College students and recent graduates should be aware of a common myth faced during your academic career. Myth: Extra-curricular activities in high school were good enough but in college they aren’t really a big deal.
You might think, who has time to join dozen of clubs and organizations, going to several meetings a week when you’re trying to schedule and balance time for classes, studying, working part-time, dating and maintaining a social life right? Wrong.
Unfortunately, many college students have limited outside activity involvement and feel their degree is all that is needed to get a job after college. PR students do join organizations like PRSSA for professional development and networking opportunities but what else are they involved in?
As you search for jobs while either still in school or post-graduation, understand the value of extra-curricular activities and the weight they hold on your resume to a prospective employer or HR recruiter.
During my undergraduate studies, I was a member of PRSSA but was too “cool” to attend meetings or join the champion Bateman Team at Loyola University New Orleans. When I entered graduate school, my entire outlook changed. I became involved in more than half a dozen organizations (not necessarily related to PR or communications) on campus and served on three executive boards. I also extended my university involvement to community involvement while still going to classes, working 30 hours a week, going to the beach with friends, researching, studying, dating and having a social life.
As the fall term quickly approaches and organizational fairs occur on campus, sign up and join a club. You can also volunteer in your community. Extra curricular activities make you a well-rounded individual and also give you a competitive advantage in a competitive industry.
Brandi Boatner is immediate past national president of PRSSA. She’s a recent MA graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and is actively engaged in a full-time job search.