careerBUZZ: 5 Ways Student Organizations Help Your Career

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:22pm

Student organizations are a great way to get involved in the University of Iowa community, while also meeting lifelong friends at the same time. But, have you ever thought of all different job skills you can learn from a student organization? Most employers look for an active and involved student when hiring a new employee. Here are five ways you can become more employable from your exciting student org involvement on campus!

1. Strengthening your social skills

Student orgs are a great way to expand your horizons to learn about different people and cultures. It is also a good way to practice efficient communication skills with other individuals! Overall, the experience will help you get out of your shell to embrace the unknown!

2. Gain some professional experience

Employers look for student org experience on resumes to show that you can juggle multiple tasks at a time. Student orgs also allow you to build different organizational skills. Skills such as teambuilding and organization, are great “real-life” assets to add to your resume.

3. Gain leadership skills

Most student orgs give members a chance to be fully engaged in the organization through executive boards or other leadership positions. These roles give you a chance to voice your unique opinions and ideas. Plus, the University of Iowa offers a lot of different training courses for the student leaders.

4. Work on your personal development

Student orgs are a great chance to figure out what your strengths and passions are. Active student org members often create future goals and plans based on the passions found within their student orgs.

5. Networking with Alumni

Student orgs often bring back alumni for events to they can share their insights on past experiences. This relationship building is an awesome way to gain mentoring experiences or even land your first job!