People underestimate the value of volunteering yet it is a wonderful thing to do. You not only feel better about yourself, but you also learn new skills, grow your network and create a third dimension of interest on your CV.
Although volunteering is a valuable thing to do at any stage of your life, it can be particularly beneficial when starting your career or changing career. Graduates, school leavers and career changers often struggle. With no direct, recent or relevant experience, that is unsurprising. However, if a prospective employer sees your genuine interest in a particular area and that you can demonstrate some experience, even if only limited, you will stand out from your direct competition. You demonstrate not only the volunteering experience itself, but use of initiative and interest in whatever field it may be.
What skills do I have to offer?
Before you decide on who you volunteer for, think about what skills you have to offer. If you struggle identifying what these skills might be, why not give us a call for a chat or contact us through our Contact Us form at: https://peakperformancehr.co.uk/contact
We can help you choose which skills to offer to which organisation. As a result, you might see you have some skills gaps. You will then recognise what courses or learning you might be interested in exploring which we can support you with too.
The experience you gain through voluntary work gives you the chance to see whether you like what you wanted to do as much as you thought you would. To find out about volunteering opportunities near you, why not go to https://do-it.org and see how you can get involved.