Working with an NGO can be quite daunting, as it is a demanding activity that requires a lot of time and commitment to work effectively for the benefit of the NGO and the cause for which it was founded.
Unlike personal humanitarian service, where one meets people in one’s community with simple acts of kindness, working with an NGO requires a strategic system within an organization where different people play one role or another.
Now you must be wondering why you should go from being a small volunteer to a big NGO worker. Well, I will give you 7 strong points that will help you understand why you should make the switch to a higher calling.
1. The first reason is your contribution to society: yes, we know you have done your part to help your community, but imagine how many more lives you will touch when you take on a big task. When you use your skills in a way that touches five times as many people as you did when you were doing humanitarian work on your own. Switching to cooperative service will give you a better sense of fulfillment.
2. Increases your employability: when you work with an NGO, you will receive specialized training tailored to the new roles you will take on. These skills, once learned, become a part of you and you can use them as bonus points on your resume to increase your chances of getting hired by very large companies.
3. Professional development: working at an NGO allows you to meet different people from all walks of life, each of whom has different skills that you can use. Working at an NGO opens doors for you to learn how to conduct yourself professionally in the workplace; this type of care will help you develop a professional demeanor in the real world.
4. Greater strategy for your goals: Exposure to other people’s different life situations can motivate you to dream higher and take the necessary action to achieve your new goal. Maybe you wanted to be a hospital assistant, but after your service, you changed your dream and now you want to work as a medical professional. This is the result of the need you felt in the world.
5. Networking: NGOs are the perfect networking zone, you meet different people from all walks of life, both beginners and experts in the field, with whom you can exchange ideas and gain insights from their wealth of knowledge. Relationships formed through networking pave the way for aspiring individuals like you to grow and make a positive impact in the lives of many.
6. broaden your horizons: through the networks, you make while working at an NGO, your perspective on life changes and you learn more about other cultures and events around the world.
7. Leadership skills: Leadership skills are one of the most important skills to have as a person, and the time you spend in service teaches you to be a good leader for your colleagues, especially if you are made a team leader because the qualities you display will help you function well as a leader in any situation.
One last point: work with a team instead of working alone for maximum results. Don’t waste time doing things that aren’t useful. Use that time productively.