7 Incredible Benefits of Volunteering

We have all probably volunteered at some point in our life.
Whether it be at school when helping with the school harvest drive, or at work for a charity day, we have all participated in some type of volunteer work.
But there is more to it than simply necessity and obligation.
There are many benefits of volunteering that can benefit both you and the recipients.
As avid volunteers ourselves, we at Open Study College want you to feel just as good as we do when we help others. Plus, we want to help further your career and we know that volunteering can do this. Here are just a few ways:

  • It makes you feel good about yourself

The inner pride that you feel for having helped other people is a great warm and fuzzy feeling that volunteering can provide.

  • Expands your network

Volunteering allows you to meet people you would have never met in ordinary life circumstances who could end up being life-long acquaintances, or even present a career opportunity. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know…

  • Gives you life experience

If you have never worked in a professional environment, volunteering is a great way to learn vital lie skills such as time-keeping, managing your commitments and responsibility.

  • Enhances your CV

Having volunteering experience on your CV shows your future employer that you participate in extra-curricular activities and have something more to offer than those who do not have it.

  • Allows you to explore more career industries

It is hard to always know what career path you want to take. Taking up volunteering opportunities allows you to experience a selection of career opportunities without the long-term commitment. This way you can choose

  • Builds confidence

Volunteering allows you to build up the confidence of joining a new establishment, in preparation for the real thing. In addition, you will have to speak to a variety of people, improving your communication skills in the process.

  • Improves social life

Those who find themselves free on a weekend are usually those who will reap the benefits of volunteering. Having something extra to do will get you out the house and get you involved in more social experiences.
If you’re thinking about it, these are just a few of the benefits of volunteering. In addition, it is a great way to boost self-esteem and help others who are less fortunate than yourself. So, we would definitely suggest giving it a go!

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

7 Incredible Benefits of Volunteering