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Volunteering. Everyone’s heard of it. Most of us have even volunteered at some point in our lives. But what does it mean to be a volunteer?

Before we find that out, let us start off with a much simpler and “non-philosophical” question. What is a volunteer? A volunteer, according to the dictionary, is a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. “Freely” the key word here.

I want you to take a moment and ask yourself if anything is truly free in the world today? Then ask yourself, what could possibly make me want to volunteer?

There are several reasons to volunteer. I want to point out just a few.

Helps you learn new skills

Employers today are looking for a myriad of skills. While being proficient in MS Word is a very good thing, it does not make a candidate stand out. Volunteering helps you in dealing with a wide variety of people helping you gain invaluable problem-solving, teamwork and people skills.

Make new friends

I met some of my closest friends while volunteering. Volunteering makes you step out of your comfort zone and talk to new people. This helps immensely with your communication skills.

Expands your network

Volunteering helps you meet professionals from the industry. You can gain invaluable insights from them and at the same time you get to build your network. Now isn’t that what is called a win-win?

Become inspired

Unsure about what career path you want to pursue? Or do you simply want a change? Volunteering is the way to go. It can help you give perspective to your future career choices or help you come up with the idea that is going to change the world!

Builds your CV

It really does! Volunteering gives a potential employer the impression that you are willing to go the extra mile. Someone who volunteers is taking that decision to further their career in the right direction by doing what it takes to get vital experience.

Volunteering is fulfilling, inspiring and priceless experience.  What do you think now about what it means to be a volunteer?

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

 Arthur Ashe


This post was written by Jaim, Career Ready Ambassador and regular volunteer who can attest to the many benefits! 

If you interested in learning more about volunteering, visit Career Ready and speak to one of the friendly staff.