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Why should you participate in committees and other volunteer activities?

Question asked by Frankie Wood-Black on May 22, 2011
Latest reply on May 24, 2011 by Joseph Sabol

This is a question that I have been asked by students, management and others.  Why should you participate in these type of activities?  What are the benefits.  Usually, I answer for my self  - I enjoy it but it has also helped me with a number of skills - leading without authority, event planning, financial acumen, etc.  Today I ran across an article that may also be helpful:


Why you shouldn't turn down a committee assignmentActively participating in a professional organization is key to developing valuable relationships that can help your career, Lyan Fernandez writes. Being on a committee, for example, "puts your appetite for involvement, initiative and leadership in the spotlight among potential prospects and employers," Fernandez writes. The Miami Herald (free registration) (5/16