Friday, 14 September 2012

Dedicated Voluntary Support


I joined ‘Missing People’ back in August 2008, with the role of giving presentations to Rotary clubs about the ‘missing issue,’ and about what the charity does. Made up of over 1.2 million Rotary members - known as Rotarians -in 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional and community leaders.  These leaders volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world - and form strong, lasting friendships in the process. 

I took up the role after being rejected for a trainee charted accountant job I particularly wanted. I knew I needed to diversify my CV, and the position offered by Missing People was a perfect way to improve my communication skills and ability to communicate with business people and professionals.  I know that many of these people would be similar to clients in the career I wanted.
The presentations last around fifteen minutes, delivered to groups of around fifteen to twenty people. With regards to preparing for each presentation, I make sure that I memorise everything that I am going to say, removing the need for notes during the presentation. The content that I deliver is the same for every presentation, so even though my first presentation required a few days of presentation, now a few hours is all I need in order to prepare. 

The fact that I do not need to use any notes or cue cards when giving the presentation, means that I can always keep eye contact with my audience. Additionally it enables me to use my hands as a non-verbal communication tool. I have received very positive feedback from the Rotary clubs which I have spoken to.  An official at the last Rotary club I spoke at specially commented on my clear delivery and use of hands for added emphasis.

After one year at the charity, my self-confidence and ability to communicate with a wide range of people have improved immeasurably. The skills I’ve developed working for Missing People, helped me greatly in securing a graduate finance job last month. For anyone who wanted to improve their chances of success in today’s competitive job marke, voluntary work is a perfect way to do.

If you find Shanake’s story inspiring, please click to enquire about voluntary work with Missing People.

By Shanake Amarasinghe 
Dedicated Missing People Volunteer

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