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What are some good ways to show commitment in college?

What programs/clubs should I look into to show my commitment for job applications in the future? #college #college-advice

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John’s Answer

Iakov there’s no arguing that organizations and activities look good on your resume. This will show your future employers that you participated in, or (better yet) lead, a student organization, they’ll know that you’re hard working and can handle multiple responsibilities. Joining a student organization presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. You can learn from how other students handle certain situations and test your current knowledge. You can also find out what you’re good at, whether that’s multitasking, staying organized, generating ideas, or serving others. This self-awareness will be beneficial in your future career. Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own.

Another great benefit of student organizations, and college programs as a whole, is that you get the opportunity to network. Meeting new students, making connections, and building relationships will all help down the line when you’re looking for a job. Because you’re all part of the same organization, you know the people you’re meeting have at least a few of the same interests as you, so their connections will be valuable. Many of the clubs and organizations on your college campus are professionally-focused and host several events with alumni or panel discussions with local professionals. These events are excellent opportunities for you because they can often lead to potential internship or employment opportunities in the future. Participating in a club or an organization based around your particular area of study will give you practical experience within that field. And what’s great about student clubs is that while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, and fundraising, you get to test them out in a safe environment where making mistakes is okay, everyone on campus is there to support you.

Student organizations have a lot to offer. Whether you join as a member or choose to lead one, simply taking part in an extracurricular group will enhance your school experience. Gaining skills, making connections, and broadening your knowledge through a student organization will help you become a more well-rounded individual — one that’s ready to take on their future career – Good Luck Iakov
Thank you comment icon Thank You Sonya. At the end of the day it’s not about what we've or even what we've accomplished… it’s about who we have lifted up, who we've made better. It’s about what we have given back. John Frick
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Angela’s Answer

Hi! I highly recommend establishing relationships with your professors that are teaching the courses that are important to your degree (versus the pre-req courses unrelated to your major). When I did this, I found two professors that I communicated with often and they became my mentors. They ended up bringing me in as a leader for an internship in my final semester because they knew me and trusted me. This was an opportunity I would not have had without building that mentorship. Mentors can also serve as references for you as you apply to jobs when you're graduating!
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Bronwyn’s Answer

Agreed with Kasti, clubs and organizations are important - leadership roles within those are even better. Even the greek system (fraternities and sororities) have executive positions (recruiting, philanthropy, etc.) - often stepping out of your comfort zone to lead if that is not your usual way is super rewarding. The other item to consider is to start applying to internship opportunities literally in January of your Sophomore/Junior/Senior year. If you stand out, there is always a chance they will look for you again the following summer AND possibly offer you a position once you graduate. If you intern the summer between your soph/junior year, this may also open you to new curriculum choices/minors where you have to apply to that department, and your work experience will come into play.

Make sure you have an active profile on LinkedIn as well and any affiliations/leadership roles are provided. Start networking and reaching out to others and build those relationships and resources!

Good Luck!
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Iakov, I think any organization, especially if you have been a long-term member and participated can look great on a resume. I personally joined the honors society for my major, but I think as long as you stick with an organization, it can convey commitment. Perhaps a leadership group, or one related to your majors or interests can help. Good luck =)
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Krasti’s Answer

Participating in programs and clubs is an excellent way to show commitment for future employers! However, to make sure that you stand out, I would recommend to be either an active participant or taking on a leadership role within that program/club. Anything that demonstrates your leadership skills will make you stand out as someone who is capable of being self-motivated and knows how to get work done. At the end of the day, employers don't really care too much about which clubs you are a part of. They care more about what are you doing in those clubs. So ask yourself, "do you have a leadership role in the club/program?" You don't need to have a title like President of a club. Just leading a project or event is sufficient. There's tons of opportunities out there, especially in college. It's just a matter of reaching out and letting people know you are interested in being more active and leading an activity. Good luck!
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Mohit’s Answer

In addition to the advice in previous responses, I would suggest participating in research projects if you have the opportunity. Research projects often deal with the latest technologies / innovation which is always interesting, drives creativity, and puts you on the leading edge. In addition, you will have more direct interaction with the professors sponsoring the projects and if they are impressed with your commitment, they may give you strong reference letters. Participating in research shows a desire to learn and grow, and is a great way to show commitment in college.
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Emil’s Answer

My advice advise is to excel at academics and work on projects that demonstrate your skills to prospective employers. The clubs and extracurricular activities that you engage can help demonstrate organizational, communications, teamwork, and other soft skills. I would follow your interests and passions in terms of selection. The specific activity or club is doesn't matter as much as your role and contribution to that club or activity.
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Madi’s Answer

Joining any club or organization can be beneficial for your job applications in the future. Joining clubs can demonstrate to employers that you know how to commit to an organization and be a team player. Additionally, you can develop soft skills such as leadership, organization, communication, etc that can be brought to any job that you get hired to do.
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