Here’s how you can turn your volunteering gig into paid work
30 November 2020 at 8:15 am
We talk to Volunteering Australia for some tips
It’s no secret that volunteering can be a great way to give back to your community and a cause you’re passionate about, make friends, and broaden your networks and skillbase.
There’s also a chance that with a bit (or a lot) of hard work, time, and passion, your volunteering job can turn into paid work.
But is there a right and a wrong way to go about doing this? We asked the CEO of Volunteering Australia, Mark Pearce, for some advice.
Volunteer more than once
It’s important to keep in mind that giving one random day of your time to a charity probably won’t land you an instant job. These things take a level of personal investment, so find a volunteering opportunity you enjoy, and stick to it.
“Potential employers will view an ongoing volunteering role as having more likely impacted on skills development and work experience,” Pearce says.
Be on the lookout for opportunity
Staying open minded about your experience as a volunteer is critical. If you go in expecting to get paid at the end of it, you’ll probably be disappointed. Instead, Pearce says you should keep your eyes and ears open for new contacts or opportunities that will help you find an entry point into the organisation.
“Job seekers need to be mindful of the potential opportunities to gain work experience or to develop skills as part of the volunteering experience,” he explains.
View it as a chance for self development
The job market is particularly competitive at the moment and it’s easy to feel defeated when you’ve been knocked back from all the jobs you’re applying for.
But volunteering comes with a whole range of benefits and can help you feel more motivated, confident and industrious when looking for work.
“Volunteering is an excellent self-development opportunity. In an increasingly competitive environment, job seekers need to look at opportunities to increase their employability and social connections – what greater way to do this than giving your
time to strengthen communities and help others in need,” he said.