7 powerful reasons why professionals should volunteer

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As young professionals of today, we find ourselves strewn between a continually permuting technical world and a highly competitive corporate life. The stressful nature of these jobs requires us to find an alternative passion to be pursued in the weekends and vacations. How about a passion that lets you relax yet help you advance in your career? Yes, volunteering is one of the most rewarding passions out there! Here is why it is better than your average day hobby:

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7. The path not taken

Volunteering is a portal to discovering your inner self. When you are passionate about the cause, you love working for it. This not only inspires you to go the extra mile but also lets you explore the possibility of an entirely new career path if you ever need a change of scenario.

6. Personal growth

One of the most alluring part of volunteering is the joy of giving back to the society. Taking care of the underprivileged or heeding to the voices of those unheard of helps you find a meaning in life and appreciate what you have. This brings about a new dimension of growth in our personal lives leading to happiness.

5. Expand your network

To find like minded people who stand along with you for a cause you ardently care for is quite exciting. In volunteering, the people that you meet come from quite diverse backgrounds. The endless possibilities of networking begins with a trust that is easily gained through the mutual passion for a better future.

4. Work-life balance

Volunteering has proven time and again the effects it has on your mental and physical health. In a world where one in every twenty suffer from depression, volunteering acts as a catalyst to find you a place in the society and to build a social circle of your own. It also finds you a perfect work-life balance which helps in a better focus on your job.

3. Think out of the box!

Volunteer positions at not-for-profit organisations get you to think creative when faced with an obstacle instead of going for the conventional approach you adopt back in office to avoid getting fired for taking unwanted risks. This helps you to think out of the box and get creative.

2. Add to your resume

Any position you assume at a volunteering organisation and any work you do for the same is treated with a high value by the HR departments of multinational corporations. Beyond that, volunteering also helps you develop good soft skills and interpersonal relations that are key traits of a leader.

1. Be a part of something bigger

This is the true essence of volunteering. To use your skills for a cause that is bigger than all of us is an opportunity to be a part of the solution rather than the problem itself. You can also find a sense of satisfaction in being a reason for the growth of an organisation that gratifies you for your integral role in it’s rise into new horizons.

Author: Naseef Ahammed, NIT Calicut