In the United Kingdom unemployment reached 6% in July 2014. Finding a place in the job market is ever more difficult, and is like preparing yourself for a race - you're fighting for 1st place against other people who may have been training as much as you, but they may have a few more skills that makes them a winner.
Once the race is won, many people fall into the routine of their new employment and don’t invest in further skills enhancement, such as courses and training. The high costs of college and universities fees are one of the reasons, but not being aware how Volunteering could be a great option for development might be another.
When volunteering, you're not only helping others by donating your time and skills, but it can be extremely important, both for those in work and also for those unfortunate enough to be unemployed, as it helps to broaden your experience and develop yourself as a person.
Some companies believe that volunteering in the community provides their employees with greater experience in dealing with people, more so than the classroom environment of training courses. In dealing with people from differing backgrounds, the volunteer has the opportunity to develop their communication skills in a 'live' environment, build personal confidence, and gain community awareness. Those who work 9-5, Monday to Friday, often don't realise that there is a world of possibilities to explore, giving them a different perspective on life and offering the potential to change the direction that their lives are taking.
Volunteering can also provide a potential springboard to promotion through training, for example in team leadership, often offered as courses or structured mentoring schemes. It's a great way of putting new skills into practice. Try it.
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