What a great question and I know many can benefit from you asking. Augusto and Emily have made great points. I wouuld also add that volunteering in your community can help grow some meaningful and interesting connections. By volunteering, you are working alongside others in your community that may have different types of careers and even potential job opportunities. It is also a chance to just expand your network of people you know and who can possibly help you in your future career goals.
You can find out volunteer opportunities through your school, church, local non-profit organizations and online by searching helpful volunteer event focused websites.
Also, when others see you in a volunteer role, they will get to know you better as well and can witness you in action, as a leader or someone who is serving others to make an impact in our world.
Best wishes for success in your education and career goals.
Melisa recommends the following next steps:
- Seek out a mentor or individual in a career that interests you and learn more about their job and ask if there is an event or organization they volunteer for that you might be able to join and help sometime.
- Check out http://greatnonprofits.org to search for volunteer opportunities near you and hear what others have to say about their experiences.
- You can also find volunteer opportunities at http://volunteermatch.org