Students often complain about how academic work is stripping off meaning from their lives. Finding meaning in things is tough, but while we are at it, compassionately working for others without any expectations of payback can be a great way to find direction in life. In that context, a good community service experience helps you create a positive influence in other people’s lives and gives you an opportunity to create impact. It satisfies and reshapes your inherent instincts. It diversifies your experiences and prepares you for the battle afterwards.
Students participate in volunteering activities to gain experience, develop skills and give back to the society. Volunteering for different social service organisation, corporate or NGOs helps you develop a plethora of skills such as leadership, time management, communication, teamwork & networking. There is a clear connection between volunteering and finding employment. If you are looking for your first job, volunteering is a great way to evade gaps in your CV. It shows your prospective employer that you’re dedicated to your community and seek different chances even when you are not working. With careful choices, students can gain highly valued workplace skills. The Corporation for National and Community Service has delivered a report that found that volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers (Timebank Survey, 2006). It not only gives people a sense of accomplishment, enhanced confidence level, power of self-expression, academic prowess, but also untamable energy and eagerness which ignites the engine within. Volunteers are creating, calibrating and learning on their own. So no matter what you’re pursuing, working for other people will always give you an incentive to go on with your life. When you meaningfully volunteer, you make the world a better place.
Sajid Bin Hasnat is a 2nd year student studying Economics at BRAC University. Send warm greetings at firstname.lastname@example.org.