Some employees may consider volunteering to be a strictly personal activity. However, it can enhance your career in more ways than one.
Throughout high school and college, I was always an active volunteer. However, since graduating college in 2015, volunteering has taken a back seat. I’ve spent the first few years of adulthood focusing on my professional and personal development, from getting my first job to learning how to file taxes. Up until the end of last year, I hadn’t gotten around to finding an organization that I felt passionate enough to volunteer for. An article published by the Huffington Post pushed me to make a decision: If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now. The first action on the list was to volunteer.
I did some research on non-profits that needed volunteers and had flexible schedules to accommodate my day job. While looking into potential organizations, I also tried to consider opportunities that could help me grow both personally and professionally. I decided on a call center in downtown Boston because it would help serve three purposes: I would be helping those who need to talk to someone, I would enhance my listening skills and I would become more confident on the phone.
Working in PR is constantly about communicating with your clients, the media, your teams and others, so this seemed like a great opportunity. While many consider volunteering to be a personal activity, there are many ways volunteering can also help you with your career. Since volunteering, I have:
While volunteer work is unpaid and often unrelated to your job, it can offer many benefits that can enhance both your personal and professional life. Marketers are particularly well-equipped to make a difference – and can even change the world.
Want to get involved? There are many organizations that need your help. Check out VolunteerMatch.org for opportunities in your area.