#10. I volunteer as tribute…. Well, sort of.Blogs
#10. I volunteer as tribute…. Well, sort of.
Apart from the warm fuzzy feeling it leaves you, there are a number of reasons why volunteering could get you on the fast track to an exciting career. First of all it will vastly increase the number of people you know and therefore improve the list of contacts you have. The more people you know, the more that can potentially help you (and you can help) in the future. Volunteering also allows you to work on your social and relationship skills; abilities that won't just help you in the workplace but across the board. Volunteering is a huge aid in improving your self-confidence and can help you when you have to give presentations, meet new people or just have a more involved role in your friendship group. By practising teamwork, improving your communication skills and developing your problem solving abilities, volunteering ensures you stay mentally (and sometimes physically fit). Recently the government revealed how there was a large fear amongst employers that people out of work for any length of time will struggle to fit back into the structured world of employment. By making your own decision to volunteer, you're showing early on that you are proactive and eager to sample working life. This will help you stand out above all of the other young people in interviews for jobs, training and university. Often you'll be lucky enough to get training whilst volunteering that you can put on your CV. There really are no negative aspects to volunteering. It gives a chance to test a sector without making your final to decision to make that your career whilst all the time improving your skill set and helping to get you noticed by employers by improving your CV (Something we're going to talk about next week).
Next Week: #11. CVs - They're pretty important.
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