6 Powerful Reasons Young Professionals Should Volunteer

When it comes to measuring the success of our careers, we often focus on financial benefits. But more and more, many of us want to feel we’re making a lasting difference in the world.

One of the most effective ways to achieve that? Volunteering.

Whether you want to help the homeless, save the whales or advocate for children in developing countries, there is a nonprofit or community organization that would love your time, expertise and energy. The benefits of volunteering flow in both directions; not only can you help others, but you will gain valuable skills that will assist you throughout your career.

If you’ve never considered volunteering, here are six reasons why you should:

Fuel Your Passion

People volunteer because they’re passionate about a cause, and they want to make a difference in the world around them. The bonus is when you’re passionate about a cause, you’re also more likely to love the work, go the extra mile and inspire others to get involved, too.

Give Back

Volunteering uses your knowledge and skills to help others. It strengthens communities and, in many cases, can help those who are disadvantaged and helpless.

Find Your Tribe

You will be encouraged and inspired by working alongside people whose ideals and values align with your own, and you will meet a diverse range of people from different backgrounds. You never know where these connections might lead. We often hear stories of volunteer colleagues turning into valuable networking contacts, employee referrals, mentors, and more.

continue reading… The Savvy Intern

by Rebecca Jee


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