I hope all of you had a wonderful week and are killing those midterms! Keep working hard. You are doing great! Today’s topic is on the importance of volunteering. Some of you might be asking what are the benefits of volunteering? Specifically, what are the benefits of volunteering in the health profession? Good news, you have come to the right place!
Benefits to Volunteering:
#1 Helps with Admissions to Graduate school
Aspiring Medical students can do a multitude of activities to set themselves apart from other applicants. Some will place focus on the entrance exam, MCAT, GPA, or scholarships. At times it is work that cannot be measured through a grade or ranking, but real world experience. More and more research is coming out from Medical Admissions counselors who share that they do not want simply “book-smart” students, but also students who have real word experience and have a heart for the profession. Noreen Kerrigan, associate dean for student admissions at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine said in a U.S. News Report “We want to make sure we’re not accepting brains on stilts. We want people with hearts.” By volunteering at a local hospital, this shows admissions that you are trying to understand the profession and the duties of the job before committing the profession.
#2 Gain experience & Expand Your Network
Volunteering can give you great insight into your career and networking advantages. Although I am not health studies student, my personal experience volunteering has educated me on what it is like in the job field. Through my volunteer experience, I was able to shadow some workers in my career field and gained some valuable insights and advice. By volunteering, you too can gain great mentors and advisers who can give you beneficial career advice. Additionally, through a building of mentors and advisers, this is another way you can expand your network. In a recent survey 85% of jobs were through networking.
# 3 Shapes your Role and Commitment as a Leader
Some of you reading may be concerned that you have to volunteer abroad to set yourself apart. In a recent article in U.S. News, they share that one does not need to volunteer abroad in order to set themselves apart. Graduate schools understand that not all college students can afford to volunteer abroad. At times graduate schools have to see if the international trips were actually aid relief programs or if they were fun vacation trips with some minor hospital visits. Thus, graduate schools will look at your role and commitment to the organization you volunteer at. If you had a leadership volunteer role that can improve your application because it shows you not only volunteered but actively engaged in the organization by empowering others. Medical schools want servant leaders who not only care but help to inspire growth within their communities.
Be sure to register on Jason Quest for our Health Professions Fair on Friday November 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Conference Center. Once you log in to your Jason Quest you can view the employers attending!
Can’t wait to see you there!
- Delece Smith Barrow, “Bolster a Medical School Application With Volunteer Work,” S. News and World Report, September 2, 2013, Accessed October 14, 2016, http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/articles/2013/09/04/bolster-a-medical-school-application-with-volunteer-work
- Lou Adler, “New Survey Reveals 85% of All Jobs Are Filled Via Networking,” Linked In, February 29, 2016, Accessed October 17, 2016, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-survey-reveals-85-all-jobs-filled-via-networking-lou-adler