Updated 25 November 2022
Whether you're an upcoming or recent grad building out your resume, getting involved and being a part of a club, or even the president of a student society, can help boost your chances with your future job prospects. During your graduate job search, no matter what kind of industry you're in, being able to show skills, abilities and interests that are beyond your academic achievements are a great asset and can make you stand out amongst other candidates.
What Skills Can You Gain?
Your involvement in clubs and organisations can give you the opportunity to develop valuable skills that can be used in a real working environment. These can then be highlighted in your resume and cover letters to grab the attention of potential employers. Some of these include:
- Time management
- Project management
- Employee management
- Book-keeping / budgeting
- Networking skills
- Writing and reporting skills
- Communication skills
- Experience in office-simulated environment
- Prioritising and meeting deadlines
What Types of Clubs/Organisations Can You Join?
If you're still studying, student societies are a great way to indulge in your different interests at university and meet like-minded people while getting a head start in your career! Read more about how they can help land you a grad job here.
In May 2022, SEEK Volunteer found that 4 out of 5 hiring managers agreed that volunteering is a great way for graduates and students to bridge the gap and gain transferrable skills and work experience to bolster their profile! Find out more about the value of volunteering for grads here.
Professional clubs and organisations are arguably the most beneficial to your resume as they put you into a space that reflects the type of work that you may be working with in your future career. This can be anything from legal non-profits to your local community radio station!
This is a great way to get active and demonstrate to potential employers that you value your interests and building a community outside of work!