Can volunteering boost your career in science?
There are many reasons why doing a spot of volunteering could help improve your chances of landing your perfect job in science. Here’s how:
Volunteering helps you expand your network:
When you’re volunteering, you never know who you are going to meet. It is more than likely that your fellow volunteers are driven, well-connected and highly conscientious – and thus could be great referrals during your job hunt and in your long term career.
Volunteering can help perfect your skills:
Volunteering is a great way to practice your skills and learn new ones. As a volunteer, you will more than likely get exposure to different ways of doing things (e.g. management skills, problem solving, brain storming, conflict resolution) which will then help you challenge and re-think your current approach.
Volunteering can help you test the water:
Volunteering in your preferred scientific sector is the perfect (and risk free way) to test out your skills in that environment. This will help you decide whether this is the career path you want to follow in the long term.
Volunteering can give you the competitive edge:
In this economic climate, employers want the best of the bunch and there are a number of ways that volunteering can help you demonstrate that you are exactly that:
- Volunteering shows you are open to new experiences and challenges
- It shows you are not scared to take initiative
- It shows that you are able to work collaboratively towards a common goal