Not Sure What To Do After School? Try Volunteering!

There is always a huge focus on what’s coming next, what you’re going to do next, and where you’re going next. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to college, grad school, or trying to find a job, it is always something that people ask. So, what do you do when you’re stuck? When you seemingly have nowhere to go, or you can’t figure out what to do, or even if you’re just taking a gap year? The answer may lie in volunteering. There are a great many good things about volunteering, including:

  • You can volunteer on your own time. Some places have their volunteering terms longer than others, but you can find one that suits you. For example, many cities have yearlong programs where you volunteer with them for at least a year, and then could continue on if you want. If you do not have a year, or cannot commit to something that strenuous, there are smaller, more flexible programs available. If you can give a few months or a year entirely, there will be people who want you. If you can only do a few hours a week, there will be people who want that, too
  • It’ll give you experience. That’s how volunteering pays, as many people have said. Not in money, but in useful and relevant experience. Not to say that volunteering should be entirely focused on resume building, but any volunteer work, especially if it is relevant to what you will be studying, is useful, and will look good on your resume. It’ll also show a dedication you have to one particular subject.
  • It can be a networking tool. Again, this is more if the volunteer work that you’re doing is relevant to what you want to do later in life, but you never know who you can meet there. It is a guaranteed shared interest, and you very well could meet someone who is able to help you either find questions about your career or help with your networking.
  • There are many options. There are many, many different organizations available to you, and different positions within those. You could either search your area, or your school might have some organizations that they are affiliated with or recommend. There might even be some volunteering options offered through student groups, or other areas on campus, such as campus ministry or other organizations or clubs.
  • You can find something you’re passionate about.  This could go in two ways; either you can find a volunteering place that shares your interests, or you could find something new that you could become interested in.  There is such a wide variety, and many organizations that need volunteers that there’s practically no way that you couldn’t find something that you’d be interested in.
  • You’d be giving back to your community. This is such an important thing, even though it usually gets reduced to the ‘feel good’ aspect of community service. You are helping people, and in many cases, organizations depend on their volunteers; without them they could not be nearly as effective as they would otherwise be. Many organizations are central to the communities they serve, and you can become a part of that.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.