While it might seem like just another task on your (already cluttered) plate, volunteering is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and boost your mental health.
Surprisingly enough, it can actually make you feel like you have more time to give, while building your career through gaining new skills, experiences and social networks.
Below, we’ll look into some of the ways volunteering is good for you and your career
Sharing is caring (for yourself)
In one of those (all too rare) win-win scenarios, when well planned, volunteering isn’t just good for the people and organisations you’re donating your time to, it’s also good for you. Study after study shows that volunteering gives back by providing you with purpose, widening your network and developing your skill base.
It’s also a boost for your career! As well as looking great on your CV, it shows that you’re eager to learn, can bring new skills into the workforce and can become a potential entry point into your employer of choice.
Not just that - volunteering also contributes over $25 billion dollars of labour to the economy in places where it’s needed the most.
There are a number of ways to get into volunteering and a plethora of organisations managing opportunities. Volunteering Australia and Govolunteer are great places to start and can help match your experience, interest and passions with what’s needed.
Giving gives back
Personal benefits aside, making a positive difference to people’s lives is what really matters, and that’s what volunteering is all about. It’s intrinsically altruistic and celebrates the goodness in us all, aiming to improve the quality of life for everyone involved. Just a few hours a week can bring fun and fulfillment to your life and actively create a community around you.
So give what you can, and you just might be surprised by what you get back.