Advance your career

Career Advancement opportunities

Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable in your current career once you have refined your skills in a volunteer position first.

Volunteering can provide career experience

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new field or gain experience in a different field without making a long-term commitment.  There may be volunteer opportunities that has a role you maybe interested in. For example, if you’re interested in health care role, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or opportunity that could further benefit your career.

Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills

Share your knowledge as you learn new skills, many volunteering opportunities provide training. For example, you could become an experienced tutor while volunteering for the adult literacy program, a knowledgeable historian while donating your time at the Fort Saskatchewan Museum or a lighting expert while assisting with a local play. 

Volunteering can also help you refine skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community. For instance, if you hold a marketing position, you raise awareness for your favourite cause as a volunteer advocate, while further developing and improving your public speaking, communication, and planning skills.

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that one cannot sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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