Purpose to Ones Career Path, Understand How Volunteerism Builds Career Skills

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Understand How Volunteerism Builds Career Skills

  • Using volunteerism to gain leadership skills.
  • Volunteerism includes planning, project management and motivational abilities.
  • Attaining executive skills such as fund development.
  • Requires the ability to target constituencies.
  • Asking for valuable contributions.
  • Negotiate a positive outcome.
  • Other executive benefits include overseeing a budget or accountability for a larger budget than that of the current work situation.

Developing a Personal Purpose Statement

  • Innate desire to experience purposeful lifework.
  • Most of the people have no problem with being goal-driven and busy.
  • Being busy all the time may not be purposeful.

Investment Strategies for Career and Volunteer Decisions

  • How would one like to get remembered 100 years from then?
  • How a person should feel and respond when he/she is at his/her best or at the prime?
  • What he/she is passionate about?
  • What kinds of things make him/her feel content?
  • Listing out two or three projects where he/she has made a difference.

Find Truly Purposeful Volunteer Pursuits (Five Critical Areas)

  • The Cause
  • The Experience
  • The Network
  • Your Ability to Contribute
  • Your Available Time

The Cause

  • Does the cause match the personal purpose?
  • Will this experience help to fulfil his/her personal purpose and bring joy in serving others?
  • How does the opportunity support and synergize with his/her personal purpose?

The Experience (or expertise gained) Will

  • Serving others adding one or more valuable experiences.
  • Areas of expertise beyond what your current job or business pursuits offer.
  • it՚s ok to look for, and expect to gain, needed experience outside of your current job.
  • For selecting the right type of community service gaining expertise can be a great motivator.

The Network

  • If the opportunity put you in touch with others.
  • Whether the opportunities can help achieve one՚s personal purpose?
  • Whether the causes put oneself in touch with:
    • Mentors
    • Potential new colleagues and friends sharing similar community passion.

One՚s Ability to Contribute

  • Whether the opportunities give an ability to contribute something of value.
  • Whether the opportunities offer your skills or areas of core competency, as well as solve problems?

Your Available Time

Whether the time commitment fit with one՚s schedule and lifestyle?

Learn How to Evaluate Non-Profit Organizations

  • Looking for non-profit agencies that can demonstrate well-organized leadership.
  • The agency should reflect a clearly stated mission statement.
  • Volunteers should have:
    • Job descriptions.
    • Should be trained and recognized by the agency for making a difference.
    • Should have input into the programs in which they serve.

Joining a Board of Directors

  • Serving on a board of directors.
  • This can provide valuable management and decision-making skills.
  • Assisting an organization with important strategic and fiscal decisions.

Understanding the Basic Steps (Getting on Board)

  • Knowing one՚s personal purpose and expectations for joining a board of directors.
  • Identifying organizations that match ones purpose and profile of expectations.
  • Arranging for a tour of the organization and having the agency staff sending the information.
  • One should make sure he/she has the expertise required to join the board.
  • Professionals with critical thinking are recommended as they can weigh options and make good decisions.
  • To serve on for-profit as well as non-profit boards, a financial or business background often is required.
  • Maintaining good contacts with the colleagues who can help in connecting well with the organization with better strategies and ideas.