For you and for others
- Invest in the future – your own and the community’s
- Get involved in the field you’re interested in working in / finding out about
- Make career contacts
- Make friends
- Learn new skills
- Enhance your sense of self-worth and achievement
- Help others
- Make a real difference
- Enhance your CV
- Have fun – volunteering gives you a chance to turn your hand to things you might not try otherwise. You don’t need to be a professional to help someone out.
- Volunteering demonstrates life experience and shows you have experience working with a diverse range of people – invaluable in the workplace.
- Indicates work-life balance.
- Your employer would be interested in the activities that give you a good work-life balance, just as academic institutions are interested in your extra-curricular activities. Volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of you, and gives real examples of your commitment, dedication and interests.
- Skills you learn volunteering can be transferable – planning a fundraising event can develop and demonstrate goal-setting, planning and budgeting skills, while supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop leadership skills, and demonstrates that you can work well in a team.
- Many of us feel inspired to help when there is an event or disaster (like the Black Saturday bushfires), but there are always opportunities to volunteer your time and skills to help others.
- You can find out where to volunteer simply by searching for ‘volunteering’ in your community or state, on the web.
- There are lots of organisations that can put you in touch with those seeking volunteers. Here are a few sites to get you started.
What can I do?
There’s more to volunteering than helping out at a soup kitchen. There are loads of things you can do. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how you might volunteer your time.
- Scout leader
- Red Frogs (Schoolies and university support network)
- Helpline counselor (lifeline etc)
- Working in local theatre – sound and lighting
- Computer tutor
- Wildlife carer
- Aged care visitor
- Gallery assistant
- Web developer
- English tutor