By - DesperateLetter0
Depends on what position you are volunteering for and who you know. I don't know them personally, but I met someone who volunteered just to get experience and network. His friend who brought him in took him under his wing & trained him. So, that person had a positive experience and eventually landed a permanent position.
Do you know what he volunteered for?? I saw on the website they you could volunteer for accounting, which is what i want to get into. Wonder if they actually teach you, or make you do unrelated task if you volunteer. That's nice to know the person you know had a good experience from it.
Engineering position. The volunteer knew someone so the supervisor was receptive to it. It was not advertised.
Volunteers cannot be used to replace permanent positions, just FYI. So they would (should is probably a better word *sigh*) not bring you in and have you just do an accountants job, it would be more like helping an existing accountant with their tasks or being given special assignments that relate to the experience you want.
However, what you do and how much volunteering will help you get a permanent position largely depends on your volunteer supervisor. I’ve known some that used their volunteers as glorified assistants. I was lucky, when I was a volunteer. I had a really good supervisor who gave me tasks/projects that would give me the experience I needed to be hired into a permanent position. I’m forever grateful to her and the amount of time and effort she put into my time in her unit.
Do you mind sharing what you volunteered for and how long you did it until you got a permanent position??
So I volunteered in Design doing resource management in CT’s internal software called Project Resource and Schedule Management (PRSM) for about a year.
Basically, CalTrans projects are broken down into phases. Within each of those phases are tasks that correspond to specific deliverables. My job was to look at the design engineering tasks; make sure all the units that were supposed to be assigned were (Design, Utilities, Landscape, etc); determine if each unit had enough hours to complete their respective deliverables; and work with the Project Engineer (PE), Supervising Engineer, the Project Manager (PM) and the PM assistant to redistribute hours between the tasks when needed so everyone could complete their work. It was work that the PE and their supervisor were supposed do but it was rarely done so I got the pleasure lmao.
I eventually got a job in Maintenance as an OT (take what you can get to get in). Then promoted to SSA about 8 months later.
Feel free to DM me if you would like more info. Depending on what office you’re close to I might be able to tell you who the volunteer coordinator is for that area to get you started (if you decide it’s something you’d like to pursue).