Whether you find yourself suddenly unemployed, facing a pending layoff or simply trying to forge ahead in your career, volunteering can provide benefits beyond those that traditionally come to mind. Fostering a better community spirit and lending a helping hand can lift your spirit and provide a much needed mental boost, but it can also provide some unexpected indirect benefits.
Volunteering isn’t always about the obvious. Think about all of the possibilities associated with getting involved in a charity event, fundraising challenge or mentoring program. If you take a moment and evaluate the situation, opportunity lies behind every door. Challenge yourself today to get involved and take the plunge into volunteering and giving back. Your heart, spirit and wallet may just thank you for it.
So, you may be asking yourself what volunteering has to do with your career. At first glance, volunteering is about helping others, but if you delve deeper you will find you may just help yourself at the same time.
For those struggling to find a rewarding career or searching aimlessly for a career path to follow, volunteering can really pay dividends. By getting involved, you may just uncover your hidden passion or discover your true calling. Whether your career choice is philanthropic in nature or not, a rewarding career provides you with the mental capacity to pass on your knowledge and lend a helping hand when needed.
Think about all of the endless possibilities for networking that exist through volunteering. The trick is to use your time wisely and capitalize on the relationships you build. If you are currently on the career path of your dreams or have an idea of the path you would like to embark on, get connected with volunteer programs centered on your chosen or desired profession.
For instance, if you have dreams of being the next great financial adviser, get involved with charity events and organizations that provide basic financial services to the under-served or underprivileged. Beyond connecting with the people you help, you’ll also connect with those who have been there and done that in your professional field. The experiences you have and relationships you build could prove invaluable as you continue on your path.
Seizing the Moment
Are you a natural-born philanthropist? If so, why not take the drive and passion you have for helping others and turn it into a full-time gig.
You may just find after helping others, your dreams of lavish vacations and luxury cars evaporate. There’s no shame in living a simple life. What if you could still earn a decent living and give back at the same time? Well, the good news is that you can. You just have to make a decision to seize the moment and take charge of your career aspirations.
Start by finding out what volunteer opportunities exist at your current place of employment. Get involved and start networking. You may find a career within your employer’s philanthropic giving department both financially and spiritually rewarding.
If your employer doesn’t currently have a program or department that handles volunteering and fundraising, maybe you’re just the person to get it started. Call it fate, and follow your passions at every turn.
Approaching volunteer opportunities with a sincere heart can not only open up your mind it can also open up new career paths and opportunities beyond your wildest expectations.
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