Is Volunteering Worth It?

A lot of individuals choose volunteering as a way of racking up that experience to be considered for a job later on in their career whereas others look at volunteering to better themselves as individuals. Who is more happy?
A lot of individuals choose volunteering as a way of racking up that experience to be considered for a job later on in their career whereas others look at volunteering to better themselves as individuals. Who is more happy?

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!

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  1. I volunteer to help out others and it really makes me feel better. It’s hard to find volunteers now because people expect to get something in return for what they give. ๐Ÿ˜”

    • That’s very good of you and I definitely agree. In this society, there’s always an ulterior motive. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  2. Nice post. For the record, all I want (not necessarily expect) is lunch and fellowship ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Haha no prob. Read your comment and saw your like on my comment over on Elijah Holston’s post so I visited. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜€ God bless!

  4. hey :), here it is ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for your considering the topic. It is actually something really important to me. It s important to volunteer in a cause that is meaningful to us, this is a way to learn and network at the same time. I really recommend it especially for single people and the students who still dont have any idea of what they would like to do later, this might help a lot. I dont mean volunteering isnt for couple and family, it is for everyone, it s just that , while we are single , the community can be our priority and when we get married, our family should be our first priority. Like this , anyone in his life has the opportunity to serve either the community and his family.

    Sorry for a long comment but I really love this topic ๐Ÿ™‚
    Antsa

    • Here it is, I always listen to my followers ๐Ÿค—. I can tell this topic is important to you and I completely agree with what you have said.

      Never be sorry, I love the fact that you’re so intrigued about volunteering, it’s an amazing cause. Feel free to use my contact page to let me know of any other blog posts you would like me to write and I will definitely consider it deeply

  5. I enjoy helping promote events in our community. Wherever you live, you can find outstanding people and interesting people. A little promotion helps them shine even more.

  6. I already requested in your comment not to give likes for the comment I given in another blogger’s post. I can’t understand what else I have to do to escape from your comment likes unnecessarily filling my notifications.

  7. I found volunteering very satisfying and I have done it for forty years. I’m still very involved in my community. I feel giving back to the community is the way to go. Nowadays, most clubs have a tough time getting volunteers. A lot of young people are not into volunteering because it does not pay. But you gain experience as you said, and most likely meet some influential people who might help you later on in life. It’s worth more than going to the gym.

    • Oh wow forty years, love that commitment! You just don’t see that these days. Giving back is always the way to go, I agree.

      That’s a good point; you may meet some influential people. This is something which is invaluable

      Thank you for reading my blog post and taking the time to write such an Insightful comment

  8. Hubby is a volunteer frontline ambulance officer. He considers his work โ€œpaying it forwardโ€. I couldnโ€™t deal with the carnage he had to but he finds it rewarding. He says people trust them at their worst time in life and he is honoured that they do and does everything not to let them down. Yes it is rewarding.

    • What an amazing human being! It takes a lot of courage to do what he does and volunteering is most definitely rewarding no matter what form of volunteering it is

  9. Hi Kamran, I read your article and wanted to share my experience with volunteering. I first stared volunteering in a local senior/rehab home when I found myself suddenly out of work. It was tough getting into, but I felt I had to do something to give back so I persevered. It wasn’t like I was busy, except in my job search.

    I have to say the welcome I receive from the people I was able to visit each week left me with a great appreciation of how so little can do so much. and not just for the people I was able to visit with, but myself. I felt a love you can’t imagine. When a person that you have been seeing for over 3 years tells you that you are their favorite person in the whole world, well, that is love.

    I know it is not for everyone and at first it was tough for me to see the human condition but if someone can work past the initial shock of how sad seeing someone in bed day on and day out is, i highly recommend this experience. Sometimes we are where we need to be.

    I hope you are well!

    • Love this story, thank you for sharing that with us. I do agree that volunteering can bring people together and can bring you the greatest memories

  10. At least in my country, you need experience to get a job easier. If I don’t have experience, people will reject me in the interview. Volunteering can help me gain experience. Unfortunately, there are no opportunities for me, nor for volunteering, nor for training. So I’m employed, despite having a degree.

    • Yeah it is very hard. I do wish you all the best and I wish you become employed in a place where you like it and you like the environment and the people around you,,

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