I'm a graphic designer & web developer, just out of high school, and was hired to work on a site for a local historical preservation group after graduation.
Now, the group has presented me an invitation to be a board member, and that sounds fancy, but being right out of school, I'm only looking at this from the perspective of a +1 on my resume.
When I asked for advice on the matter, I was told "Definitely accept it. It'll sound great on your resume."
I'm trying to figure out whether or not this will really be as good for my resume as it sounds.
I'm taking into account:
This is a non profit, (non paying) culturally and locally focused organization, which is not exactly experience in the field of innovative, efficient, perfection-driven design and web development.
At the same time, I have very little work experience, and while I do have plenty of business coming in, my goal is team leading and this might offer experience working with others.
<Town Name here>Historical Foundation" doesn't exactly preach to the choir in the technology field. In fact, it's a slightly boring area for me. I want to create and innovate and inspire. On a resume for future jobs in the development field, this might reflect on me as being old fashion or historically inclined. I don't mean to discount history as uninteresting, but it's probably not appealing to geeks and project managers looking for new ideas and innovation.
The organization is volunteer-based and "fully" willing to cooperate with my schedule, but I spend basically every moment awake working towards development of paid and personal development projects. So even if the time cost is small, every minute matters and I'd hate to waist time if the position will not help my career.
Work is easy to come by, and I have more than I need. This isn't a question of work gained by affiliation, but of experience and resume value.
Overall, I'm eager to promote my career as efficiently as possible, and I'm just not sure whether accepting this opportunity will help me.
Will taking this part-time position likely be a good choice for promoting a future career in the technology field, as far as my resume goes?
Edit: I'd like to know whether or not such a position and the responsibilities involved are resume-worthy, even though the organization's goals are not tech-related.