University is an exciting time for most. Meeting new people, adjusting to living at campus, dealing with life on a limited budget – just a few of the things that confront a college or university student.

The CV and resume writing team at King of CV present an articles series that outlines how you can make the most of these years, that is, what you can do right now to succeed down the track in about 3 years time. You’ll probably be getting conflicting advice from one person to another, each person encouraging you what papers to take, and what papers not to take, as well as what jobs to apply for, and what employers are looking for.

In this article, we’re talking about joining clubs and widening your interests.

Universities usually offer a wide variety of clubs. Some examples include language clubs, travel clubs, sport clubs (skiing, rugby, cricket), adventure (diving), and so on. There are also academic clubs, for instance the Management Consulting Club and numerous debating societies.

Clubs are a great experience for a number of reasons. First, they allow you to interact with a wide range of new people. Many of these will turn out to be future contacts that can help you in your career. They will go on to be people who know someone, who know someone, who want your skill set.

Second, they will allow you to learn new skills. Debating, speaking another language, preparing reports, survival skills – all of these can be learnt through joining clubs. And because they are for students, you’ll usually be able to take up student discounts the club has already organised – meaning you can afford to do a lot of great activities at a fraction of the cost.

Third, you’ll be exposed to a wider range of experiences. When it comes to finding a job, an employer is looking for not just someone who can do the job, but also someone they like working with. I know it can be tough to take in, but just about everyone you are studying with now will have the same degree or diploma as you do. And in one way another, they may well have a similar part time job. So what’s a great way to stand out? Imagine you’re interviewing for a position. But unlike the other top candidate at present, you’re able to spark up a 10 minute conversation about your love for diving with an employer who also loves diving as well. And no it doesn’t have to be just diving, it can be anything. Cooking, snow sports, debating, travel, another language, business, cricket, etc. These are just a few quick examples.

So remember – use clubs to widen in your interests and exposure to different types of activities. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this pays for itself in just a couple of years. And of course, how much fun you’ll have.

In our next articles we’ll go over more tips for students to make the most of these years.