4 Student Organizations
At one point or another, all university students have been told about the importance of getting involved in student organizations.
Have you ever considered joining these kinds of groups? Are you on the fence about whether they will actually benefit you?
Read on to learn more about the importance of joining student organizations.
You’ll also find some suggestions for groups you can start participating in today.
Why Join Student Organizations?
As a busy student with a full class load, a job, and possibly a family to take care of, is it worth it for you to dedicate your time to an organization when you have so much else going on?
Even when your schedule is packed, there are still very good reasons to get involved on campus and be a more engaged student. Here are some of the greatest benefits you can enjoy when you participate in student organizations:
Develop Soft Skills
While they’re attending college, many students make the mistake of focusing too much on their hard skills and not enough time on their soft skills.
Hard skills are specific technical abilities that are required to do a specific job. Soft skills help you to fit into a workplace and be part of a team. Virtually any employer will tell you that they can train you on the hard skills you need, but if you lack the appropriate soft skills it is difficult to succeed.
The following are some examples of soft skills that you may need to find and keep a good job in the business world:
- Communication (listening, non-verbal communication, public speaking, written communication, etc.)
- Critical thinking (creative problem-solving, adaptability, tolerance to change, etc.)
- Leadership (conflict resolution, giving and accepting feedback, motivating others, etc.)
- Positive attitude (confidence, courtesy, patience, humor, respect, etc.)
For some people, these kinds of skills come naturally. Others need to work hard to develop them.
If you fall into the latter category, joining a club or organization creates more opportunities for you to work on these skills. That way, you can be a more well-rounded candidate when the time comes to search for a job.
Become a Better Collaborator
Collaboration, or teamwork, is another soft skill that is essential to those who work in the business world. You’ll need to be able to work well with others, listen to their suggestions, and offer feedback in a constructive way.
Participating in student organizations will provide you with more opportunities to foster these skills outside of group projects in the classroom. The more practice you get in this arena, the better off you’ll be in a couple of years when you’re part of a project team at a major company.
Enjoy Networking Opportunities
Networking is important when you’re working in any industry. If you’re part of the business world, though, it’s extra-beneficial to be a good networker.
Networking isn’t about just being a good conversationalist (although, that’s definitely part of it). Being a good networker includes being able to exchange professional information efficiently and forming memorable connections that will benefit you and the company you work for in the future.
When you join a club or organization, you get to connect with students you might not have had a chance to meet otherwise. This, in turn, can pay off later when you’re looking for internships or trying to get your foot in the door at a particular company.
Many student organizations also provide opportunities to meet and network with students from other schools, as well as community members and local professionals. The better you are at forming relationships and making connections, the more likely these people are to remember you when you graduate and are trying to land a job.
Gain Practical Experience
If you’re a busy student, it’s easy to assume that you don’t have time to be part of a club or student organization.
It’s important to remember, though, that these organizations aren’t all fun and games. They also create chances for you to gain practical experience.
When you join an organization, you’ll find new ways to apply the information you learn in your classes. You’ll also learn techniques and strategies from professionals that you can implement when you’re attending networking events, interviewing for jobs, and more.
Expand Your Resume
With the new skills you’re learning from your membership in a particular club or organization, you’ll be able to expand your resume and make yourself more appealing when you’re applying for jobs, particularly if you take on a leadership role. If you want to gain a leg up on the competition, joining an organization is a good way to get ahead.
Don’t forget, your membership in a well-known club or organization enhances your resume, too. When hiring managers look at your resume and see that you were willing to go above and beyond by joining an organization while in school, that will give you an advantage and help you stand out from other applicants.
Give Back to the Community
Many student organizations create opportunities for participants to give back to the community.
Community service is another thing that looks great on a resume. Finding the time to give back on your own can be challenging, though.
When you’re part of an organization, the community service opportunities are arranged for you. All you have to do, in many cases, is show up and put in your time.
UHV Organizations That You Can Join Today
At this point, hopefully you’re lconvinced that participating in student organizations is a good choice. However, you might also be wondering what kinds of organizations you should be joining to enjoy the greatest benefits.
There are plenty of awesome organizations out there for you to consider. Here are four of the best options for UHV College of Business Administration students:
1. Business Student Association
UHV’s Business Student Association (BSA) was formed to promote business education. Participants have the opportunity to interact with UHV alumni, as well as local business leaders and professional organizations. The club also allows students to network with other business students.
Membership in the BSA is available to any declared business major within UHV’s College of Business Administration (SBA), as well as UHV business minors.
The club is open to students outside of the SBA, as well as non-UHV-students, faculty, and staff, but these individuals will be considered honorary members. They can attend meetings but cannot hold office, pay dues, or vote.
Those who want to join the BSA can fill out this form here. The club holds meetings monthly via Microsoft Teams.
2. Accounting Club
For business students who have an interest in accounting or finance, UHV’s Accounting Club is another good option to consider.
The Accounting Club is open to any undergraduate and graduate student who is interested in networking with their fellow business students, as well as building connections with members of local accounting organizations and the accounting community as a whole.
Those who are interested in joining can easily sign up by sending an email to BusAdvisor@uhv.edu.
3. International Student Organization
UHV is a diverse university that welcomes students from all over the world. For international students looking to make connections, build friendships, and learn from prominent figures in the community, the International Student Organization (ISO) is an excellent club to get involved with.
The goal of the ISO is to promote cultural diversity while also fostering stronger relationships among students and enriching the UHV campus’s global experience.
ISO is open to all international students. Other UHV students who have an interest in celebrating and learning from students from different cultures can participate as well.
To learn more about the ISO and get in touch with an advisor, click here.
4. National Society of Leadership and Success
UHV’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success was established in the spring of 2012. Since its founding, over 400 members have joined.
The goal of the National Society of Leadership and Success was founded with the mission of building leaders who will help to make the world a better place.
The National Society of Leadership and Success is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Participants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. They must also have completed some kind of previous leadership training.
Members of this group get to attend a variety of additional leadership training sessions and society orientations. They can also network with other students, practice goal-setting, and give back to the community.
Those who want to learn more about the society or how to get involved can click here to visit its website.
Time to Get Engaged
As you can see, there are several incredible student organizations that you can join to foster connections, advance your career, and set yourself up for long-term success.
Do any of these organizations appeal to you? Do you want to learn more about them or how to participate? If so, reach out to an advisor today for more advice.