Friday, September 28, 2012

12 Reasons University Students Should Seek Leadership Roles in Clubs

If you're an undergraduate or graduate student, opportunities abound to participate in clubs that meet on campus. Whether you’re interested in education, the environment, food, politics, public relations, advertising, accounting, history, or a range of other topics or issues, there’s a group of like-minded students ready and willing to support your personal exploration of these areas with an eye (in some cases) towards identifying relevant workplace experiences as well as longer-term career possibilities.

Such involvement offers various tangible benefits, yet they pale by comparison to those available to students who step forward to assume leadership positions with one or more groups. Whether you serve as the president, programs chair, treasurer, secretary, or any one of a number of other positions, you’ll experience the following benefits by stepping forward to serve as a club leader.

1.Connections with a wide range of fellow students and often alumni at who are interested in similar issues.

2.A personal commitment to explore relevant issues in substantive and meaningful ways, outside the confines of the classroom.

3.An opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in a particular field (professionally oriented or otherwise) or an area of practice as they intersect with your classroom experiences.

4.The opportunity to build deep and lasting relationships with working professionals in this field.

5.The opportunity to build deeper relationships with fellow student leaders in your club as well as others representing a range of clubs and activities.

6.Numerous occasions to cultivate skills in budgeting, facilitation, public speaking, marketing and promotion, event planning, team building, conflict management, and the recruitment and development of future student leaders, among others.

7.The opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom related to leadership and marketing, among other subjects, in a real-world setting.

8.An invitation to build deeper relationships with faculty, including (but not limited to) working closely with a faculty adviser.

9.An invitation to build deeper relationships with student affairs staff and other individuals at your institution who interact with club leaders.

10.The opportunity to establish a reputation as a thought leader among fellow students in a particular area.

11.The potential for demonstrating to employers the breadth and depth of commitment to field.

12.The ability to demonstrate to employers relevant skills and industry knowledge/insight as germane to a particular field.

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