Not only is volunteering a great way to gain practical experience, it can also help you stand out from the crowd and learn practical skills which will make you more desirable for prospective employers. Kick starting your career!
Here are just a few of the key benefits of volunteering:
Work in an industry that interests you
From sports coaching to fundraising, teaching to mentoring, volunteering is a great way to hone your career skills in an area that interests you.
Gain valuable skills & experience
As well as helping to equip you with the skills that many companies look for in staff, volunteering as part of a structured volunteer programme can expose you to a range of core workplace activities, including: communication, line management, teamwork and using your initiative.
Voluntary organisations are well aware that many people volunteer to gain experience, and as long as you can show your commitment and dedication to the cause from the outset, don’t be afraid to be honest about your motives and use volunteering as a stepping stone to further your career.
Improve your CV and become more successful at interviews
Establishing what experience you want to add to your CV will help you identify the right volunteer opportunity. And, once your CV’s looking more complete, you’ll find it easier to reach the interview stage for the jobs you apply for.
One at the interview, you will have the perfect opportunity to impress recruiters with your experiences and passion for your interests. Employers are well aware of the benefits of volunteering and recognise the initiative and commitment that can be required by volunteers.
Whilst qualifications are undoubtedly of importance, voluntary work can help you get the experience you need. And remember, the benefits don’t end there: you’ll meet new people, try new things and almost definitely have some fun at the same time while volunteering at Dreams to Reality.