Have you ever been in a situation where you've relied on the expertise or guidance of others? Have you received:

  • Advice about your career?

  • Help setting up your business?

People have given you their time in exchange for the satisfaction of knowing they helped you.

Byte Author Uploaded ImageYou can achieve that same satisfaction yourself through volunteering!

What Are Your Skills And Experiences?

What are you good at? What have you learned or experienced that someone else could benefit from hearing about?

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Here are some examples:

  • Resume writing

  • Creating a LinkedIn profile

  • Networking as part of a job search

  • Running your own business

  • Organizing and running an event

These skills and experiences form a content inventory of what you can offer as a volunteer.

What Interests You?

Consider who the right audience is.

Volunteers mostly choose causes that they have a personal connection to. Perhaps they have themselves benefitted from the cause in the past, or are connected to the cause through their industry, profession or location.

Here are some examples:

  • Arts and culture (eg. a local museum)

  • Entrepreneurship (eg. a program that helps young entrepreneurs)

  • Sports leadership (e.g. coaching)

I have NO INTEREST, in projects I have no interest in - Raymond Reddington

What Is Your Time Commitment

Volunteering requires commitment. It can be easy to over promise and under-deliver. Before volunteering consider:

  • Which days of the week are you available?

  • What time of day works best, and for how long at one time?

  • How long can you volunteer for: a week, a month or longer?

  • Are you available in person, remotely, or both?

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Quiz

"An hour per week is not enough time to commit to volunteering."

It depends on the industry

True

False

An Example Volunteering Plan

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Rowena just landed a new job and realized she is good at networking.

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She likes technology and wants to help others establish careers in this field.

Flaticon IconShe can dedicate one night each week to her plan for the next three months.

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