Volunteering: Gain work experience and exposure

by Crawford, Hallie Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Volunteering your time is a great way to get experience in a new career field you haven’t worked in before. What is even better, it’s a wonderful way to give back to your community. One of my group coaching clients sent me this update recently:

This Friday is my first scheduled presentation for the North Georgia Goodwill and there are three others later in the month. Next Monday is my first formal speech with the Gwinnett Harbingers Toastmasters Club. I continue to find this is an excellent development and networking tool. I went from 19 “umms” the first time I spoke for two minutes, down to 2 “umms” for a table topic speech, plus an eight minute evaluation “speech” for another speaker

-Group Coaching Client
This client is brilliantly fine tuning his speaking skills to apply for more positions as a trainer. He’s been in the process of interviewing for his dream job for the past several weeks and is in the last round of the process! He’s found several ways to give back, and at the same time gain experience and exposure to what he wants to do long term. It’s a path towards his dream job and he’s walking the talk. Consider volunteering. It’s a great way to gain experience, fine tune your skills, network, and all while giving back!