Whether you are nearing the completion of your veterinary technology program or just beginning school, it may be a good idea to slip in some volunteer work alongside your studies. According to the 2013 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, skills-based volunteering can give you an edge when it comes to searching for employment.1
According to the survey, skills-based volunteering factored into human resource executives’ decision-making process when making hires 81 percent of the time. More than 75 percent of respondents also said skilled volunteering made job candidates more desirable.
“Many of us in the volunteer sector have long felt volunteering gives a boost to those looking for work, but we’ve never had solid research to back it up,” Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said in a statement. “These reports provide strong evidence that volunteering is beneficial for job seekers.”2
However, the survey also noted that many college graduates do not see volunteer experience as a way to develop career-specific skills, as well as gain leadership experience and improve their marketability for future jobs. Less than half of the college graduates and military personnel who took the survey indicated that they had considered volunteering at a nonprofit without pay in order to develop skills.
“It is clear that the skills and experience gained through volunteering offer a competitive edge,” Evan Hochberg, national director of community engagement for Deloitte, said in a statement. “However, when more than half of college grads and returning veterans don’t consider volunteering to improve their employability, there is work to be done to help them see the upside of volunteer bridging as a viable jobs search option.”3
As for veterinary technicians, they can get a jumpstart on skilled volunteering by offering their services free of charge to local animal shelters or the Humane Society, or taking on a relevant externship during their schooling.
1 Deloitte, ‘Executive Summary: 2013 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey,’ July 31, 2013 – http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local Assets/Documents/us_VolunteerIMPACTSurveyExecutiveSummary_2013.pdf
2 Press release, Deloitte, ‘Deloitte Survey: Skills-based Volunteering Increases Employability, But Overlooked by Most College Grads and Returning Vets,’ July 31, 2013 – http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/press/Press-Releases/8186109cfbf20410VgnVCM1000003256f70aRCRD.htm
3 Press release, Deloitte, ‘Deloitte Survey: Skills-based Volunteering Increases Employability, But Overlooked by Most College Grads and Returning Vets,’ July 31, 2013 – http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/press/Press-Releases/8186109cfbf20410VgnVCM1000003256f70aRCRD.htm