Author, Amanda Chatel

It’s not easy being a full time princess, but that’s exactly what Kate Middleton became when she married Prince William. And while she may not spend her days in an office like most, she does hold one of the highest and most esteemed positions in all of the UK. Now, in following in the steps of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, she’s looking at possible charities where she can start her volunteering work.

It’s no secret that volunteering is a good move for your career. And not only does it show that you’re willing to give back to your community, but it gives your life purpose, which in the long run also leads to happier and healthier lives. Studies have shown that those who volunteer as little as two or more hours a week, have lower rates of depression and heart disease; and they also have greater self-esteem.

When it comes to your career, volunteering is a great way to work on your business and professional skills. You’re forced to use them in new and different ways, and in turn you learn more about yourself and what you can offer as a businesswoman to these non-profit organizations. Choosing to volunteer can also “improve your communication, conflict management, and leadership skills” –not to mention the number it will do on your circle networking connections.  And while Kate will never need to worry about bulking up her resume with volunteer work to land another job, choosing to give back will most likely enhance her as a person and a public figure in London. Look at what it did for Princess Di–she will always be remembered as “The People’s Princess” because of her tireless efforts in contributing to causes that were important to her.

According to Kate’s spokesman, Kate is presently getting to “know a number of charitable and other causes better, so she can make well-informed decisions about her future role. The duchess plans to meet a wide range of people and make private visits.”

You may not be royalty, and you may not have Prince Wills on your arm, but the step to bettering yourself and your career is to give back. Take a look at the organizations around you, assess which are nearest and dearest to your heart, and move onward. As an Arabic proverb says: “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.”


Photo credit: The Prince of Wales official website