I’ve said it many times, it’s not the activity that matters to the employer, it’s what you’ve gained from that activity that counts. The key is to identify the skills you’re developing, explain situations you’ve encountered, and make connections between your past behavior and how you will likely perform as a professional.
Involvement in clubs or organizations, community service, athletics, internships, and any work experiences (paid or unpaid) all count as valuable activities. Don’t discount your academic involvement either! Group projects and class assignments encourage critical thinking and team work; research papers and projects develop investigative and communication skills. And what about those of you who have spent (or plan to spend) a semester studying abroad? There is a wealth of attitudes and skills you acquire from an international experience.
For those of you studying abroad, consider participating in the new program, Expanding the Journey, a collaboration between the offices of Study Abroad and Career Services. You may have read Kaitlyn McDonald’s article about it in a recent edition of La Vie Collegienne, but in case you missed it, Kaitlyn has given permission for me to post it here!
“Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience, if you let it.
Being abroad will test your comfort zone, push your emotional boundaries, and open you up to experiences that you never knew existed. That is a lot to deal with on your own, both emotionally and physically. Luckily, there is a new program on campus that aids future study abroad students through their future endeavors.” Read Kaitlyn McDonald’s full article ->