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When you think of volunteering you might have a stereotypical vision of a younger person assisting elderly folks or someone wearing an apron and serving food at a homeless shelter or church. While those are all wonderful acts that are designed to help others, there’s so much more to it. Volunteering is one of the best things that a burgeoning professional can do for themself. It can help you hone in on a skill that you may not have known you possessed, allows you to build a bigger network, puts you on the radar of a company you admire, to name a few.

Volunteering has so many benefits to consider. First of all, when you volunteer you can gain experience in a specific field. For example, if you’re looking to go into the medical field, a lot of school programs (and some jobs) require you to have some experience prior to applying. A good way to do that would be to volunteer your time at a hospital, a clinic, or with any other organizations that pertain to the field of medicine you wanna study. Not only will you learn more about your future job, but you may be surprised to discover other aspects of healthcare that interest you. Another perk of volunteering is getting to expand your network. For example, I want to one day be more immersed in the film and television industry. Before the pandemic started about a year ago, I would volunteer every spring at the international film festival that happens not too far from where I live. I met so many wonderful people over the last 9 years. Some had interests in film like me, others fully immersed in the industry and living the dream. In the future if I want to create a project, inquire about a job, or pick someone’s brain, I now have a wide array of folks who know me, trust me, and are happy to assist me in my search. Lastly, volunteering can sometimes result in a job. Either way, your experience can definitely add more depth and skill to your resume making you an even more valuable candidate!

Volunteering not only can make you feel good that you’re helping out others, but it can bring you one step closer to your next job! If you want to learn more about volunteering, check out this great article I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you enjoy the longer days and the return of Spring. See you in April!  

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