Volunteering Your Way Up the Career Ladder

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Volunteering Your Way Up the Career Ladder

  1. 1. Volunteering Your Way Up the Career Ladder Todd DeLuca TechCommTodd Rochester Chapter
  2. 2. About the Speaker • Technical Communicator for 15 Years (Software Development) • Master’s Degree in Tech Comm • Senior-level Technical Writer • Manager, Tech Comm team • Active STC Volunteer - Chapter Past President (Philly Metro Chapter)
  3. 3. What is Volunteering ? • Helping out or stepping forward to assist. • An offer to help (a promise) that becomes a commitment when initiated. • Completed promise becomes a commitment and builds trust. • Result is often a contribution to a greater good that is recognized by others and leaves a positive impression.
  4. 4. Where Can You Climb? Volunteer Opportunities • Charitable organizations • Professional society • Church • School • Sports • Work
  5. 5. What Can You Offer ? • Time = Stand in for others (temporary fill in) • Effort = Extra pair of hands (more horsepower) • Information = Share knowledge (document info) • Expertise = Skills and experience (mentor or train)
  6. 6. What can you learn ? Sample Volunteer Skills • Leadership • Project Management • Event Management • Marketing and Promotion Learn in a ‘safe’ environment while others assist, provide guidance, and share their own experiences.
  7. 7. Why Volunteer ? Reasons to Volunteer • Personal request • Help others / serve a cause • Do the right thing • Address a need • Fix a problem • It feels good to help • Career advancement
  8. 8. Rewards & Benefits • Meet new people = relationships and friendships (wider network) • Greater exposure = recognition at work or in community • Skills and experience = career options and advancement • Satisfaction = it feels good to help, learn, or grow
  9. 9. Risks Things to Consider • Unfamiliar people or organization • Losing focus from day job • Not having the required skills or experience • Worry about meeting expectations • Committing too much time or effort
  10. 10. What are Some Steps ? Sample Volunteer Activities • Fund raising • Proposal writing • Event promotion • Leadership • Community outreach • Social committees • Email marketing • Client engagement
  11. 11. Are You Prepared ? What does it take? • Commitment • Time and Effort • Keeping Promises • Accepting Risk • Stepping Out • Being Enthusiastic
  12. 12. How Do You Start ? Steps to Begin • Raise your hand • Step forward • Say ‘Yes’ • Just do it! Note: The percentage of people who actively participate is low, so just by volunteering you already begin to set yourself apart.
  13. 13. Thank You ! Contact Info @TechCommTodd TechCommTodd@gmail.com Techcommtodd.tumblr.com

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