When it’s the first day at your college, when the lectures are over and others are heading back home, when it’s weekend and you are thinking about sleeping over at your friend’s house and and even when it’s the semester break and the time for vacations and staycations has come, there’ll always be a group of people hanging around at some quiet spot in the school or at some café, mapping out the plans for a workshop or rehearsing a talk for a presentation rather than chilling and stressing off their semester crisis. When you see them, perhaps you may appreciate them because they might be the student government members who are trying to execute a superb semester event that you might enjoy or the executive board of a charity group that has been raising funds to contribute to the local beneficiaries.
Engaging in a student organization has become an extremely popular pursuit for a typical college-bound student. Tertiary education institutions like universities nowadays usually have anywhere between 10 to more than 200 well-established student clubs and organizations that offer a variety of rewarding college experience. These student organizations are not only well-intended student bodies meant to enrich the enrollment in a university but also the simulations of a startup or a corporate that the students shall be entering upon graduation.
Working in an organization contributes to your future career success in numerous ways. Depending on the category of the organization that you are opting to engage in, there are a lot of potential benefits that you can take advantage of for your own good. The listings below explore some distinct perks of being in a student organization, made relevant to the nature of most student organizations and their members.
1) Knowledge about organizational hierarchy
Student organizations usually do have a definite executive board with well-structured roles designated to each member. The specified job descriptions of organizational individuals make it possible for the members to comprehend what it feels like to be working in an organization. This sense of organizational understanding is very important to the students because when they enter the workforce, they are very likely to recognize the expectations from the employer and well understand their roles than those who have little or no prior experience with organizational hierarchy.
2) Opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge to use
Student organizations usually have departments that function either independently or collaboratively. Some of the common departments in a typical and functional student organization include marketing, human resources management, business or corporate development and finance but there are a lot of variations depending on the purpose it serves and the causes it supports. These organizational departments offer the students an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to practical executions and get a better understanding of their academic pursuits.
3) Team experience
Working in an organization inevitably offers an opportunity to come across like-minded individuals who may or may not be from your same class. This enables you to experience the diversity in the working world as you and the ‘different’ others synergize to yield the best outcomes as a team. This is especially necessary since the employee market today demands the employees with highly refined experiences with teamwork and the skills to cooperate within a diverse group of people.
4) Thinking outside the box
In a conventional classroom, most of the time, innovative thinking is very scarcely necessitated. But in a student organization, being solution-oriented is highly sought after and the members are allowed to take initiatives, enabling them to get more freedom of expression and execution. It is an opportunity for students to think and analyze crtically and even generate groundbreaking ideas that a classroom lecture may not dictate to develop.
5) Developing self-awareness
Working in a student organization expands your horizon and familiarizes you with the way people think and behave. Getting to know more about other people, in turn, serves the purpose of getting to know about yourself and this is a great opportunity for you to be able to further break down your strengths and weaknesses, enhancing your self-awareness. Self aware people stand a better chance of outperforming their peers in an interview or a competition as they can exploit their understanding of themselves to eliminate their weaknesses and take advantage of their strengths.
6) Attaining new soft skills
Student organizations are a great way to explore what you want to be good at and actually try to become good at it. Presentation, communication, coordination, time management and project management are some common soft skills that most student organizations have to offer to you. One core soft skill that you can possibly attain at such organizations is leadership; not only can you demonstrate your responsible actions and ethical behaviours in a team, you also have an opportunity to ascend to higher administrative positions in respective organizations depending on your seniority, intellectual curiosity and commitment.
7) Building a long lasting network
A student organization is a rendezvous where all young individuals with a shared mindset of making the world a better place converge. In a student organization, the members are able to reach out to each other, share their ideas and further their friendships to a long lasting network. Friendships made in student organizations are especially very unique since they result from the passion to strive toward a mutual outcome.
8) An escape from academia
University life is understandably full of academic endeavors with the majority of time being spent on studies and research. Involvement in a student organization allows the students to take a short break from these scholastic pursuits and take on a completely new role of practically doing something that doesn’t include lectures and exams.
9) Making an impact
Last but not least, most student organizations usually have the community impact as their organizational objective and being a part of them is an opportunity to contribute to the people in need and feel proud of it. Furthermore, working in student organizations is a perfect way to gradually develop volunteerism and philanthropy as personal values which are undeniably the assets of humanity.
Colleges and universities are not only the places to pursue a degree in some industry you are rooting to work in but also the settings to grow personally and professionally. Experiences in a student organization are also resume-friendly and are good lines to add in your personal statements in a scholarship application or a job interview. Finally, whether you are a nerdy top-scoring individual in the class or the last bencher who prefers out-of-classroom pursuits, student organizations are just one email away from you if you ever want to become a part of them.