Why You Should Volunteer Whilst You’re Young
There’s a common misconception that the youth of today, if that’s what you want to call them, are too lazy and that they want everything handed out to them on a plate.
Whilst there are always going to be examples that prove this idea, just like there will have been for decades, there are just as many young people who blow it out of the water altogether with their work ethic and community spirit.
So, why should you volunteer when you’re young?
There are so many reasons.
Meet New People
Firstly, its a great way to get out into the world and meet new people. You could end up becoming friends with some of the people you volunteer alongside, and you’ll share experiences and memories together. Some of these will be positive experiences, but it’s probably those that challenge you that will forge the strongest relationships.
Sense of Achievement
Secondly, volunteering gives you a real sense of achievement. You really feel as though you’re giving something back, especially if you’re volunteering in an area where people are disadvantaged or even discriminated against. Often, people in the worst situations in life, whether they’re homeless or struggling with abuse and addiction, find it the hardest to get the right help. Volunteering increases their chances.
Thirdly, you can tailor your volunteering experience to your interests and to your schedule. No one is expecting you to give up your work, studies, or even your play time to work for free. The great thing with volunteering is that it’s completely up to you just how many hours you put in. You can also choose to volunteer in a field that matches your interest. Animal lover? Volunteer somewhere that helps animals.
Great for the CV
Finding a job when you’re young can be hard. Knowing what career path you want to follow can be even more confusing. That’s why volunteering can be such a good way to bolster that ever-important CV. As soon as any potential employer sees that you’re willing to go the extra mile and give something back, they’ll be falling over themselves to offer you an opportunity.
You’re young and you have your whole life ahead of you. Why shouldn’t you try every experience you can, even if it’s just to rule something out. Volunteering can be a path into employment, a tool to empower those that you help and, aside from anything else, it’s just a good thing to do. If you have a few hours a week, or a few days a month to spare, you should definitely consider volunteering whilst you’re young. You might not have the time again!