Jordana Daum is the Volunteer Services Coordinator at IABC Calgary, and she shares her own experience to talk about some of the main benefits that she has had volunteering for IABC Calgary.
I began volunteering for IABC/Calgary three years ago and from day one it was, and continues to be, an infinitely rewarding experience. After sending a very general email inquiring about a volunteer posting I was immediately contacted and the Volunteer Services Director looked over my resume and suggested a position she felt was a good fit. Within a week I was meeting with my Portfolio’s Director. We talked at length about my career and about IABC in general and that conversation became my foundation for understanding IABC and my role within it. Throughout the last three years, while sitting on the IABC/Calgary Volunteer Services team, I have benefited from the following:
Mentorship – During my time volunteering for IABC/Calgary I have built relationships with leaders in the communications industry in Calgary. These individuals have given me something to aspire to and have also provided invaluable feedback. When I recently changed jobs, the support and encouragement that I received throughout the process from my volunteering connections was essential.
Career Skill Development – When I started volunteering for IABC/Calgary I chose to volunteer for a portfolio where I had a base of knowledge but also in an area that I knew I wanted to develop. The experience that I have gained has been directly applicable to my career and has allowed me to apply for jobs that I wouldn’t have been qualified for prior to volunteering.
Broader Industry Understanding – In my first two positions I worked at very small companies where I was the only communications professional in the office. The connections that I made through volunteering for IABC/Calgary allowed me to understand industry trends in Calgary and provided a valuable platform for knowledge sharing.
The three years that I have spent volunteering for IABC/Calgary have afforded me opportunities for relationship building, skill development and industry experience. While I am no less busy I can honestly say that the value that I have gained from volunteering far trumps the minimal time commitment.