Getting a job can make a real difference to your mental and physical health, as well as your pocket. Here are ten reasons why paid employment and volunteering are good for you:
- Earning your own money means you can be more independent. You can choose what you spend your money on.
- Having a job can improve your health by getting you out and about and doing some gentle exercise.
- Working is good for your mental health as well. Having a work routine encourages you to get a good night’s sleep and plans out your day.
- You can save money for yourself or your family. You don’t have to spend your wages as soon as you get them. You could save up for something you really want, or to buy a gift for your family or friends.
- Meeting new people – Being at work means you get the chance to meet new people and make some new friends.
- Using your skills – you can find a job doing the things you are good at, or the things you really enjoy.
- Getting a reference – Volunteering can be a great way to gain some work experience and you can ask your manager for a reference. A reference will tell future employers how well you work and perform as part of a team.
- Work experience can also help you decide what kind of job you would like to do. You can try a role and see if you enjoy it.
- You can do volunteering for short periods of time if you are worried about agreeing to anything long term.
- Volunteering and paid employment can help you to become more involved in your local community.
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