The job market is becoming increasingly competitive. The number of graduates and job seekers is growing exponentially. These numbers are expected to increase further as opportunities for higher education increase. As a wise job seeker, you should look for ways to differentiate yourself from others. In fact, the employers of today are seeking for more than just technical skills; they want people with soft skills such as problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, experience and of course more job specific technical skills. One way to acquire these skills is to volunteer overseas. Of course the main purpose of volunteering is to make a positive change in communities in developing countries. But as you volunteer overseas, you enhance your employability.
Bali is a good place to volunteer overseas. With so much to do in Bali, you will gain much experience and unique skills. Here are some ways in which being a volunteer in Bali or in any other country can help boost your future career prospects.
Many companies across different industries are becoming global. As a result, employers are looking for people who can fit into the international marketplace. As you volunteer abroad, you become part of the local community. You learn the social structure, culture and challenges faced by the local people. In other words you adapt to the way of life of the local people. This will equip you for international opportunities such as international client relations.
Problem solving skills
Volunteering in a foreign country is generally challenging. Things are bound to go wrong when you are out in the field. You could be in a group of medical volunteers doing door to door check-ups and the local nurse fails to show up for the exercise. With a stringent program and resources, you’ll be expected to find a way to continue with the exercise regardless of the challenge. Such an experience communicates to your potential employer that you’re a good problem solver, you can think literally and you’re well able to deliver results even in challenging situations.
One of the most amazing things about volunteering abroad is the number and variety of people you meet on a daily basis. Volunteer medical programs and teaching programs will particularly give you a chance to interact with many people. You’ll be working alongside other international volunteers and local people who come from different backgrounds and cultures and speak different languages. Dealing with great varieties of people and navigating through such social situations is an experience that will equip you for multicultural workplaces.
You get a deeper understanding of yourself
One of the most important things you get from volunteering overseas is that you get a deeper understanding of yourself. You’ll be surrounded by unfamiliar people, in a totally different culture and away from your comfort zone. You will encounter situations and face challenges you wouldn’t at home. In the process, you’ll be able to identify your weakness and strengths. You’ll learn the areas you can succeed more than others. This knowledge will help you identify your career goals.