Applying and seeking jobs may take time and patience which needs extra self confidence, new ideas or deep thoughts to know oneself and the world better. This may be a rare chance in one’s life to do something meaningful, such as voluntary service. Waiting for an interview call may be a general excuse for it, but the time length of voluntary service varies as short as 2 weeks to longer than a year.
From language, computer skills or design skills, any of your capabilities can be considered useful. Even simple labor can be a great help for those in need. Voluntary service may be a great chance to practice or prove one’s profession or knowledge.
The beauty of voluntary work is that you get more than you give while serving others. Not only emotional satisfaction, stepping and living in the new environment you get to serve can be a time to gain insight. For instance, while voluntary service, discovering that used cars are widely preferred in Russia because of low price, gave a new business idea to export used cars from Japan or Korea.
A friend of mine who was majoring engineering came along on a mission trip to Russia Kamchatka for voluntary service. For 2 weekswe fixed basketball stands and served kids in Sunday school. Not to mention the emotional fulfillment of the members, this guy went further. He joined on a couple more voluntary services before graduation and eventually got a work in KOICA, a Koreangovernment agency which supports developing countries for sustainable growth with ODA. ‘I believe I can contribute more to sustainability than working as an engineer’, he said.
Another elderly friend, in his early 40s, who went along quit his job as a car sales person and became a missionary to serve in Russia Saint Petersburg after this particular mission trip. Well, not everyone gets out of the usual track, but who knows how much the experience may change you?
Voluntary service does contribute to a richer CV and tells more about oneself. Consider this as another opportunity to practice or build up your career.