The power of words: career opportunities through volunteering
For almost two years, many aspects of our everyday lives have transformed. Working, studying, and even socializing is conducted mostly remotely. Different industries adapted to the fast paced changes Covid-19 imposed on a worldwide scale. Social distancing also has taken its toll on volunteering and the old-fashioned way of helping out is not only done remotely but it has also spread with the help of technology. Check out a few potential career options which are in high demand in 2021 and see how you can volunteer doing what you’re good at.
Start a writing career by volunteer writing
There is a lot of demand for different types of content. Brands and companies need it for marketing purposes, raising public awareness, and for building an online presence. Businesses are expanding online, reaching a larger audience than before, and growing internationally. You can write product reviews, informative brochures & leaflets, helpful articles, and much more as a volunteer.
Do you speak more than one language? Volunteer as a translator and help translate for non-profit organizations from different countries such as Translators Without Borders. Speaking English is not considered a superb advantage anymore. The more languages you speak, the more opportunities await you! You can sign up as a volunteer to transcribe for TED Talks and become an official TED Translator. The sphere of translators and interpreters is projected to have a growth of 24% by 2030 which means the demand for this hands-on-service is growing at a fast pace. In 2020 alone, there were over 80,000 jobs available for translators in the US, while the UK saw a surge in demand for linguistic services due to limited supply.
Copywriting & Editing
You can also volunteer as a copywriter and editor of blogs, articles, CV and resumes, and even job applications. Some copywriters turn their passion into a career with the help of different freelance portals such as Upwork or Fiverr. Start working on creating a portfolio of your work to showcase to potential future employers. Master new skills and acquire professional qualifications while you contribute as much as an hour of your time to a good cause. Websites like Vollie in Australia seek and offer skilled online volunteers across various departments. Bring the change you want to see by gaining experience as a copywriter and editor. Why not donate your time and support to social impact projects worldwide from the comfort of your sofa – find the right projects around you and showcase your copy writing skills.
Teaching what you’re good at
While children returned to school for the new academic year, some parents have preferred remote learning since the beginning of the pandemic. This has led to a demand in private tutoring and online classes in all subjects. Research shows that as many as three fifths of the teachers in the UK stated that they were able to provide high-quality education remotely since the beginning of the pandemic. Parents also prefer remote schooling: 20-30% of parents that have taken part in a survey prefer distance learning compared to in-school classes. If you’re good in Coding, Maths, or Painting, sign up as a volunteer at 1Hour and help kids develop a passion for programming and creating arts.
Help the elderly with technology
Children are not the only ones that can benefit from online learning. Volunteer to help the elderly learn how to use a computer, send emails, and look up searches on Google. Something we take for granted every day can bring much joy to our parents and grandparents. AbilityNet is one of the many organisations in the UK with a network of 300+ volunteers helping the elderly and people with disabilities to grasp technology. ONS research shows that 47% of elderly people over 75 years of age, have been recent internet users. Organizations such as Centre for Ageing Better give a helping hand to learn basic computer skills such as sending emails, browsing the internet, and being up-to-date with the news. Become a volunteer to help the elderly find their way around the latest technology and devices in your local area.
1Hour volunteering opportunities
Get in touch with 1Hour and start volunteering today, whether it’s by Art, Coding, Introduction to Robotics, or Game Design. Make an influence on someone’s life by devoting an hour of your time – small gestures matter, leaving a big impact. Sign up today and join our team of volunteers!