Any opportunity to see and participate in the working world has benefits. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about career opportunities that exist within an organization, learn about the culture of the organization, and see how the work they do impacts customers, other workers, and the organization.
When is an individual ready for a volunteer opportunity?
Volunteering can benefit anyone at any stage of career development. It is important to ensure that the volunteer has a good grasp of appropriate professional behavior that aligns with the company/organization they would like to volunteer for.
How can Talent Link help?
Talent Link can provide information about potential volunteer sites in our area and help connect individuals based on his/her career interests, personality, and goals.
Tips to tell your student
- Volunteers are paid with experience. As they prepare for the working world, experience is more valuable than money.
- Advise students to treat volunteer opportunities like a job. This includes having a positive and professional attitude, and following the company's dress code.
- Encourage students to show up on time every day. If your student is going to miss a day, they should contact the work-site well in advance.
- Encourage students to ask questions if they are unsure about what they should do or if they complete a task and need to know what to do next.
- Students should keep track of what was learned. Volunteer experiences are great resume builders. Encourage your student to ask for a reference.
- Be sure to have the student thank the company for the opportunity. Remind the student that future opportunities or connections can come from the internship, and a thank you note is an important part of that.