Are you finding yourself reflecting on your life a lot more than usual? With everything going on these days, you may be ready to take your life in a new, improved direction. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to build new skills and learn how to be more resilient in the future.

Why Volunteer?

With the restrictions due to COVID-19, you’re probably in a different spot than you were three months ago. You may be facing fewer opportunities at work. Or maybe the stay-at-home order has you motivated to learn new things. Or perhaps you were ready to better your life anyway, and staying at home has given you the shift in perspective you need.

Whatever your situation, volunteering can broaden your exposure to what’s out there where your regular day job doesn’t. Community volunteering gives you a space to meet new people, experience something a little out of your comfort zone, and give back to the community.

To top it all off, volunteering provides the opportunity to learn a whole slew of new skills. Community volunteer work also gives you a way to reconnect with the professional world if you’ve had a break, which may help you polish off existing skills and talents.

What Will You Learn?

Volunteering can add purpose to your life and help you gain new skills that can aid you professionally. Here are just a few examples of skills that volunteering can help you build or develop:

  • Outreach and sales
  • Time management
  • Copy and technical writing
  • Getting along with those different from you
  • Industry-specific skills
  • Leadership and team management
  • Problem-solving and adaptability
  • Clear communication

How to Get Started

Talk to your colleagues, family, or friends who volunteer. Ask them how they got started and how it has benefited their lives. When looking for your own volunteer opportunities, act as though you’re searching for a part-time job. Think about your interests and passions, and let them guide your search. Think about your skills, see where you can make a difference, and then find a role that will help fill in gaps in your community.

With the COVID-19 restrictions, one of the best things you can do is to take virtual volunteer opportunities. As you get used to volunteering being part of your routine, you can expand out once social distancing restrictions are lifted. Practice volunteering and plan for it so it can become a permanent fixture in your life. Put in enough time, and you might not even recognize yourself a few months down the road.