A great way to get experience and to hone your skills is to spend some time volunteering at a Cause.
REMEMBER: this is volunteering, not an internship - so don't expect a salary or stipend. This is about giving back and learning at the same time!
5 ways volunteering can help you find a job & advance your career:
- You expand your personal and professional networks // People already working in your target field are great sources of information about job openings, affinity organizations, and people you should meet. And if you have a good experience volunteering, the Cause you helped might serve as a reference when you’re applying to jobs.
- You learn new and transferable skills // Volunteering will help you develop new job skills as well as apply current skills in new ways. For example, a mid-career professional who has worked in concert promotions could use her marketing skills to help an organisation with their fundraising.
- It’s an opportunity for career exploration // Volunteering allows you to try on different organisations and roles without job-hopping. Of course, volunteering isn’t the same as being on staff, but it can expose you to the work of an organisation in a deeper way than becoming a member, following it on Twitter, or even conducting an informational interview with an employee.
- You build a track record of work for a specific Cause // Causes value dedication to their issue area. By turning your values into action, you will demonstrate to your potential employer that you are committed to—and educated about—their issue of concern.
- Hiring managers value volunteerism // Having volunteer work on your CV can help you stand out. Even LinkedIN now has a dedicated section for volunteering! SOURCE & INSPIRATION: http://idealistcareers.org/5-ways-volunteering-can-help-job-career/