Written by Jesse Sannicandro
College is a big change for everybody.
High School is over, and you now have to make your own schedule. You have to wake up early for classes, motivate yourself to do homework, and get involved on campus—you need to join a club.
It can be hard to meet people in college.
While waiting for classes to start, people are sometimes more interested in looking at their phones than talking to each other. It can be difficult and awkward to make a connection when everybody is in their own social media bubble. By joining a club, the anxiety of breaching personal space is lessened. You can develop friendships based on shared interests. In addition to being a fun, social activity, clubs can help you develop professional skills.
Club involvement can add to your resume.
Your work in clubs demonstrates soft skills such as teamwork and responsibility. Additionally there are opportunities for leadership roles by becoming a club officer. Specific leadership positions can show hard skills, for example: being a treasurer shows that you are good with money; acting as a secretary shows you have writing skills. This type of experience can help put your resume at the top of the pile.
Practice networking in a club.
Networking is one of the most valuable skills to have to help you find a job. In a club, you can practice networking while you make friends. Club members and advisors can be part of your network on LinkedIn, and can also give you endorsements for skills on your profile.
You are who you are.
A bachelor’s degree and a solid GPA are important, but in a competitive job market, they aren’t game changers. You need something to make yourself stand out to employers, and clubs let them know who are are. A club like The Onyx can be good to be a part of if you want to apply at a publishing house. One like Alternative Spring Break can be relevant if you want to join a non-profit organization. You never know who’s reading your resume. If they have something in common with you, you stand out more. For the most part, the skills you gain from a club are more important than its subject matter.