Extra Curricular Activities can be a help when looking for a job

Employers want candidates with a wide range of transferable skills and experience. Whatever job you are applying for, there are certain skills and experience that the majority of employers are looking for.

These include:

  • Working in a team
  • Time Management
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty
  • Responsibility

An employer may ask you a range of questions to establish your level of skill and experience in these areas. Any gap with regards to actual work experience can be filled with discussion of any extra curricular activities you participated in instead.

What are extra curricular activities?

Extra-curricular activities are generally subjects or classes that you participate in outside of school/college/Uni hours. These activities may include things like:

  • Volunteering
  • Joining the school band
  • Chess /languages or other clubs,
  • The college newspaper
  • Student council.
  • Sports
  • Crafts
  • Choir

Employers Extra Curricular Questions may include:

  • What activities do you do in your spare time?
  • Have you done any voluntary work?
  • What was your proudest moment/achievement?
  • Are you a member of any organizations- which ones?
  • Were you a member of any teams?
  • What positions of responsibility have you have held?
  • What did your duties re the above involve?
  • How do you manage your time?
  • How did you balance study with these extra activities?

What skills/experience can I gain from extra curricular activities?

Confidence building

Participating in extra curricular activities can help build your confidence, raise your self-esteem and give you an increased sense of accomplishment. The environment generally differs from that of school/college in that it is less pressurised and more stress free. The activities will usually involve working with others and building relationships, making friends etc. All of these things encourage personal growth and are confidence building.

Making Friends and Team Building

You will mix with like-minded individuals and share an experience together. Your common interests will enable friendships to develop and flourish. Being a member of a group or team will greatly enhance your ability to function as part of a team and then to demonstrate this later to your future employer.

Improve academic skills

Some of the activities may reinforce existing subjects on the curriculum such as music but take you a step further which the school class cannot accommodate.

Character building

The environment for extra curricular activities is usually quite nurturing and supportive as you are there through choice and not through law or need. Certain subjects may involve challenges and teamwork all of which go towards building your character and making you stronger.

Time management

Balancing study with extra curricular activities is not easy so you will be required to manage your time. Managing these things successfully will put you in a very good position for being able to continue doing this when you are in a work situation. Many work roles involve multi-tasking and having several balls in the air at one go. Your future employer will want to know how and if you can manage that effectively!

Honesty & Responsibility

Extra-curricular activities can consist of some form of management function for a student organisation. i.e.

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Chairman

You might also be active in the management of a student council or of your own faculty.

These roles require a great degree of honesty, integrity and responsibility all of which you can use to impress your future employer!

In conclusion a

A range of extra curricular activities can help you to convince the prospective employer that you are the best candidate and just might raise you above the rest of the competition!