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Volunteering provides a number of benefits to the

volunteer. When you volunteer, you are not only

helping others, you are helping yourself! Whether

you are currently employed or looking for a paying

job, volunteering can help you meet some of your

personal and professional goals.


If you are already employed, volunteering may

actually help reduce stress, some studies

have shown. It may seem like an oxymoron, that

adding more work to your workload can actually

reduce job-related stress , but apparently giving

back to the community and doing something good

for other people can be a stress reliever.


Additionally, there are many other professional

benefits from volunteering, from advancing your

current career, or even finding a new job.


Networking Opportunities for Healthcare Volunteers:


Volunteering can actually help

expand your professional network. Whether you are

employed, or unemployed, professional networking

is helpful for career advancement, or for identifying

potential job opportunities through added contacts.


Growing your network is an excellent way to

increase your chances for career success.

You may even be able to find someone who would

be willing to mentor you. A mentor could be

someone in your role or in your desired role, who

could take you under his or her wing and help get

you acquainted with the healthcare profession.


Try Before You Buy:


Volunteering can also be a great way to try out an

employer before you commit to working there for

the long term. By volunteering, you can dip your toe

into the proverbial pool, and learn about the work

environment, the culture, and personalities of the

employees, to see if working there is a long term fit

for you. This could help prevent you from being a

“job hopper ” because you will already be

familiarized with the setting ahead of time.


You may also be able to shadow a professional for a

day, to see what the “typical work day” is like for

someone in your desired role or the role you are

working towards, whether it’s a physician, nurse,

allied health professional, or administrative role.

Shadowing, or doing a preceptorship, can provide

invaluable perspective for you to help determine if

the health career you think you want is the best

option for you.


Learn New Skills:


Volunteering may also be a way for you to learn

new skills , terminology, or best practices. As a

volunteer, you are adding qualifications to your

background and experience that you can then apply

to your current or future paying jobs. Additionally,

your volunteer activities add depth to your resume’

and show that you are a well-rounded individual. In

fact, many colleges and employers specifically look

for volunteerism, and regard it highly when

selecting students and employees.


Working with an NGO could give you this leverage, adding more colour to your CV.

Therefore, if you are interested in trying it out as a volunteer, you can easily join Handicapped Education Foundation (HANDEF) with its headquarters located at plot 6/13, Olusegun Obasanjo Way Ilesa Road, Akure.