer that you are willing to learn and to help; is to list any voluntary work you have done.
Some people refuse to detail their voluntary work on their CV as it feels as though they are massaging their egos but in reality a prospective employer likes to see that you are willing to help others and also that you are committed not only to helping individuals but your community as well.
Displaying such work on your CV proves also that you are honest and trustworthy and can work with a broad cross section of the community.
Choosing a Career in a Sector You Have Volunteered ForHaving had experience in volunteer work many people find they want to do the work on a long term basis and set about seeking employment in that area. Having volunteered in that sector will already have given you a considerable amount of experience and exposure to the advantages and disadvantages of that sector so you should be well placed to know if it is for you or not.
Again having experience already gives you a slight advantage when applying for jobs in your chosen area especially if you are up against individuals who are applying for the first time. This is of course not to suggest that you are automatically going to get the job but it will certainly set you in good stead.