Written by Sarah Higley.
Landing a job after college requires more than just a high GPA or good academic standing, but involves a large group of extracurricular activities that can make or break finding a job after graduation.
Making the most of a major in college requires effort. Most institutions provide students with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs or associations.
“Often, students try to decide a major based on whether they will like the classes or whether the classes are too difficult,” said Susie Robbins, an academic support faculty member. “However, a better idea is to decide a major based on your chosen career. Once a student knows that he or she will enjoy a career, studying that subject, no matter how difficult, becomes enjoyable, too.”
Joining societies in college can help students gain experience related to their chosen career that they cannot get inside the classroom.
BYU-Idaho offers over 80 academic societies and 27 different cultural associations, according to the BYU-I website.
JR Timothy, a recent graduate from BYU-I, was able to combine what he loved into what he was studying.
The founder of Improv Idaho was able to combine his career of Public Relations with his love for comedy.
“Academy of Comedy was my first door I walked through,” he said. “It led me to many other things I found on campus, then in the community.”
Some employers are more interested in a potential employees experience than their grades, according to The Atlantic.
When it comes to hiring a potential employee, 23 percent of employers look to see if potential employees had internship experience, compared to the 8 percent who look at GPA, according to The Atlantic.
“Ninety-four percent of employers, for instance, said they are more likely to consider hiring recent grads who had an internship or apprenticeship with a company or organization,” according to CBS News. “Nearly as many employers said they would also be more inclined to hire a new grad if he/she had completed a senior project that demonstrated research, problem solving and communication skills.”
Students do not necessarily make the most of their major because of what they learn in class. Sometimes the extracurricular activities can be the ones doing the trick.