Jaime DiMoff, with help from the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
March 20, 2019
Emphasizing your volunteer experience can help you stand out to potential employers. Employers want to see that you value helping others, and can work with diverse groups. Volunteering also provides you with new experiences that you can bring up in job interviews. Getting hands-on experience is one of the best ways to learn and develop new skills. As a volunteer, you will learn how to problem solve, work with others and can gain valuable leadership experience. These are all such essential skills that can be incorporated into your future career.
There is nothing better than knowing you are making a difference and positively impacting the community. You will leave feeling great about what you accomplished to make the world just a little bit better. This may seem like a bold statement, but it ’s true! Every little bit of your time given to volunteer is being used to make a better tomorrow. You can instigate change in your community, and see how truly valuable that is.
Network and Make Friends
Volunteering gives you an opportunity to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t have met. The people that you volunteer with could turn out to be a future boss, employee or friend. You can significantly benefit from networking at volunteer events. Volunteering makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. You are surrounded by others just like yourself who care about making an impact. These people could end up being someone in your innermost circle of friends.
Enhance Your Education
By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you can gain so much and deepen what you have learned in the classroom. Take advantage of new experiences gained during volunteering. Volunteering not only helps others, but helps give you the opportunity to find your interests and potential career path. You won’t know if you love something until you try it.
Learn About Real-world Issues in Your Community
When you volunteer in your community, you are exposed to issues that you may not have been aware of. After volunteering, you are able to advocate for these issues and encourage others to help where needed and work towards a brighter future.
The 2019 #MSUDayOfService is on April 13.
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