Volunteer to Get Experience

If you have some qualifications but lack experience then consider volunteering.

You get to do something worthwhile. You get experience on your resume and a reference. Here are some tips to get the most out of volunteering:

  1. Find a charity you feel passionate about
  2. Don’t get used as a dogs body. Do IT work you want to do
  3. Get some sort of wage if you can or at least your costs paid
  4. Agree a reference if you do a good job
  5. Do it part time or weekends if you work already
  6. Apply your current IT skills if possible

Check Google for volunteering sites. At the moment in the UK Vodaphone is running a paid volunteering initiative which is well worth checking out. I found an IT charity who places people into IT functions.

Vodaphone World of Difference Site

Paul Browning

10 Responses to “Volunteer to Get Experience”

  1. i want to work as a part time volunteer

  2. Volunteering can be a very productive part of a job search for several reasons. As you said Paul, you can look for volunteer opportunities that give you needed experience.

    Volunteering with professional societies or community service organizations relevant to your chosen field can also help build your network of people in your field.

    And equally important, volunteer work gets you out of the house and making a contribution once or twice a week. You are helping your own self-esteem while also helping others.

  3. Your advice about volunteering part time on evenings or weekends if you work already is interesting. We must never be complacent about the job we have; continuous learning is essential. Why wait to develop new skills until *after* you need them? By looking for volunteer opportunities that will help you develop needed skills you can help yourself and others at the same time.

  4. Interesting thread. I’m currently a volunteer leader in a local professional association with responsibility for planning programs. This involves negotiating for meeting space and services. In the process I am building confidence for negotiating, and am adding to my network of local contacts. Not necessarily something I need right now, but could be useful in the future.

  5. It can be difficult to find the time. That’s a stuggle.

  6. It can be difficult to find the time. That’s a struggle.

    • Oops. Sorry for the duplicate. It appears my orignal message was awaiting approval, and I thought I’d missed a step or something, so commented again. Well, it’s worth saying twice 🙂

  7. Yes it is difficult to find the time, and it’s not always possible. Over the years I’ve volunteered for different things for some period of time, sometimes years, but then stopped to find time for other things. I took an almost total break from everything except work and home for the past year, but am now ready for another challenge. So I’m back at it

  8. I just read an article about job hunting, and it too suggested volunteering as something to seriously consider as a way to build skills and also expand your network of contacts. People with IT skills are often in demand. Try to find a volunteer situation that will give you an opportunity to build some new and marketable skills while also contributing some of your current skills.

  9. At this time of year there are many stories about charities that need all kinds of assistance, financial or otherwise. A good way to do good for others and for oneself.

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