What Volunteering Can Do For You That Classrooms Can't

What Volunteering Can Do For You That Classrooms Can't

By: Nicola Sznajder | Contributor
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It can be difficult to find time to volunteer in between classes; however, having at least one volunteering experience during your university career can be very beneficial. Volunteering mainly provides you with three things: new contacts through networking, gaining transferable skills, and earning real world experiences. At some point you will finish attending your last class so why not complete your academic career with a degree in one hand and a full resume in the other? Beyond strengthening your resume, volunteering can also help in other aspects of your life as well.

 

Confidence

Classrooms provide you with the tools and knowledge but it is advised that you apply your knowledge to real world situations. Through volunteer work, you will gain confidence in your skills and also identify your areas of weakness. You are left with a sense of pride in your work, an identity, and a positive outlook on your future. 

Exploring your opinions

It is difficult to imagine what career path or environment would suit you best until you have experienced a traditional office setting, an open office concept, or an occupation set in the outdoors. Volunteering will allow you practice and explore your opinions without having to commit to them long-term. Learning about your habits, and likes and dislikes early on will help you confidently identify your needs and gain a more realistic view of your long term goals. 

Staying healthy

Volunteering is one way to keep you moving and remaining active without feeling guilty that you don’t exercise as much as you should. Apart from the physical component, mental stimulation from general problem-solving and social interaction will keep you alert, combat social isolation, and broaden your social circles.

 

Take care of your studies but also take some time to seek out your identity and to exercise your social muscle beyond social media. Volunteering helped me identify people I enjoy working with, my weak points in my skill set and personality, and helped me make some good friends along the way. 

 

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Posted on October 07, 2014