Why you should get a voluntary job

The benefits of a voluntary job can be many. The positive work that volunteers do for the community is obvious - and depending on what role you will be performing, you will probably be acutely aware of how you are benefiting the organisation and helping to make the world a better place.

Here we are going to outline some of the personal benefits of volunteering, in order to show that it's a win-win situation.

  • It looks great on your CV. Not only will you gain extra skills and a more diverse working history, but you may also secure a glowing reference. Employers will be impressed that you dedicated your time to helping others.
  • You'll meet new people - many of whom you might not otherwise have crossed paths with. Volunteers all have different stories and different reasons for giving up their time.
  • It's a great way to spend your time. If you're newly retired, a stay at home mum or unemployed, volunteering will ge you out of the house and provide you with new challenges and stimulation.
  • It can be a stepping stone to a new career. If you're not happy wth your current career path, see if you can volunteer in an industry that you'd love to work in (e.g. aspiring graphic designers may find a volunteer job designing the newsletter for a local charity).
  • It allows you to use the skills and talents that you might not otherwise use on a regular basis. Volunteers are ultimately a team and everyone brings something different to the table.


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