I feel that sometimes individuals are quite reluctant to volunteer because they fail to recognize just how valuable the skills that they acquire through volunteering really are. That being said, I hope that this post will open your eyes to how skills from your volunteer experiences may be applied to a future career.
My last article touched on employability skills that you would most likely gain through volunteering: communication, interpersonal and time management skills. But how exactly could these apply to a future career?
Each skill parallels quite nicely to certain tasks that a workplace may have one do. As an example, I will show you how these skills could transfer nicely over to a future career as a lawyer:
Presenting one’s self and/or case clearly in court orally
Communicating one’s argument clearly both in writing and in spoken word (i.e. with reports and in court)
Communicating clearly with a client, witnesses, and other court officials
Working well with clients, victims, witnesses, etc. in an efficient manner
Working with the media and public when addressing certain cases publicly
3. Time Management Skills
Prioritizing multiple cases and plan time out to work on them
Managing multiple appointments with multiple clients successfully
These are only a TINY sample of how these skills could apply to a career in law. There are many other tasks that these skills could be applicable to a vast number of careers that university students like you and I dream of having.