More than six million Australians make a difference to the community by volunteering each year, donating their time to do a wide variety of tasks for a broad range of organisations.
Some people use volunteering as a way to gain new skills or to build their résumé. Others use it as a way to give back to the community, meet new people, make new friends or try something new.
Volunteering for a cause you believe in – no matter how great or small – is a great way to try new things.
Volunteering can help you develop new skills and abilities that employers admire: planning and organisation, honesty, initiative and self-management.
The great thing about volunteering is that it comes in different shapes and sizes and you decide when and how often you want to volunteer. If you can’t handle the extra responsibility of a job right now because of study, you may still be able to find an unpaid volunteering role.
Think about your own motivations for volunteering, how much time you have and what you hope to get out of it. This will help you to choose a role that is a good match for you.
Make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to unpaid work and volunteering. For more information, check out our article Unpaid work experience, when is it okay? or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.