Skillsroad's work with hundreds of employers in Australia has taught us that so-called "soft skills" are highly regarded by recruiters when it comes to candidate selection. These skills include problem solving, good communication skills, teamwork, emotional intelligence, approachability, trustworthiness, responsibility and leadership, among others.
Volunteer work provides fertile ground for learning and developing soft skills. Young people who have proven themselves in the field of volunteering are usually highly prized by employers.
Here are the top ten reasons to do volunteer work:
- Young volunteers have acquired practical skills and abilities that can be transferred
- Young volunteers have connections with a range of communities
- Young volunteers have proven their empathy for the needs of others; a valuable attribute for team members and leaders
- Young volunteers are experienced at working with others with differing values and abilities from themselves, and can relate to diverse communities
- Young volunteers gain an understanding of different roles and responsibilities within organisations and how they synergise
- Young volunteers have access to other employers and their networks
- Young volunteers demonstrate initiative and independence
- Young volunteers can put others’ needs above their own when required
- Young volunteers have demonstrated commitment
- Young volunteers believe they can make a difference and have a positive attitude about what they can achieve for themselves
Where to find volunteer work in Autralia:
LinkedIn research has also shown that 41 per cent of hiring managers consider volunteer work just as valuable as paid work experience when evaluating candidates.
Is your child interested in volunteering? Get them to check out these opportunities!