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Just like their elders, the current generation possesses talents and skills that are unique to them and the era they live in, for example in graphic design, music, photography, content writing and digital communication. Unfortunately, these skills are not sufficiently valued by the educational system, and it is time for that to change. Soft skills training is fashionable, extracurricular careers are being highlighted on CVs, and more and more volunteers from the corporate world are putting their skills to good use for associations. 

Diversifying Professional Experience 

For young people concerned about their future and professional integration, volunteer work provides access to a springboard to work in the field, allowing them to explore certain professions and putting their theoretical knowledge to the test. The experience acquired within an association thus complements their academic training through an inescapable practical component, thereby strengthening their passion for their preferred field and reassuring them about their career choices. 

Young employees who volunteer develop unique skills, such as adaptability, analytical skills and leadership, all of which are essential in a company. By committing to an association, they are enriched through sharing experiences with other volunteers, developing self-confidence, and gaining a rewarding feeling of usefulness. 

Fostering a culture of volunteering has a positive impact on 3 levels: 

  • On the young volunteers, by developing their practical skills 
  • On the associations, by exploiting an untapped wealth of knowledge 
  • On the companies, by giving practical skills to young and engaged recruits 

Valuing the Contributions of Volunteers 

Volunteers, especially the younger ones, need the recognition of others in order to continue on a progressive path of commitment to the associations they support. Effective communication and interest in how this level of commitment evolves will inevitably have a positive impact on them. They will feel valued and confident, while others who are less committed will follow their lead by becoming more involved. 

Here are some of the most effective tips for showing volunteers that they are valued: 

  • Thanking them during speaking engagements (meetings, events, general assemblies, etc.) 
  • Thanking them directly on social networks 
  • Highlighting their contribution in interviews, blog posts or videos 
  • Including their names in reports, press releases and other official documents 
  • Inviting them to important events (celebrations, anniversaries, tributes, etc.) 

After all, a successful association will, at its core, have a group of happy and satisfied volunteers. 

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