After the Pomp and Circumstance, what will be your circumstance? If you’re going to be a college graduate, you’re wrapping up the final finals of your college career and preparing to enter the real world (if life hasn’t felt real enough). Your parents have probably asked; and we will too, “What are you going to do with your life?”
You may not even know what you want to do with your life, or you’re testing the waters of a turbulent job market where thousands of your fellow grads are clamoring for the same positions. While you’re pondering your options, there is one that oftentimes gets overlooked. Volunteering may be the best way to use your skills, find some new ones and ultimately land your next job in your new career. Here are some good reasons why new graduates should volunteer.
One of the easiest ways to boost your resume is by adding some volunteer experience. Volunteering shows potential employers that you are a well-rounded person and care about your local community. It also allows you to use the skills you have been crafting the past few years while in school.
Along with using the skills you already have, volunteering will give you the opportunity to develop new ones in a more relaxed environment. Maybe you have a background in finance, but want to try your hand at marketing or event planning. Volunteering provides an opportunity to try on many different hats, which may lead to a new career choice. At least it will show potential employers that you are flexible and willing to try new things.
Who else volunteers? Business owners; and other influential people. But you won’t know unless you ask. This means that while you’re volunteering shoulder-to-shoulder, you need to get to know those working with you. Additionally, if you’re working hard, people will notice. It may just be the quickest way to get a foot in the door for your new career.