How To Get The Experience Employers Seek For? |#2 Go Voluntary| S1 E3

By Assandoh

Attachment is very good when you are still in school but what about the one who is done with his education and have missed the added advantage. Maybe as you read through yesterday’s post, you may be heaping all manner of insults on your head for missing all those added advantage. It’s not too late.

Sometimes I advise people to go voluntary not because they are not ready for the market but to help them gain more experience and stay relevant in the field. Working voluntary has so many advantages which I may not be able to discuss in just one writing.

In an ever evolving field like the health sector, your continuous relevance largely depends on your continuous practice; if not, with time, your skills will matter no more. The health sector is dynamic and a ever-changing field that requires the health professional to always learn new skills in order to be able to deal with the challenges that erupt each day. It’s therefore more costly for a new graduate to stay at home with the reason that there is no job than to fund himself to work for a firm.

Also, remember that firms are likely to employ individuals who are willing to work on voluntary basis because they believe that such people work out of their will and with passion and not because of remuneration.

Most of the big hospitals in Accra recruit their staff through voluntary employment. One who is not aware of this will send an application hoping to be called but will never be called for interview. In some cases, voluntary workers are paid. This may not be as a full time employer but it’s may be better than staying at home and degenerating with time.

However, it is also dangerous to go voluntary without looking elsewhere for better options. While some firms may not be willing to employ you, others may be willing to do so without requiring years of experience. So as you happily sign up for a voluntary employment, repackage the experience and sell them to other firms. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, right.

The writer is a Nurse, a Blogger and a Health and Career Coach. He has been a resource person at countless number of conferences and students platforms both on health and career developments.  For Health or Career Counselling and Speaking Engagements, contacts (+233)  0505167698


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