(Re) Starting Your Career #3 – Volunteer

When I’ve been asked for career advice, whether somebody is stuck or just starting, there are a couple of things I always recommend, including keeping up your professional relationships, and learning to speak coherently in front of a group of people

At some point you’re going to need to put your learning into practise. Not many jobs will allow you the daily practise of doing your job and preparing for the next one. Unless you’re very lucky, have a great boss, and the ideal situation. In which case why are you wasting your time reading blogs? Don’t you have better things to do?

Volunteering meets your needs. It allows you to network. It allows you to practise leadership, teamwork, negotiation, public speaking. You’ll get training you wouldn’t get otherwise. And last but not least  it’s good for the soul.

Personally I had a great time being a Scout Leader. I have a great time volunteering for PMI. Both together led me to the business consulting I know and love today.

So find something that helps you give back to your community or the world, and if it helps you become a better person, then it’s win / win for you and the world.

Bernie works with small, medium (and sometimes) large companies, start-ups, and volunteer organizations to help them set a vision that is executable, effective, and to surround themselves with people who will help them succeed. I believe the workplace is a place to thrive, not just survive. Call me if you want help transforming your business. 

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