Who says joining a student org is all fun and games?
…Okay, it’s also fun and games. But did you know that besides meeting new people to hang out with after class, participating in a student organization can also mean you’re being prepared for even bigger leadership roles in the near future?
Might sound hard to believe, but it’s true! Check out these 5 skills that you can be practicing as early as now because of the org you’re in:
Most active student org officers or members have gone through at least a couple of stressful situations during the school year, namely: last minute guest speaker cancellations, small audience turnouts, and an unforeseen lack or malfunction of equipment for a program (sighs!).
But little did you know that it’s the situations like these that prepare you for similar conflicts or disappointments that you would have to handle professionally in the workplace. While there are tons of challenges that come with being a student, there’s a different kind of crazy that comes with representing an entire group that’s been around for long and has maintained a good reputation.
Plus, being surrounded by people who don’t give up easily no matter what the circumstance is pretty contagious and you’ll eventually find yourself having the same mindset and resilience.
Not every organization generates a steady flow of funding for their projects, so it’s likely that your team often plans for fundraising events that call for some serious creativity. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Resourcefulness is not a means of coping with deprivation; it can be a virtue that opens the door to greater accomplishment.”
Say what? To put it simply, it means that if you have the skill of being able to work well even under less ideal situations and with fewer resources, you’re bound to achieve greater things because of the way you think outside the box.
Growing your network
Gaining new, like-minded friends is usually one of the main reasons why students join an organization in the first place. But, as mentioned earlier, this skill of making friends (especially with fellow student leaders) actually has more perks than simply having new buddies to add on Facebook.
Chances are that later on, these friends might even continue your/their org’s advocacy by starting their own project or business. Who knows? You may be invited to their events as resource speaker (or vice versa) and even work on more ventures together. The possibilities are endless!
Plus, after all those years of making events and meetings happen, you already have fair judgment on who’s great to team-up with and who isn’t.
This is probably a no-brainer, but student organizations really do serve as a good training ground to test how good your leadership skills are. With members who have all sorts of priorities going on, it takes quite a lot of effort to prove how the commitment will be worth it and why your cause matters. In the end, being able to keep everything intact in spite of numerous challenges is one of the most fulfilling things that you can experience from leading your organization well.
Sidenote: Student leaders also have a higher chance of attending various seminars and conferences on behalf of their organization, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to lead if you can!
Creativity and branding
No matter how corny it can get sometimes, synchronizing your profile pictures and sharing social media posts for event promotions are practices that say a lot about how far you’re willing to go in giving your group a boost.
With most companies and institutions sharing their own announcements on Facebook nowadays, it isn’t unlikely that this kind of promotional trend will go out of style anytime soon, so share away as early as now for good practice! Also, if you’re in charge of making publicity materials or planning creative photoshoots, these are skills you might want to consider putting in your resume …just in case.
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