13 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer In Your Home Town After Graduation
Let’s face it, most of us don’t have many plans beyond enjoying our last proper summer holiday. And that’s OK! But if, like me, you’re feeling pretty weird about the thought of not knowing what the future holds, why not put all that free time to good use and volunteer locally until you have a proper graduate job sorted?
1. Many small businesses in your town will value your input.
That’s right, it doesn’t just have to be Oxfam. There are all sorts of businesses out there, from bakeries or flower shops, to online businesses or independent bookshops.
2. It’s an easy way to get something on your CV.
While it’s good to take a break after uni, employers don’t like big gaps in your work history. Telling potential future employers that you volunteered locally over the summer holidays is a good idea.
3. It will give you a reason to get out of bed and do something productive during the week.
In all fairness, anything is more productive than getting out of bed after noon just to lie on the sofa all day watching Netflix and eating junk.
4. The work you’ll do probably won’t be very difficult.
As a volunteer, you can take a break from reading academic journals but also won’t have to learn all that business jargon.
5. Making it a great way to ease yourself into working life.
It’s not like you’re being graded by a coffee-crazed postgraduate who calls you “sweetie” and thinks your name is something entirely different than what it actually is.
6. You’ll meet lots of new, like-minded people.
And you’ll learn to deal with the irritating among them too.
7. Essentially, you’re networking with little to no effort.
8. You can get a reference from a professional.
They could be a massive help when it comes to making good job applications.
9. You’ll see your home town in a completely new light.
For instance, tourist Chester looks like this:
But you can also feed the homeless there:
10. You might just discover your true self and what you really want.
Even if your only self-revelation is that you don’t like voluntary work, at least you’ve tried something new and got some experience.
11. And your work might benefit some really vulnerable people or animals.
If you can make a real difference by volunteering for a couple of days in the week, why wouldn’t you do it?
12. Some small businesses or charities may even offer you increased responsibilities and valuable business experience.
At the very least, you’ll have something to brag about in your next interview.
13. And, of course, you’ll be doing good to feel good.
Even if you started out without much passion for voluntary work, you will leave with new skills, new friends and a stronger connection to your hometown. That’s why volunteering is a perfect way to get yourself moving before taking on the big, bad world.