Why you should… Join a Club at University

join-a-clubGoing to uni isn’t all about writing essays and taking advantage of the union’s student-friendly prices. It’s about finding out who you are, making friends for life, and gaining skills that enable you to excel after graduating – and the hundreds of clubs and societies available at your university will do exactly this.  With the new semester kicking off, it’s the perfect time to sign up and get more involved on campus. Here’s five reasons as to why you should be heading to the union to find out what’s on offer.

It’s a great CV booster

Spending hours dedicating yourself to studying and bagging that much-wanted first degree is a great achievement, but it doesn’t automatically make you the most desirable applicant for future work. Employers are always on the lookout for those who went the extra mile at uni, and developed new skills along the way. The club you join doesn’t necessarily have to be linked to your career path, although it may help. So get registered for the drama, boardgame, or science society, and stand out from the crowd during the job hunt.

It enriches your social life

Societies tend to meet once a week, and there’s usually the odd night out involved also. Getting up and out of the library, or your flat, will bring a lot of new people into your life, and because you share similar interests – you joined the same club right? – you’ll no doubt get on like a house on fire.

It balances your lifestyle

The key to success in the academic world is to give yourself regular breaks from the books by getting out there and doing something fun. Although many of you probably get a breather by working at a part-time job, it’s still important to do something a little less taxing. So sign up, and start laughing more – it’s good for the soul, after all!

It yields your knowledge

Being an active member of a society will not only give you the chance to learn about its focus, you’ll also soak up lots of information from the people you meet there. With international students enrolling on nearly every course, the chances of meeting someone who can enhance your understanding of the wider world are pretty high. So if you’ve been dying to know more about Australia’s political system, or Canada’s culture, you might be in luck.

It builds bridges

As a fully fledged associate you’ll be expected to network with not only your fellow members, but with others outside the group too. For example, you might be asked to help arrange the next outing which could involve ringing van hire companies to enquire about transport deals, or speak with charity workers to find out about how your group can help raise money. This will give you plenty practice in talking to people you don’t know, and on your first day at your grown up job, you’ll be a natural at making conversation with all the new faces around you.

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