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How to build the ultimate skillset for your future job through volunteering

Volunteering is more than acts of kindness. Charity job encourages your self-development, providing the opportunity to become a specialist and build the necessary skillset for your future job. Whether nonprofit or not, employers will consider your voluntary experience a great virtue: they understand what well-grounded knowledge and skills it can give to building your personality. According to SEEK Volunteer Manager Amanda Robinson, "the skills developed through volunteering are being valued by employers." She believes that volunteering also "enables to explore your passions."

So, how to build the ultimate skillset for your future job by volunteering?


Decide on the industry

First of all, you should decide on the industry to volunteer and build a career. This affects professional skills you'll need to focus and develop. To enable choosing your area of growth, try the following:

  • Take a sheet of paper and make a list of your interests. What is your hobby? What do you like to do
  • Then, determine the level of your interest in every item. Are you ready to devote your spare time to it? Do you want to turn this hobby into your profession?
  • It seems the list halves its length, doesn't it? Now it's time to determine the level of your knowledge in every item. Is it enough to be a specialist in the area? Are you ready to grow? Are you sure you won't burn out in a month? Is your background enough to call this area your passion, without missing a beat?

The retained items will direct you to where you might want to hurl all efforts.


Learn what professional skills you'll need

Depending on the industry you've chosen for growing as a volunteering specialist, find out what skills (not personal but professional) you'll need for working successfully in this sphere. So, learn the niche inside out and decide on the knowledge and skills you'll need to train or gain before proceeding to business. You might need to learn design, programming, writing, management, teaching, public relations, customer services, etc.


Find resources to train your pro skills

Industry-related skills are crucial irrespective of whether you are a volunteer working at nonprofit organizations. Once you've decided on the professional skillset, it's time to do research and find trustful resources that can help you get quality training for your volunteering job.


Here are great resources you might want to check, depending on your chosen industry:

They all will help you get the knowledge base and concentrate on developing cross-functional skills, significant for every volunteer regardless of the industry.


Develop all-embracing skills

Whether you volunteer at writing and design or help nonprofit organizations with charity collection, install equipment, and online promotion, there are so-called all-embracing skills worth having. Make sure you master them. Among these are leadership skills, time management, planning skills, teamwork, organizational skills, etc.


How to build them:


Work on developing interpersonal skills

In volunteering, you work with people regardless of your niche. Such skills as collaborative working, confidence, speaking, flexibility, and communication would be a good practice to develop, too.


How can you do this?

  • Stay in professional space: visit seminars or conferences, meet influencers, network with them.
  • Build a writing habit. Retell occurrences of your day, which helps to enhance vocabulary and, therefore, develop speaking or communication skills.
  • Share your thoughts on social media. Even if for your friends only, it helps to build confidence and flexibility.

Further information

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