How do clubs and organizations make you stand out as a candidate in the job market?
By Esteban Medrano, Management Intern of Relations with Student Organizations and Coalitions.
When I started my ASU Sun Devil Journey, I wanted to find a home away from home. Fortunately, I was able to do this through clubs and organizations. What I soon found out was that my involvement and leadership in student organizations would set me up to be a competitive candidate for future positions I would apply to.
Student organizations are a great way to connect with those who have common interests, as well as help you discover if you are truly interested in something. For example, I joined a pre-veterinarian club and quickly found that it was not something I was passionate about. This led me to explore pre-medical student organizations and find that they were a good fit was for me.
During my time as a student, I joined multiple student organizations focusing on everything from professional development to service and social activities like Greek life. Through these organizations, I have been able to network and build experiences that connected me to opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. For example, after joining my service/social fraternity Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., I connected with several alumni in health-related professions. This allowed me to conduct informational interviews and helped solidify my long term career trajectory. Eventually, after becoming President of Omega Delta Phi, I was able to professionally collaborate with El Concilio to plan Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and activities.
The Health Occupations Students Association, another organization I was involved in, allowed me to broaden my network of medical professionals by attending panels and asking questions related to the industry and their role. The experiences gained from being a part of this organization helped me to refine my career goals further.
Some experts say that 70 percent of people ended up in their current position as a result of networking. Increasing your knowledge base and connecting with people in industries of interest can enhance your chance of attaining a future position. Each organization I joined had a specific purpose for my development - either focused on expanding my network or enhancing my qualifications for a career in medicine. The experiences and networking opportunities provided by the student organizations I was involved with helped to define my career path and have made me more competitive when applying for internships and jobs.