So you’re still struggling to find work and gain the experience that you and most employers desire? Does this leave you asking yourself the question how am I supposed to get experience if no one will hire me unless I have experience? Perhaps you should consider volunteering then.
Volunteering is a great solution to the issue of not being able to find paid work as well as allowing you to gain career experience. Volunteering provides you with an opportunity to get involved in a variety of positive causes and can also be used as stepping stone into the workforce, not to mention it’s great content to add to your resume.
There are a number of reasons people decide/choose to volunteer. Here are some of examples as to why it could be something you should look into;
– personal connection to the cause
– to gain experience
– to have a purpose develop skills
– make use of my time
– social interaction
– desire to help
– out of concern
– to be a change agent
– work experience/study placement,
– give back to the community
Here are a list of some major charity organisations that operate nation wide, and are always looking for volunteers to help out.
Youth Off The Streets is an organisation dedicated to providing a better future for young Australians with assistance in areas such as accommodation, education and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
The Salvation Army works far and wide within the community to assist people in need.
The Australian Red Cross focus on helping people in a variety of areas. They assist the lives of vulnerable people through a number of projects as well as raising awareness of issues facing Australians, such as first aid projects, disaster and emergency services and education services.
Starlight Foundation is an organisation that aims to improve hospital experiences for children and chronically ill teenagers.
Mission Australia provides a number of services that work in sync to minimise homelessness nationwide. They assist in providing secure jobs, education services, finding housing and developing life skills.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provides accommodation next to many hospitals for families with seriously ill children.
Save The Children acts to protect children from harm and assists them in area’s such as education and health services.
Make A Wish grants helps to grant the wishes of children and young people with life threatening medical conditions.
Meals On Wheels engages in social interaction with the elderly and disabled, providing them with delivered home cooked meals on a regular basis.
Lifeline provides Australians with 24-hour crisis support as well as suicide prevention services.