So now that you are a debutante research scientist you are eager to take your newly acquired skills for a test drive. But where? You could get a job as a research assistant, but jobs are scarce. Apply for a student research summer scholarship. Maybe, but how about that summer job as a lifeguard at Camp North Star (from the crazy movie Meatballs) that you have committed to?
How about volunteering? But why would you do that? Let me tell you why. First listen to CeeLo Green to get pumped (yes, it is about firefighters but just pretend he is signing about volunteer scientists…).
There are many, many, many reasons to be a volunteer for any organization in your community. I am certain you can think of a bunch within a short brain storming session. What I want to share with you is some of my reasons. I have volunteered with special needs in my community for most of my adult life (quick calculation puts me at about 5,000 hrs to date). People’s first reaction is that of surprise. What? How do you have the time? Then they think how admirable… Sure, I’ll take that. But really, I do it because it gives me opportunity. Opportunity to learn and grow. Not only am I happy to do it and it makes others happy doing it, but I accomplish something that I may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. Think about that. Make others happy AND gain some experience in the process.
Just like in the fantastic movie Shrek Donkey volunteers his services. He is always enthusiastic and willing to help. Listen to him ask to be picked here: Pick me! What does it get him in the end? A couple of great friends and a dragon wife. Perfect.
Create opportunities for yourself by volunteering. You will be glad you did.
Happy Valentine’s Day,