Those who get involved in extracurricular activities during university are immediately going to be more attractive to prospective employers. But with so many options available which kind of activities will help you develop those transferable skills that can be utilised by a prospective employer?
There is endless ways to get involved, from volunteering at a local charity shop to working in a nursery, helping with infants, assisting in a nursing home, or generally helping others outside of your academic field of study. Such activities enable you to gain work experience whilst also giving back to the local community, both of which help you stand out once you begin to apply for those graduate positions.
Being involved in student affairs can be an important part of university life and the skills you gain can help you out once you have graduated. Being elected to be part of a student committee or representing the student body as an academic representative could be the very thing that makes your CV stand out.
Also, there are often opportunities at university to hold events whether it be a small bake sale to raise money or a campus bar event. Not only does this enable you to develop and showcase skills such as organization, time management, structural skills and leadership (often a team is involved to assist the event) it will also give you a feeling of success when you see that event come to fruition! Social events are a major part of JDX so having experience running these sorts of events before will definitely work to your advantage.
Societies and extra classes
Societies are there for individuals to try something new and meet new people with shared interests. There is a whole variety of extra-curricular activities to choose from, from sport to dance to academic societies. By being a member, you show initiative, social skills and most importantly – that you like to have fun!
Alternatively you can take part in extra-skills related workshops which can help build up expertise in areas outside of your core subjects. This could include attending employability-related workshops or networking events, taking a first-aid course or evening classes to learn a new language. These types of talents help develop your core skillset and play a key part in cultivating your career path.
The more activities you get involved in, the more opportunities you open up for yourself. The skills you gain, the people you meet and the experiences you have all develop you into the person that you will be when you finish university. So make the most of any opportunity to take on new skills as essentially the more that you have to offer and the more interesting a person you become, the more desirable you are going to be to an employer.