Monday, February 6, 2012

Gaining Leadership Experience on Campus

By Ariel Bissell, Career Assistant

President of Kappa Delta Pi, Secretary of Social Work Club, and Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi: What do these positions have in common? They are forms of leadership on campus! Employers are always looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate leadership outside the classroom or workplace. In addition to showing that you are a well-rounded student, leadership on campus expresses the ability to manage time effectively. The easiest (and most fun!) way to pump up your resume is getting involved with a campus organization and eventually taking on a leadership position in it.

If you want to get involved but aren’t sure what is available at Ashland, you can check out the Student Organizations page. All the on-campus organizations are listed there, along with the advisor's name and contact information so that you can find out more about the club and see where and when they meet! The organizations cover a wide spectrum ranging from hobbies, service involvement, political beliefs, academic majors, Greek life, or academic honoraries.

Joining a social organization is a great way to have fun and it conveys having a well rounded college experience. A great way to boost your chances in an employment field related to your major is joining on campus organizations that are related to your major. Example: a Middle Grades Education major should probably be a member of CMLA (Collegiate Middle Level Association) or a Social Work major should try to join Social Work Club.

As a student that is involved in Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, America Reads tutoring, and CMLA; I can attest to how much these organizations have benefited me professionally. Not mention the great time I've had and the wonderful people I've met in these organizations!

Join an on campus organization and that could be one step towards making you more marketable to employers!

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