Most people work an average of 40 hours per week to earn money. Working hard with the attempt to gain as much money as possible, constitutes normality in today’s society.
But is spending all this time on working, really the most advantageous way to live your life? Is money the main goal? When work becomes joyful and constructive, should we still call it work?
Back in ancient Greece, work wasn’t considered as virtuous as it is nowadays. Back in that time, there was no rush in society and especially there was always room made for personal development. Back then, they worked purely for the sake of it and not because it was imposed by themselves, or any other authority in order to fulfil monetary goals.
Unfortunately, nowadays we work disregarding most of our personal interest and benefits, in contrast to earlier times. From a more individualistic point of view, working 40 hours per week, isn’t as effective for the individual as it is for the overall society. This leaves less time for personal creative development, and deprives the will to pursue peoples personal goals.
Just think of how many times you hear people saying; “ I don’t have the time “ , when you confront them with their personal desires or goals. Besides working, most people tend to relaxation and simplistic amusement (which is also very important, but takes away the time to develop), rather than the pursuance of their personal desires an goals.
“We work more than half our life, in order to make the other part more comfortable, yet most people do not even like their work, or feel comfortable doing it. People get burnouts, can’t sleep, question the utility of their work etc. Working as hard as possible in order to get as many days off as possible. Working hard to get a feeling of peace. They work to achieve something they’re already destroying at the same time, by executing the job itself. “
Luckily, voluntary work offers people to combine work with personal development goals. So you could have a break from the usual working routine. You might even find out new interests or hobbies and you are most likely gaining new insights and perspectives.
WORK is defined as: Paid labour in a production process, That which has to be done
But let’s start by not calling it work. For if you can conclude from the definition above, voluntary work is a contradictory term. Voluntary work is not paid labour in a production process and you definitely do not have to do it, otherwise it wouldn’t be so voluntary after all. So up to you to rename it!
But why should you do these voluntary development programs?
It goes without saying, that most people get deterred by the price tag, thinking why should I pay that much to work. Well, you’re not only paying for the trip, shelter and the project you going to be working on. The biggest investment is in yourself. You’re not only contributing to the development program of a local community, you are also contributing to your own personal development programme, which is way more valuable than any pay-check, if you ask me.
Becoming mentally stronger, more creative and more aware. The world is such a big place, yet people keep making it smaller for themselves. Also worth mentioning is the fact that you gain much needed experience for a future job and it will show your drive and ambitions, or many other things that will improve your success rate at a future job interview. Many people don’t see these benefits of voluntary work. You actually get paid a lot more than most jobs, just not in money.
So do you want to distinguish from others when it comes to your career prospects? Than voluntary work might be the right solution. It is proven that voluntary work has a distinctive power when it comes to your résumé. For instance this survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses:
- 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
- 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
- 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted
So start expanding, volunteer in your own developing process and boost your résumé to become a more promising applicant. Who knows, you might change your lifestyle radically after experiencing voluntary “work”.
The term of “voluntary work” has to be revisited, how would you qualify such activities?