How to Use Your Passion to Accelerate Your Career

Kolby McElvain
Mar 6, 2018 · 5 min read

Where to Begin?

I want to break down why furthering your passion through volunteerism can help you accelerate your career in the same way.

Contacts

Volunteering will connect you with other leaders and people in the community simply through sharing a goal and determining how to accomplish it. This could be other members of your committee or people you have to reach out to for support. Reaching out on behalf of your cause and not just yourself could connect you to people you might not otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.

Skills and Education

Volunteering will equip you with skills you may not develop within your current job, yet need to have in order to advance in your career. Sign up for roles a little outside your comfort zone — a role that might require you to recruit a team, run a meeting or ask for sponsorship dollars. You could also acquire more tactical skills too such as learning a new software program or how to create a social media calendar. The possibilities are endless.

Become Self-Aware

One of the greatest things volunteering can help you achieve is knowing yourself better. Knowing what skills, knowledge and value you bring to the table is the foundation for your career success. It gives you a chance to find out how other people view you and your strengths outside of your everyday co-workers. Your volunteer experience is a good way to understand your full potential and help you determine your future career path.

Don’t worry, it’s not too late.

It’s never too late to get involved — even if you’re already busy. In fact, it’s crucial to your career that you do. Think back to filling out your college application. You most likely included your involvement in high school activities because colleges wanted see that you were learning outside the classroom. Somewhere along the line, we stopped doing extracurriculars and the activities we cared most about, which also means we stopped learning outside the “classroom.” Employers care about the things you are involved with and passionate about just as much as colleges did.


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High Alpha

Stories, resources, and ideas on the future of enterprise cloud from the High Alpha network and team. Learn more at www.highalpha.com.