Let’s talk about leadership: a quality that is not stressed enough to college students. When you leave North Carolina State University, you will be graduating with students from similar majors or concentrations. If this is the case, what make you unique? With job competition increasing every year, students must set themselves apart from their peers and get noticed by employers and recruiters. Getting that perfect GPA will not automatically result in a job or successful career. Ask yourself, “What will make me a stronger candidate out of college?” The answer to this question is leadership!
In the years that you spend with the Wolfpack family, make sure you get involved with something. It can be a club, honor society, professional organizations, Greek life, sports, or dance teams. Follow your passions and gain experiences that could potentially be utilized during a job interview. You can use unique experiences to gain common ground with your interviewer, or draw upon what you learned from these experiences to help answer tough interview questions! N.C. State has a variety of clubs/organizations that students can participate in, ranging from professional business fraternities like Alpha Kappa Psi to the Skateboard and Ski Club. Organizations such as the Accounting Society, Supply Chain Club, or American Institute of Chemical Engineers could also prove to be beneficial in terms of networking because you will get the chance to interact with working professionals and gain access to job opportunities.
In addition to simply getting involved, try to attain leadership roles and really immerse yourself in the club. Adding a leadership role will definitely give you a competitive advantage when looking for jobs. A little known fact for N.C. State students: Many employers would rather hire a student with a 3.2 GPA and leadership experience than a student with a 4.0 and no leadership experience, because the 3.2-student could effectively lead and manage others in a professional setting.
Leadership roles allow students to hone their communication and public speaking skills for the future. Students learn to manage members of their organization and build ways to effectively communicate with one another, similar to what businesses do on a daily basis in the work environment. These skills are also transferable to personal life as students are able to apply their leadership experiences to academic life. Becoming more involved on campus or in the local community opens more doors and strengthens your professional network as you continue to move up towards bigger things in life.