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!Click here for reuse options!
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