As part of #VolunteersWeek, we are highlighting the importance of how volunteering with a local business, charity or non-profit organisation will boost your employability skills and help you to gain valuable work experience.
In addition to the benefits above, volunteering can also bring benefits that you may have not considered. In 2017/18, 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others. Wanting to do good is a great motivation to start volunteering and it will also help you to feel like you are a valued member of the community because of your contributions.
How to start volunteering:
There are a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available in the UK where you can support local businesses, charities and non-profit organisations.
If you are looking to gain further work experience through a voluntary role, you may want to begin contacting local businesses. Offering your spare time to help these businesses will mean you're contributing your efforts to help your local community whilst also gaining the benefits of valuable experience and new skills.
Alternatively, if you are looking to contribute your efforts towards a great cause you can search for a voluntary role at a Charity or non-profit organisation. Click here to visit the CharityJob website to help you search for roles in your area.
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Benefits of volunteering:
There is an endless list of the benefits that volunteering can bring. However, we believe that the most important ones include:
- Boost your confidence - Volunteering will mean that you are a valuable member of your community. Whilst working in your voluntary role, you will be engaging with all types of people and learning new skills as you go along. This is a great way to boost your self-confidence and build a real sense of achievement.
- Build relationships and gain new contacts - During your role you will be communicating with new people and building diverse relationships. Whether these relationships are friendships or business related, they will benefit you in the future.
- Advance your career - As previously mentioned, volunteering will help you to learn new skills and gain valuable work experience. These hard and soft skills are something that all employers look for when recruiting. If you have proven that you have been dedicated and passionate about previous work, you are guaranteed to impress future employers.
- Learn more about yourself - Whilst volunteering you will be putting yourself into new environments and situations. These challenges will help you to learn more about yourself and your personality type. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses during your role which may help you to find a career that you want to pursue in the future.
- Make a difference - Roles that require volunteers are often the most rewarding! Whilst you are benefiting yourself, you will also be benefiting others. Whether you decide to volunteer at a local business, charity of non-profit organisation; you will be making a huge difference to the business or lives of others.