Archive for ‘volunteer’

14 January 2011

Using Volunteering to Find Paid Work

I haven’t posted for several days, because I’ve been sick with what is either a chest infection (hoping) or whooping cough (hopefully not). After finally going to the doctor yesterday, I’ve been on antibiotics and recovering much faster. Although I prefer not to take antibiotics, I have to admit that this time round, they’ve really sped up the recovery.

Anyway, today I’d like to relate one of my own experiences of how volunteering can open up opportunities for paid work.

One of the amateur skills I’ve developed since high school is web design. I used to create fansites in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fandom – including a fanart site, general fansite, awards site etc. Through that, I taught myself basic HTML, then CSS, then a bit of PHP, and now can use jquery to do neat things.

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23 December 2010

Gift wrapping, pamphlet deliveries, GreenPower and biking

Pamphlet deliveries

Pamphlet deliveries

It’s amazing how much we can all accomplish in one day. I’m not talking about earning $X in one day. Rather the number of DIFFERENT things we can all do – even if they’re very little, have no material benefit, or seem mundane.

Why can’t we make the mundane fun?

In the remaining month’s freedom before I start full-time work as a government graduate, I’m taking the opportunity to do silly, inefficient things. Because I’m worried. I’m worried that next year, 9-5pm (well, less, because it’s government) 5 days a week will kill my enthusiasm for doing, for experimentation. By then, I will be worried about work, exams (yes, this job has exams) and money. Then I will worry about houses and loans.

But in the meantime, I will worry about volunteer gift wrapping, pamphlets, GreenPower and riding my bike around the neighbourhood.

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