When you mention the word volunteering to a young African (Cameroonian) he or she looks at you as if you are a bad news. But they don’t know that volunteering is one of the most rewarding things one can do that will have outstanding long term benefits personally and professionally. The millions of young Africans have misunderstood the concept of volunteerism. One of the best decisions you can make as university student, graduate job seeker even as an employed young person is to volunteer.
In this article I will highlight the benefits of volunteering which till today i enjoy personally since i started volunteering in 2012. The decision to volunteer has been one of the best decisions that i have ever made
1. Gain New Skills
Millions of job seekers in Africa stay long in the job market not because there are no jobs but because they lack the skills employers need but the opportunity they have to build new skills is through volunteering but they don’t. There are somethings you can’t learn in school but through volunteering you will.
2. Engaging with people
Volunteering is an amazing opportunity for you to meet new people. When you volunteer you begin to build valuable friendships with people, you will learn how to engage with people without being shy or feeling inferior
3. Job Opportunities
Employers always look for job seekers who stand out. When you put your volunteering experience in your job applications it makes you to stand out. From a survey, 73% of employers would choose a job seeker who had volunteer experience
4. Gain confidence
When you volunteer, I can assure you it will help you gain confidence because you give yourself the change to try something new and build a real sense of achievement
5. Resume (CV) building
The job market in Africa is very competitive and employers will like job seekers who show initiative during the time they were unemployed by volunteering in their community or a not for profit.
6. Strengthen communities
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to give back to your community as a serving leader. There is always this special feeling of satisfaction you get when you help others and volunteerism gives you that opportunity
Step out of your comfort zone and volunteer today
About The Author
Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach, Public Speaker and a dynamic, prolific and strategic Entrepreneurship/Business Management Trainer/consultant and a personal efficiency strategist. He is focused, question asker, answer seeker, problem solver and purposeful young African. He is the CEO of CELBMD Africa (www.celbmdafrica.org), Head of Njorku Career Centers (www.njorku.com), Country Director Consultant for C-Life (www.myclife.org), COO of Most Influential Young Cameroonians Initiative, YALI RLC Fellow and Consultant with several community base organizations, NGOs and SMEs across Africa. He has been nominated and has worn several local and international awards. He is the author of How to Confront the Limits; he has lectured Business Management courses in two private universities in Cameroon for 5 years (2012-2016) and has been featured on numerous publications across the world