Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Develop New Skills Through Volunteer Work

The recent Volunteer Impact survey from Deloitte showed that Generation Y employees feel that volunteerism is a good way to develop new job skills.

91% of the respondents to the survey agree that skills-based volunteering, such as sharing accounting skills with a non profit organization could add value to their long term marketability.

Here are a few highlights of the survey including the statement and feedback.

1. Volunteering offers me the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills.
- 76% strongly and somewhat agree
- 20% neither agree nor disagree
- 4% strongly and somewhat disagree

2. Volunteering offers me the opportunity to develop skills I can use at work.
- 75% strongly and somewhat agree
- 21% neither agree nor disagree
- 4% strongly and somewhat disagree

3. The greatest contribution a company can make to a non-profit organization is...
- 37% Making a financial donation
- 26% Allowing its employees to volunteer their work-related skills or talents
- 25% Allowing its employees to volunteer in a hands-on (more physical) way
- 8% Making a product donation
- 3% Other

Find out where and how the company is involved and get on board. You could build a powerful network through volunteering.

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