How Your Degree Can Help You Get Involved in Your Community
Updated By Staff Writer on August 14, 2020
Higher education is an important part of creating a happier, more successful society overall. While you can certainly help out in the community without an education, the additional training and skills acquired from a college degree allow you to give back in unique ways.
You may have heard the quote “with great power comes great responsibility,” and this popular phrase from Spiderman is especially relevant when it comes to education. So how will obtaining your degree allow you to improve your community? Using all that you’ve learned in college, you can give aid to those around you and influence your community for the better.
How Does Higher Education Benefit Society?
At Independence University, we strive to instill into our students the attitude of giving. We know our graduates will make their local neighborhoods a better place to live and raise a family when they volunteer for community service. So how does higher education benefit society? Research shows that college graduates are more involved, happier, healthier, and even live longer than those who don’t attend college.
The community benefits of a college degree are seemingly endless. The Pew Research Center conducted a study showing that college graduates are more engaged in civic exercises like going to town meetings, signing petitions, and contacting their local government. College graduates are also more likely to volunteer and vote, and they usually participate in regular exercise and avoid smoking.
How Will Obtaining Your Degree Allow You to Improve Your Community
The benefits of a college education go far beyond your learning and job satisfaction. You’ll be able to use your knowledge to improve the lives of the people around you as you put your skills to use.
How will obtaining your degree allow you to improve your community? A degree in healthcare has obvious implications of how you might serve your community, but a degree in graphic arts can be equally important. For example, you might volunteer your skills to help a struggling local business or to run a club at a local high school.
When everyone does their part to improve their local community, towns and cities across the nation enjoy greater economic and overall success. When you serve, you’ll help people around you who are in need—but you’ll also reap benefits for yourself. As anyone who has engaged in meaningful service can attest, the experience can be just as rewarding for the person who is serving.
Opportunities to Serve Are out There
When you first consider serving in your community, you may be unsure of where to get started. But once you know where to look, you’ll find opportunities for community service all around you.
One of the first places to find service and volunteer opportunities is at your city’s town hall, which is filled with offices dedicated to the betterment of the community.
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Contact the parks department if you want to help with an upcoming civic event. If you have an accounting degree, you can also volunteer your skills as an accountant or put together free finance workshops for the community. And if you have a healthcare administration degree, you can speak with a public official about ways to improve the health of your community.
You can also search the internet or talk to friends and family to make a list of local non-profits. Many of these organizations only exist with the help of volunteers, and they’ll probably be glad to talk to you about opportunities to serve. Narrow down the non-profits that relate to your college degree and let them know that you have a specific skill set that could benefit their foundation. For example, if you have a degree in nursing or respiratory care, you can seek out a non-profit in need of healthcare volunteers. If you have a background in cybersecurity, you can volunteer your time to work on the non-profit’s security network.
Using Your Education to Serve
As your desire to give back increases, you’ll find that the opportunities to use your college degree and expertise in your local community are practically endless. If you already have your degree, consider the good you can do outside of your workplace and use your education to help others. If you’re still thinking about getting your degree, you can get started today by checking out Independence University’s online degree programs.