Why Being Involved on Campus Can Help Your Career
Posted on April 26, 2018 by By Brandyn Berean ’19, Delaware Valley University business major.
This semester, I attended the National Association of Campus Activities conference in Boston. Being president of the Student Programming Board at Delaware Valley University, I go to these conferences to get ideas for future events that we can bring to our student body.
I had a great but very exhausting time! One part of the conference was to attend educational sessions. The sessions that I tried going to were all based on the general theme of leadership.
There was a session called, "Transforming the Student Leadership Experience into Real-World Experience," that caught my attention. I learned that employers are looking for a "cultural" fit as well as a specific skill set. That means employers are looking for students who are engaged in doing things that are extracurricular. Being involved, whether through a sports team or, by being a community leader can help an applicant stand out and connect with people professionally.
Yes, employers are still looking for what skills you have that are relevant to the position, but employers are actually also interested in what you’re doing outside of the classroom or office.
From my personal experiences, I can agree with this advice. I have had a few phone interviews lately about summer internships, and in each of the interviews I've had, they have asked me, if I had any leadership positions or if I have done anything outside of classes within my school or community.
When I talk about what I do as president of DelVal’s Student Programming Board, the interviewers are very happy to hear what I do and are engaged in asking me additional questions about the position.
To be honest, I didn't think that being in all these clubs and organizations would pay off on a resume. One, because they really don't have anything to do with my major (business). And two, I didn’t think an employer would care what I can do with a college leadership role. I have been surprised to learn that my campus involvement does continuously come up and gives me something to talk about in interviews.
I can definitely say that I am thankful for my position with the Student Programming Board. I truly have a passion for it, and I enjoy it!
At the conference, I also learned that personal interests and experiences can help you create an elevator pitch for yourself and build your resume.
Another thing I found interesting was a quote that said, "Sometimes, students don't even realize the skill set they've acquired through their experiences."
I agree with this quote. If being president of the Student Programming Board has taught me one thing, it is that I can handle many different tasks at one time and delegate tasks to my board members efficiently and effectively. Quite honestly, that skill just kind of happened with practice.
Overall, I left the conference with a lot of new information and material. I am happy to know that I am heading in the right direction in terms of preparing for my job search after college. Joining clubs and organizations was probably one the best decisions that I could have ever made in my life and especially in my college career.
About the Author
Brandyn Berean ’19 is a Delaware Valley University business major who is specializing in accounting. Berean has a passion for spreading positivity, and he reminds others to never give up on their hopes and dreams. Berean wants to own his own business one day and believes that specializing in accounting with help him achieve this goal. He gained real-world experience by serving as president of the Student Programming Board at DelVal and by working as an accounting intern with S.M. Collins & Associates, P.C. in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.