Volunteering at NIRSA Championship Series Events Provides Professional Development Opportunities
What is it about?
This study explored the perceived impact of volunteering on one's professional development. The results indicate that some professional growth, in key areas such as public speaking and teaching ability, occurs as a result of the volunteer experience. There are other key areas, such as listening and the development of positive leadership styles, that need to be explored more fully.
Why is it important?
Universities spend thousands of dollars for their students and professional staff to attend NIRSA Championship Series events. This study helps justify those expenditures, in that through the volunteer experience, staff members return to their home campus better prepared and more capable of doing their jobs. In some ways, volunteering at these events can be considered analogous to attending an professional conference. The study also highlights the value of experiential learning.
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