Experience is a word that scares every job applicant. For a fresh graduate seeking to grow a career, for a person who wants to change career, or for the highly qualified seeking some extra work, experience, or the lack of it, affects you. However, to the one who lacks enough of it, volunteering will go a long way for you and here are some of the reasons why.
Keeps your career in sight
Spending days, weeks, months or years without employment can be frustrating and sooner or later, the fire and eagerness for that white collar job dies out. However, volunteering can help you keep your career in sight. Choose the place to volunteer from which is attached to your career choice. For example, if you want to be a journalist, the most probable place to volunteer is a media house explore those departments, production department in television or radio, the newsroom in main stream media, editorial department in magazines, these will not only help you keep your eyes on your goal, but will also inform you on where you fit best. The best thing about this is it could be before you pursue your degree, or even during the course of your studies.
Gain the experience
Like earlier mentioned, experience is the catch phrase for almost all jobs and without it, you become a brain with all the knowledge but no application, volunteering takes that away. By volunteering in a real life work place, you gain the experience needed to help you know how to act in a work place, as well as apply the knowledge gained while studying in a practical way. As a result, you will be able to write a rich CV, despite not having got an opportunity to actually get paid for your work.
Reveals your interests and personality
Schools are there to impart knowledge, at least 90 percent of the time, however, they may not be in a position to help you identify what exactly you want to do with your life. Some people study one thing, and end up practicing another altogether and becoming experts. But you will not be able to find out what you are good at if you don’t take a chance on yourself by exposing yourself to the work force first hand, even without pay! Take a chance on volunteering, you might surprise yourself what you will discover. This will in the end help you become more focused in your job search since you know exactly what you want, as well as boost your CV, of course.
Provides networking opportunities
In this 21st generation, your network is your networth. Who do you know? Who knows you? Who you know is important, but who knows you may hold more water for you and enable you to land that job you are looking for. Volunteering is a great opportunity to become a person known in different aspects of the work place. Make sure you are good at what you do that no one can mention what you do without thinking of you or at least referring to you. This way, you not only get worthy references on your CV, but these people may at a later stage come to your rescue when you meet them in other walks of life. Volunteering therefore offers a great opportunity for you to show off what you can do.
Occupies your time productively
Lastly, volunteering will occupy your time productively which will show that you have the willingness to work and grow as a professional. No company wants to employ someone who has not the grit to work, or who expects to be treated in a special way because they can’t get their act together. Volunteering will therefore help you to spend your time productively gaining the much experience as well as ensure that you are well prepared to occupy a much awaited jb when the time comes.