Volunteering work is also useful if you need flexible hours. Most volunteering positions offer flexible working days and working hours and so this can be easier to fit into your life style, while still giving you the experience of going out to a working environment. This is especially useful for students as these flexible days and hours can ensure that you are able to remain committed to your education and school work. Volunteering placements can be especially useful for students during the summer holidays as they can be a good way to spend time as they have major advantages for the future.
By volunteering you can improve multiple skills which can aid you in getting a job further on in the future. This is done mainly through meeting new people, improving your social skills and confidence. In many volunteering positions you will take on a specific role where you will either need to show the other members of volunteers your ideas or you will need to help customers. These roles require you to be confident and sure of yourself which can be difficult when you haven’t had much experience of this prior to starting, and so this volunteering job helps you learn and develop these skills by having you meet new people. This may seem like throwing you in the deep end however you will become more comfortable with this, and sometimes you may not even fully realise that these skills are being developed.
Improving all of these skills can aid you in getting a fully paid job in the future as it is not just your educational achievements that can be put onto your CV. Your CV can also include your skills, which includes skills such as good communication and good social skills as stated above, and you previous employment and work experience. This is where you can talk about your volunteer work in detail, stating what it has taught you and why you enjoyed it. This information will show future employers that you have not only been out to seek volunteer work but also that you are aware of how it has aided you and what you have learnt from it.
On the other hand, keep in mind that volunteering work can be hard to find in some cases as paid jobs have more advertising than volunteering placements. This means that you may need to carry out some research if you are seeking a volunteer placement, this can be done online and through word of mouth. Also the main difference between volunteering and employment is that you are not paid for taking on a volunteering role so make sure you are aware of this before making the decision but this shouldn’t hinder you as you are rewarded in the skills and experience you gain.
To conclude I believe that a volunteering placement is especially useful for students, especially in the summer as these placements help you gain valuaDon't ever question the value of volunteers. Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.ble experience and skills that help you develop and improve your CV for the future, while having many benefits such as flexible hours.