It is not uncommon for YPG representatives to also serve on other YPG committees and project groups, although this is not expected or mandatory!
There are significant rewards to be gained from investing your time, not least the ability to develop skills and knowledge in an arena not directly related to your job function. However, this is not to say that the skills you gain will not be beneficial in your workplace. Many YPG representatives tell us they feel more respected and have more confidence and in some cases even gained promotions as a direct result of the volunteer work they have undertaken.
Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals at varying stages of their career, in many cases it will provide you with access to people you might not ordinarily meet.
Below is a summary of some of the key benefits:
- Develop project management skills and techniques
- Build your interpersonal (soft) skills
- Dealing with a wide variety of people (from top management to students)
- A great networking platform
- Increase your confidence
- Enhance your day job promotion prospects
- Provides a great sense of achievement
- a large number of intangible benefits...
Finally, many of the activities you will undertake with the YPG and your branch qualify for CPD points and therefore is an excellent way of progressing your BCS membership and your professional development.