THE end is nigh for the majority of final year students, with many leaving Swansea with a flurry of exams, catch -ups and nights out.
They are entering the big bad world and the inescapable rush for full time employment, writes James Langridge.
Whilst many of you will have worked in part-time jobs, done some work experience, or for the lucky few, completed an internship, why not distinguish your CV in this increasingly competitive climate
with a mention of your involvement with societies?
For anyone who has sat on the committee of a society, this is a simple task. Due to the skills and qualities each position entails, you will have picked up a range of qualities that would differentiate you in the job market.
For example, a secretary would be a great at any form of secretarial work, a treasurer could potentially have a finance related role (if they’re feeling brave!) and a social secretary would be an ideal candidate for any role involving events coordination.
However, even if you do not sit on a committee, you could still state an involvement with a society to enhance your CV.
For subject societies, this is a pretty straightforward task. Two simple examples include: “I am a memberof the History Society; therefore I am passionate about the discipline” and “I attend Law
Society networking events, I am dedicated to furthering my future employability”.
If you do not just attend strictly subject societies then have no fear, as they can still help your CV to ensure that you present the best you to any future employer.
For example, being an active member of any society will have involved you using some of the soft skills, defined as “a term relating to a collection of personal, positive attributes and competencies that enhance your relationships, job performance, and value to the market”.
Strong Work Ethic – you’re interested in the society, you propose changes at an AGM, you are passionate and believe in a positive contribution for the society’s advancement. This means that you are dedicated, passionate and hardworking towards the society as you are actively engaged.
Positive Attitude – Everyone has been to an event where it just has not worked or there was a significant delay to the start. Managing not to be a pessimist and overcoming these difficulties with a positive demeanour highlight how you have a good attitude and do not end up in a bad mood when a difficulty out of your hands arises.
Good Communication Skills – Most people joining a society by themselves or with a small group of friends are instantly greeted with a vast number of faces. As a means of integrating and ensuring the best possible experience, good communication skills are essential.
Time Management Abilities – Employers will relish in the fact that you have an ability to work to a high standard whilst organising your time effectively to deliver the best possible student experience.
Self-Confidence – Engaging with societies and its members highlight a growth in personal development.Many people cite societies as developing their self-confidence and strong sense of self.
Working well under pressure – Whilst attending society events is not a career, it certainly presents the some pressures. For example, as a new member you might set yourself the aim of trying to speak to as a many people as possible.
So, open your CV on the computer. If you think you have the potential to improve upon it and make yourself stand out in the job market, consider adding what you learned and achieved through being an active member of a society.