Almost anyone can go to school, and if they work hard on campus, they can get the grades required to get a degree or diploma of some kind. When it comes to the real world and people are applying for different jobs, a high GPA doesn’t always guarantee you a position. Sometimes there is a minimum GPA requirement for jobs and if you don’t make the cut than your resume gets thrown out. In my opinion, at the end of the day there are going to be many people with a degree or a diploma out there. More often than not, it is getting involved on campus and previous experience that will make a deciding difference in the interview.
What Extracurriculars Can Do For You On Campus
By getting involved you can add more things to your resume. It will also help you answer questions productively in an interview. Teacher Man pointed out in one his his earlier articles that during his interview his boss was more concerned with what he did out of school compared to his grades or courses. Doing extra activities and meeting new people will give you experience that a classroom cannot. It can give you the added edge over someone who hasn’t done anything extra. At the very least it shows that you’re outgoing and willing to volunteer your time and take initiative.
Finding Fun Things To Do On Campus
We all need our study breaks, so a good practice is to do something you love doing so it doesnt seem like a chore to go out to do it. Teacher Man loved his basketball so he did tons of coaching, I was involved in student/faculty councils. I kind of started by accident, but I soon found out how much I loved doing it. A great resource to check out is your student union. They monitor all of the student groups on campus and can give you a list of them, these lists can often be found on their website. For example, if you like chess, chances are there is a chess club and that it meets weekly.
Learning Skills That They Don’t Teach In The Classroom
Everyone should volunteer in a leadership role at least once in their lifetime, it will show you how hectic things can be and how to deal with unexpected surprises. I happened to run events for my faculty as well as my residence council. I have learned that volunteers don’t always show up when they say they do, forcing me to either think up a plan B or learn to plan for the unexpected. My experiences enabled me to learn how work as a team with the people around me. I often noticed the leaders step up and take initiative and did my best to emulate these examples. Universities don’t directly teach things like patience, social skills, teamwork, and many other useful life skills that can give you the edge in an interview and a job environment. I had one professor tell the class that, “The “A” Students teach the “B” Students how to work for the “C” students.” The lesson I took from this is that many “C” students probably worked on their “social networking” instead of their grades, and they are able to land themselves good jobs based on their personality and their ability to adapt to different crowds.
Campus Activities Can Lead To Great Jobs
When you are handing in a resume to an intern position, there will be a pile of other resumes from other students from the same school and program. Interviewers are looking for things that stand out. For instance, if you are studying for journalism, you are going to be wanting to be apart of the on campus newspaper in some way. You can also take classes online at colleges like Indiana Wesleyan University or the University of Athabasca to help free up your schedule to work or intern.. With that experience, you should be picked over the other applicants based on the fact you have the experience of handling deadlines and working in a team environment. At least you will have more experience than someone who just went to their required courses.
What activities did you take part in when you were a student (or are currently taking part in)? Which specific extracurriculars would you recommend, and which would tell others to stay from?