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3 reasons why Volunteering can boost your career!!

July 10, 2014 Posted in Blog Posts

Are you looking for a job but don’t have the experience you need……and can’t get the experience you need because you can’t get a job?

Do you need to learn more skills or make some new contacts so you can find work in the field you desire?

Are you thinking of making a change in your career, or are have recently immigrated to Canada, and unsure what you want to do?

If you answered yes to any of these, volunteering could be a good fit for you. When you volunteer, you share your skills and time with people and organizations in the community without expecting to be paid. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience, demonstrate your employability, learn new skills and feel better about yourself!

Here are three ways volunteering can benefit you:

  1. Volunteering allows you to gain valuable experience:

Most employers want you to have Canadian experience to demonstrate that you can successfully exist and contribute in the workplace.   They don’t necessarily care if you were paid or not, so volunteering is a great way to satisfy this requirement.

  1. Volunteering expands your network:

One of the best ways to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and improve your language and social skills. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Every new contact you make can potentially connect you to career opportunities, and can be a good reference for you when applying for a job.

  1. Volunteering helps you learn and develop skills:

You can never have too many skills and volunteering is a great opportunity to build on the ones you already possess, or develop new ones that will be helpful in the field you choose to work in. Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are not valuable. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. You should look for volunteer opportunities that will strengthen the skills you need for your desired career path.

Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to try a new career without making a long term commitment, as well as gaining valuable experience in a new field. Even if you’re not planning on a career change, volunteering gives you the chance to learn and improve important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, task management, and organization.

To learn where you can find opportunities to volunteer your time in preparing for a career in Healthcare in BC, call Myrine, Kinga or Anna today at 604 629-0196.


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“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist

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Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre

“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

Program: ESL / HCA Drake Medox College helped me to achieve my main goal – to become a Healthcare Assistant. They helped me also to become more confident in aspects of speaking and understanding. The ESL-HCA Program at Drake Medox College is the best study program I’ve been to. My Instructors were very supportive. My first impression of the ESL Program was “same old basic English again,” but I was wrong. I thought I didn’t need it because I can speak English. The ESL classes helped me to know how to pronounce properly, use proper grammar and even to create a formal paragraph. The important thing that the ESL Program did for me is to boost my confidence and to mold me into “a chocolate diamond” as Ate Myrine always says. The ESL-HCA Program is worth it and I enjoyed every class I attended. In several months I developed as an open-minded person, a knowledgeable student, a passionate Healthcare practitioner and a fluent user of the English language. As I move toward my new career, the ESL Program contributed a big part to my future work because I have learned how to be a good listener, a good reader and a good communicator. Indeed, I have become “ a diamond.” I am very thankful to Drake Medox College and my supportive Instructors for helping me along the way!

~ Jeanne Parilla ESL - HCA