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What you do outside the classroom matters in the business world

Studies show that students who participate in extracurricular activities have advantages when entering job market

Angel Funk

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   The common denominator amongst all college students is to complete their degree, that will hopefully help them to have a career in a field they are passionate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to increase by 11.5 million from 2016 to 2026 in what CBS calls “the best job market in a decade” for 2018 graduates. 

   With the job market booming and degree holders in high demand, unfortunately, we’re also seeing the highest amount of student debt ever at an estimated $1.5 trillion in the U.S. according to Forbes magazine.

   Good grades usually can no longer carry you into a good job as well as the question lingering if a college education is worth the price in loans and the interest acquired from these loans, make it more critical than ever too and out and get the most out of your degree by getting involved on your campus.

   This could be something as simple as joining your major’s organization or a club that will give you experience in a relevant field, but it could even be in a particular interest that you’ve always wanted to try. 

   Many organizations give students the ability to build a network of working in their field and gain insight into the industry they hope to achieve employment after graduation. In my major organization and others, as a national member, you get access to free resources.

   Employers look for these organizations that emphasize professional development according to because it shows that students look explained their knowledge in the field and are willing to take advantage of opportunities.

   Outside of major focused clubs, every organization on campus allows students to gain leadership experience, develop skills, and get real experience for their resume. Cal U students pay a $300 fee that automatically gives them the ability to join or create any club or organization they wish. 

   Additionally, you can direct your career in whatever you wish by getting experience in the particular club. If you are pursuing a business degree but choice to become involved with STEM-focused organizations, you could potentially boost your ability to become a stand out applicant when applying for jobs. 

   For undecided students, becoming involved with things that peak interest or learning more about the clubs on campus may be able to help guide you into a degree. 

   There are many reasons to join a club or organization on Cal U’s campus, for some it may not be an option but the lasting benefits can be seen in the success stories of the alumni, current students, and in employers seeking qualified graduates. 

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What you do outside the classroom matters in the business world