I have read this advice over and over again and I’ve talked with people who work in the industries long enough to know that some people just don’t love their jobs and would seek out other opportunities to balance it out. My passion over the last 20+ years has been volunteering. Everything from Fitness to Public Awareness – I have found no financial gain in my volunteer passions – But what I have found is the skills needed to make money.
In today’s challenging job economy its important to constantly update your skills and what a better way to do this then to service the public in a volunteer capacity while you’re looking to advance your career.
Volunteering is a productive and rewarding way to connect and contribute to the well-being of your community it can also provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. Another good reason to volunteer is it helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
For others it can give you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. I encourage young people just starting out with some simple “interest” Volunteer Activities to build your social skills…if you are shy maybe an animal shelter would be a wonderful start-up experience for you – http://www.paws.org/volunteer.html
Here are few of my favorite links to help you in your search –
Volunteer Government – http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/index-eng.shtml
Volunteer Vancouver – http://vancouver.ca/oneday/connect/volunteer.htm
Volunteer Overseas – http://www.go-volunteerabroad.com/volunteer-abroad-blog/volunteer-abroad-free/1637