In the Career Ahead award it asks you to participate in and reflect on extracurricular activities. They are important. Not just as part of student life but going forward. So… this is my huge list of why you should partake in them.
- Getting out and trying new things is good for you, even if you decide that a particular activity isn’t for you!
- Meet people and networking. You never know what sort of interesting people you might meet: a new friend, someone who you may end up working with, a date for your house mate
- Self-development, you are showing people that you spend time on yourself – you’re independent, you’re willing to learn and you’re open minded
- Developing employable attributes and strengths like leadership, self-motivation and perseverance
- Evidence for your attributes and strengths that can be used on a CV or interview situations that will be different and more interesting to those who don’t do extracurricular activities
- They can generate great anecdotes for social occasions or can be used in presentations and interviews
- Gain more knowledge, you never know when it might come in useful – even if it is in a pub quiz
- Keep fit/active with sports and learn key-skills like team work
- A change from day to day life
- See the world, travel
- Getting creative, help your mind develop new ways of thinking
- Improve yourself, if you can already do something do it better – like a different style of cuisine or become more proficient at a language
- An outlet for stress
- Keep your brain sharp – metal agility keeps you young
- Campaign and have your say with political and action groups
- Get the feel-good-factor by raising money for a charity/charities you feel passionate about
- Getting to know people in your community and local neighbourhood
- Volunteer – it’ll make you feel great about yourself and the things that can be achieved
- Right, here is my favourite reason to do Extracurricular Activities… This is a reasonably old picture of Sergey Brine and Larry Page, who are two guys that meet at university because one of them was a Student Ambassador. They went on to found Google.
Written by Sarah Burrough, available for all your guest blogging needs!