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Volunteering can be hard work, emotional and sometimes feel like a hassle. However the benefits of volunteering, particularly in relation to employability, far outweigh the negatives.
Firstly, anyone can volunteer regardless of your age or background and through volunteering individuals can gain vital skills, knowledge that can improve their employability skills whilst also providing them with focus to their career. Along with practical skills that can be gained as a volunteer, individuals will also enhance and learn soft skills, such as working as part of a team, time management or learning to be flexible in their work practices. Volunteering can also allow an individual to experience a potential new career path, before ‘taking the plunge’.
There are also recognised health benefits to volunteering, as it can help people reduce their stress, combat their depression and improve their self-confidence. Being a volunteer can provide a sense of purpose and helping a volunteer improve their physical health. Volunteering also allows people to connect with their community and give something back.
Many employers recognise the importance of volunteering and in some cases actively look for volunteering experience when they are selecting candidates to take forward. It is felt that volunteers often have something interesting to say on their CV when compared to those with no volunteering experience.
These are just some of the benefits of being a volunteer – want to know more, contact Carolyn: Carolyn@cvsfalkirk.org.uk; 01324 692014.
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