When free time is limited for college students already, taking the time to volunteer can often be put on the back-burner. But recognizing the good that volunteer activities can do for your professional life make these opportunities worthwhile. Volunteering during your college years not only helps others, but you additionally learn leadership skills and meet new groups of people. Take a look at Candace Faber’s ‘7 Ways Young Professionals Can Volunteer’ and read how you can make a habit out of giving back to the community.
1. Take A Step Back.
Take a break from being completely career-driven, and focus on your broader-life goals. Volunteering is a source of instant gratification; you automatically see how much you are helping others.
2. Find something you’re genuinely passionate about.
Find a cause that speaks to you. With so many online resources for volunteering, it should be easy to find an opportunity that interests you.
3. Join a community, not just a cause.
Volunteering is not just a self-gratifying activity, but also a chance to meet people with the same values as you. Seek out ways to become part of another social group within the community.
4. Make use of your skills.
Incorporate your skills and major into your volunteering. Not only will this add to your portfolio of work, but also give quality work to an organization in need.
5. Be judicious with your resources.
As a college student our “resources” are fairly restricted to time, talent, and (limited) money. Plan out which organizations mean the most to you, and then choose how much you are willing to invest in that opportunity.
6. Give consistently over time.
Finding volunteers is no easy feat for volunteer coordinators. Make it a priority to volunteer your time and talents consistently instead of just a one-time-deal.
7. Learn to lead.
Even though most entry-level jobs do not offer chances to be a leader, volunteering does. Find ways to take the lead on a small volunteer projects so you can be better prepared for future opportunities.
The huge impact that a little effort can have on community members and organizations is invaluable. Once you find a cause that is meaningful to you, the work will be completely rewarding and also build relationships and skills. To read Faber’s full article, click on this link.