The Importance of Involvement

Posted on June 20th, 2012 in Tips and Secrets by John Jensen


One of the most common misconceptions about college is that it is all about getting a 4.0.  Students are told that employers are going to be looking at their GPA and students with a 4.0 have a higher advantage over a student with a 3.0.  The part that those individuals leave out is that they assume the student with the 4.0 and the 3.0 were equally involved.

Employers look at a couple of things when reviewing a potential employee.  Employers will look at past work experience, they will look at how well you did in school, but they will also look very closely at the things that you were involved in while attending college. Those involvements are your demonstration of things you know. The organizations that you were involved in and the leadership roles you took on in those organizations can outweigh what our GPA was in college.  Now, in no way am I saying that it is not important to keep your grades up.  What I am saying is, learning to balance getting good grades and being involved is much more important than just focusing on your GPA.  A student who maintained a 3.2 GPA and was involved with organizations and held leadership positions will likely get a stronger look than the student who received a 4.0 and did nothing outside of class.

Being involved in student organizations teaches interpersonal communication skills, leadership skills, managerial skills, and builds experience.  Employers are looking for individuals who know how to work in a team, and being involved in a student organization will help show that you have that imperative skill.  My challenge to you is to find at least one student organization that you want to be involved in.  Get involved with it, take on a leadership position, and perfect your resume to help give yourself an advantage.  Prioritize your work in the classroom, but get involved and apply what you’ve learned.

Until Next Time,

John Jensen

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