Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a day of service, I'm reflecting on how volunteering has shaped my life and my career.
But hold on? A recruiter and career coach telling me to work for free?
If you are looking to change careers and want experience,
If you are unfulfilled in your current role and want to balance that out,
If you are not working now and want to keep your skills sharp,
If you want to grow your network:
The benefits of volunteering are many.
I'm here running my own company and changed my career because I interned for a nonprofit after deciding to pursue a career change to HR 5 years out of college several years ago.
I knew I wanted a big change in my life, but I didn't how to make it happen.
I was good with people, had the overwhelming desire to make my degree count, and set out to find something in HR. I was lucky enough at the time to work in a call center, so I had business days off. I used that time to intern in HR under a recruiter. I loved recruitment, had the personality for it, and honed my skills throughout the years.
There are so many options out there today when it comes to the world of work.
Sometimes it's difficult to know if you should stick with a career path that pays the bills but is not fulfilling and seems sustainable by a hair or to take risks.
Some people are not meant for a 9-5 and that's ok.
One way to find out what you want to do is to volunteer or intern.
With virtual volunteering opportunities becoming more widely available, if volunteering is something that you want to explore from the comfort of your own home, it's easier than ever.