The amazing benefits of volunteering
The benefits of volunteering activities are a new concept for many newcomers.
Of course, lending a hand to people in need is just as common in other cultures. But American society makes the most of the benefits of volunteering.
Volunteering has provided me with many benefits and was personally fulfilling. As I searched for a job, I needed professional connections and references in the United States. Volunteering allowed me to make connections and to demonstrate my skills. As a young adult or a newcomer, volunteering can present you with limitless benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:
Making professional connections
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to meet people outside of your small community. The new connections you make can guide you, teach you, and serve as a reference on your next job application.
Improving your soft skills
Soft skills are people skills, and they are important to employers and to your success at a job. Soft skills are learned by interacting with people and not through textbooks. If you are new to the country, or if this is your first job as a young adult, employers will ask you about your soft skills. By volunteering, you may get to improve your written and verbal communication, interact with other team members, model flexibility when things don’t go as planned, lead others, and take the lead in resolving issues.
Fostering better integration
As you arrive in a new community, meeting new people can increase your ties to the community you live in and can make you more aware of the culture. Of course, there’s no better connection to a community than feeling that you are making a positive impact in society.
Emotional benefits of volunteering
The satisfaction resulting from helping others is part of our human nature. It will also increase your self-confidence, make you happy, and assist you in becoming more comfortable in group settings.
Learning new skills
Volunteering can present you with valuable learning opportunities such as learning a new computer program, how to use new equipment/tools, and language skills. In return, those skills can be listed on your resume and increase your chances of getting a job.
In essence, helping others can be a life-changing event and will have an impact on how you view life. You are talented, and the community needs you as much you need the community. Whether you are part of a religious organization or a community organization, volunteering can expand your horizon as you gain new concepts and skills.