Volunteering. Why is it important to you? Why do you volunteer?
Volunteers fulfill an essential role in our communities. Without them, many of the services and facilities that we take for granted would not be possible. In recent years, the contributions made by people like you have attained even greater importance because of the struggling economy Gain a new skill or enhance an existing one while minimising a gap in unemployment- things change so quickly these days.
If you find yourself out of the workforce for too long, there is a chance technology can change, industry trends change, key players’ change. Keeping yourself involved in your industry by finding volunteer or internship opportunities, you will be maintaining and keeping your job skills current. On the flip side, if you have considered making a career change, volunteering will expose you to real life skills and situations you may encounter in a new field.
This gives you an opportunity to try on a new career without having to make any long term or expensive educational investments without knowing anything about an industry. The change to get out of the house and feel good about giving your time and talent- Knowing from personal experience, being out of a job for any length of time can be down right depressing. I remember feeling like life is passing you by, your not sure where you belong and you are not a real part of anything important.
Volunteering is the perfect cure for those types of emotions. There are so many good people, pets and organizations that could benefit from what you have to offer… your time and your compassion. It is human nature to feel good about yourself when you are doing something to help someone or something else.