I always looked on volunteering as a waste of time in my youth. Why would I want to do something and get no return for it? But there happened a time in my life where there was no other opportunity than to take a voluntary position. I had no references, no recent work history, no nothing.
I had just came out of the better side of a serious psychiatric illness at that time and I had been away from work for about a year and a bit. What I went through I wouldn’t have wished on my worst enemy; yet, after a long period of non-work and coming to terms with what I had been through I just had to take a volunteering position as I had no recent CV, work history or references to back up that I was a good worker.
Once I took the plunge and started doing what every moral fibre in my body was telling me that I shouldn’t be doing I realised something pretty quick. That there are SO many opportunities in volunteering. From being a charity shop floor worker to the business overseer of a well respected community service (I’ve been both and more), and the skills that a person can learn from this is phenomenal.
There’s one thing that can be said for Volunteering is that if the powers that be notice enthusiasm and a willingness to be better, you will be thrown all the help that is humanly possible and within the boundaries of that workplace. It’s what happened to me. I started off as a receptionist with a passion for people and technology. This was noted and I ended up being an IT Tutor.
The world is your oyster! And hopefully I’m going to explain this in today’s podcast and how to go about doing it!