We all live very busy lives and it is hard to even think about volunteering when we are too busy working to live. But, there are several benefits of volunteering which you may want to consider.
1) Networking through volunteering
We all have our networks of family members, friends, work colleagues – but volunteering can open you networking within a wider demography of people than what we normal circulate within. Thus, volunteering helps to make new friends and contacts as well as increased social and relationship skills through such interactions.
Who knows who you will come into contact with through volunteer work and where that may lead to both in terms of work, career and business as well as personal friendships and relationships.
2) Improving your physical and mental health
By doing good for others can help boost your self-confidence and self-esteem through increasing the satisfaction in your life. Volunteering can help combat depression but getting out and about can also help to be more active – especially if you are retried. Getting out and about and keeping your mind active is an excellent way of staying healthy.
3) Helping your professional career
Volunteering can provide you with many skills which you may not necessarily gain within your normal work – and thus through these extra-circular activities you can gain more skills and help advance your career by bringing what you learn through voluntary work to your professional day-to-day career.
There are many organisations which look for volunteers to help out and there is a vast amount of information on the internet about volunteering – so challenge yourself to go out of your comfort zone and volunteer.