Why You Should Join Student Organizations

First it’s friends and school. Then it’s internships… and jobs.

With the hustle and bustle of the millions of things to figure out and decisions to be made, student organizations often feel like an after-thought in college.

Why You Should Join Student Organizations

But student orgs can be extremely helpful in getting experience, making friends, and networking. Here’s five ways that student organizations can help your career:

You’ll master time management

Everybody is busy in college. We’ve got studying, studying, our social lives, and more studying. It may seem like adding a few student orgs would be insane. But juggling coursework and your club involvements will help you learn to manage your time.

Involvement in extracurriculars also shows employers that you know how to prioritize and distribute your time effectively.

Opportunities for leadership

Most clubs have a president, vice-presidents, officer structures and even more ways to get involved. You’ll get leadership experience every step of the way. And management experience as you move up in the leadership ladder.

Many organizations also choose their positions based on election. Elections show that your peers chose you to lead, which will speak volumes to employers about your success as a leader.

Real world experience

Clubs also give you the opportunity to wear many hats.

Almost every club needs marketing, finance, and event planning as well as smaller roles like website management, social media and more. Getting the chance to try out different types of work can help you decide your career path.

You’ll also gain skills applicable to your major and career path. If you’re interested in marketing, for example, finding a communications or publicity role in an organization will give you experience marketing your club. And that’s definitely resume-worthy.

Networking with speakers

Many of the major-specific clubs on campus have meetings that involve bringing in speakers. By being more involved, you’ll likely get a chance to talk to and connect with these speakers and gain industry connections.

And if you can get a role where you’re the one bringing in the speakers, you’ll have even more opportunities to build professional connections.

Network with fellow students

Lastly, joining student organizations will give you the chance to network with other students. Join a few major-specific organizations to meet students with the same interests as you.

Then join a few organizations outside of your major to broaden your network connections to people with different career paths.

So what are you waiting for? Go join some student orgs! And be sure to sign up for The Young & Inspired newsletter for more career advice.