Volunteering can offer not only personal emotional benefits, but career benefits too. Leaving you feeling a great deal of satisfaction for helping others, giving your free time to a special cause is a great idea for many reasons. For those of you looking to enhance your career, or get your career off to a great start, take a look at these reasons to volunteer:
- Experience: Beginning work without any form of experience is going to be challenging. It will also be hard to convince an employer that you have the suitable skills for the role if you have nothing to prove yourself. Volunteering can show an employer your ability to work in a team or alone, as well as other valuable workplace skills.
- A career taster: By experiencing other types of work through volunteering, you allow yourself to see if you enjoy other occupations. This is great for those who are deciding what type of work they want to go into. You can get a taste for a particular role, without having to commit yourself fully. It’s also great for those looking to change their career, without making the plunge before they are sure. Developing your skills: Through volunteering, you can develop skills that you already have, as well as learning new skills. Developing and learning skills is not just something for those looking for work, as it can also be beneficial for people who are already in work. You may have a job that only makes use of certain skills, whilst allowing your other skills to go out of practice. Volunteering offers a great way to keep your other abilities in check.
- Confidence building: If you’ve been out of work for a while, it can be hard for you to jump straight into a new job. Volunteering allows you to stay confident in yourself and your abilities.
- Networking: Working for free is a great way to expand on your contacts. You never know who you may meet. It is worth keeping in touch with people you meet through volunteer work, as they may help you out in some way later in life. Become more self-aware: Through volunteer work, you can get to know your strengths and weaknesses at a deeper level. It can allow you to learn more about yourself as well as how other people view your working strategies.
If you’re looking for a great cause to get involved with and develop your abilities, there are plenty of local groups you can get involved with.
- Chichester Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre
- Saint Wilfrid’s Hospice Charity Shop or Furniture Outlet
- Sancturary – A charity aimed at helping asylum seekers and refugees
- Chichester District Food Bank
- Stonepillow – A charity aimed at helping the homeless
- Countless charity shops such as Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Mount Noddy (RSPCA), Bernardo’s, British Red Cross and Cancer Research UK.
- Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust
- Citizens Advice
- Sussex Police
Good luck on your new adventure from the team here at Kiwi Recruitment. If you’ve had a great experience volunteering, we’d love to hear about it! let us know by emailing: [email protected]
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