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How important are extra-curriculars when exiting college?

As a non-traditional student, I have been working full-time while obtaining my degree. While this is not an extra-curricular that some workplaces or internships look for, I think there is value in sticking to obtaining a degree while also have responsibilities where my time is already split between school work and professional work. #college #college #internship #extracurricular #accomplishments #work #full-time-student #full-time-professional #career


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Josh’s Answer

Hi Gabrielle,

When it comes to extra curriculars, I think how important they are will vary depending on what you studied in college. From my experience in job hunting, extra curriculars are just nice because the work you do in them can be used in your professional portfolio, or at least show recruiters if you have some form of experience working in teams with people or have leadership skills in those teams.

But having a job that you worked full time while you were at school will also be very beneficial exiting college because you're right. Employers like to see how people can handle time-management. So being able to have a full time job and excel in school is definitely a good thing to have.

Best of Luck!

Thank you! Gabrielle B.

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Zoe’s Answer

Hi Gabrielle,

First of all, give yourself a big pat on the shoulder because working full time while obtaining your degree is a great challenge. While employers seek well rounded students by looking at their extra-curricular activities, working full time while studying is by no means a less valuable experience than extracurriculars.

Be assured that your experience demonstrates many important attributes such as great time management skills, diligence, and resilience. I am sure that you have acquired many great skill sets through your work experience as well. Be proud of your experiences and leverage what you learned through your unique experience!

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Nicholas’s Answer

It's very important to be involved on campus! But don't let that affect your performance in school. Your gpa matters, but if you can balance extracurriculars, and maintain a high performance in your classes, it can help lead to offers because you're able to balance activities and hard work! Don't stray away from extracurriculars, but make sure it doesn't affect your grades

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Claudia’s Answer

Gaby, I think that every extracurricular activity can give you a plus in your resumé. But being an intern gives you more oppportunities in your search of a full time job as employeers look for someone with field experience.

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Justin’s Answer

Hi Gabrielle!

In my opinion it is best to be involved early on in your college career. It is a good way to get exposure in the fields you may be interested in and it allows you to build your network. It's also a very fun experience because it is a place you can make many new friends who share similar goals. Good luck!

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Gabriela’s Answer

Hi Gabrielle,

My name is Gabriela. I was a very non traditional student in college. I was raising a child, working part time, and going to school full time. It was so hard to do extracurricular activities but I did what I could. In job interviews I shared my story and was unapologetic about it. My real life experiences were as valuable as an experience I would have gotten in any club or organization.

So my best advice is work with what you have, frame your story, and BE CONFIDENT!

Best of luck, you got this!!

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Yunqing (Meredith)’s Answer

Extra-curriculars are sometimes more important than your academic report sometimes when you exit college, unless you are going to be an researcher. Business want to hire people with leadership, communication skills and etc. The examples you can give during the interviews and resume are from your extra-curricular activities.

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Alex’s Answer

Don't sell yourself short on not identifying your work as nonextra-curricular . Most work experience are applicable towards certifications and accreditations.

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