Employers highly value the skills you develop from your extra- and co-curricular activities.
As well as talking about your time spent stacking shelves or pouring pints, you can discuss how you set up a fundraising event which raised over £1500 or increased your group’s membership by 150% over two years as a committee member, or even how you volunteered as your class representative and sat on committees with academic staff.
Don’t just think of clubs and societies or your academic responsibilities as a bit of fun – they can really help you stand out from the crowd, so join, get involved and see where it can take you.
When you write your CV, two pages of white A4 paper can take a lot of filling. Part-time work and your degree will get you so far, but adding in your roles within clubs and societies can be a great way to add a little more oomph!
It’s important if you join a club or society to take an active part. Go to meetings, volunteer for events, suggest ideas, take on one of the committee roles. You will learn a great deal about working in a team, leadership, management, finance – and a lot more besides. And that’s exactly what employers will be looking for on your CV and at interview.
Stirling Students' Union has over 80 different clubs and societies that you can join so there’s bound to be something that will suit your interests and if not – just set up your own (now that kind of initiative really impresses…)
You can join at any time of the year so you don’t need to wait for the fairs during Freshers or Refreshers weeks (though they are great opportunities to explore all the options).
There are many ways you can get involved if you don't want to join a club or society. Have you considered: