Is Volunteering Worth It?
Many individuals look to volunteering for experience. Studies have shown that volunteering is a very effective method of gaining experience to be considered for future jobs and for you to progress in your career. From volunteering, you can gain skills which you can draw upon in the interview process.
However, looking to do volunteering just to gain experience can lead to depression, especially if you do not like the place you are volunteering at and what you are doing day in day out. This also defeats the purpose of volunteering in general; to help others and to give back.
This leads me on nicely to my point where I believe personally that people who do volunteering out of the goodness of their heart are the ones who are more satisfied. They are the ones who are more likely to complete their volunteering and are more likely to be happy whilst doing so.
Always look to do something because you have a passion for it. This will allow you to be happy in more ways than you can imagine. When it comes to volunteering, it is no different. Ensure that you have a passion for it and you will be satisfied with the work you are doing.
I am not at all saying to stay away from volunteering if you want to gain experience. Volunteering is very good for gaining experience as I have mentioned before and it can be from volunteering that you land your dream job. I just don’t want you to go into volunteering with the mentality of being there just for the experience and just to put on your CV. You will not be happy.
Find the balance and you will get the most out of volunteering!