Succeeding to achieve the ultimate dream job requires more than earning a degree. Granted, getting a quality education is the first step to attaining that coveted career, but what most institutions won’t tell you, is that there is even more to do while you’re in school working hard passing one course at a time, building those graduation credits.
In order to do everything possible to make one’s certificate and/or degree work to one’s advantage, students need to involve themselves in a club or organization.
The whole purpose of getting an education is to get a better paying job—hopefully one that is enjoyable. However, it is worth mentioning that often, it takes more than just submitting an application for employment. A person can have the most impressive resume and still get overlooked by someone who may have a better relationship with the employer or someone associated with the employer and his or her company. This person may not even be as qualified as you. The end result is that employers are looking for employees whom they can trust. So most—not all, but most hiring is conducted on an unofficial referral basis. Some may refer to it as networking.
How to Network
Merriam’s Dictionary refers to networking as “the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” Now networking does not guarantee employment, but it will certainly have the ability to strengthen business relationships that can ultimately improve one’s work reliability, integrity, and ultimately the business at hand.
Some of the ways one can begin to network is by joining a club or organization. It is especially recommended to associate with one as a student. This may seem overwhelming, as the demands of academic work will most likely take front and center of daily tasks and priorities. Yet, it is worth mentioning that the benefits of joining a club far outweighs the additional few hours a week that it will tack on to one’s existing schedule.
Benefits to Joining a Club
Associating one’s self with an organization certainly has its benefits. For it is more than just landing a job from a referral. Students can gain knowledge and experience that a classroom may not always be able to teach. By involving oneself with a club or organization, personal and business relationships are built.
Successful graduates have been known to start their own business by employing people whom they have already established a trusting relationship with—someone whose professional skills they are confident in to the point that they are willing to invest a salary on them! These people usually acquire these candidates from networking!
To get started, here are some of the clubs and organizations that Florida National University (FNU) offers their students:
- Florida National University Student Government Association
Students don’t necessarily need to be interested in politics to get involved with the FNU Student Government Association. The SGA serves as a liaison between the student body and the FNU administration. In addition to holding tiles like president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, there are also other positions and departments within the organizations where students can contribute on a public relations level. The SGA is heavily involved with organizing student activities, fundraisers, parties, picnics, and other on and off campus events.
Student organizations don’t usually require any annual dues.
- Clubs that are in Your Field of Study
In most colleges and universities, each academic area has a club designed specifically for that area of interest. At the very least, it is recommended for students to consult their academic advisor about any clubs or organizations in one’s area of academic concentration.
For instance, students seeking a certificate and/or degree in criminal justice might want to consider joining the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Being a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma will not only make one’s resume look attractive, but they will have the opportunity to obtain resourceful information that will help them develop their professional career in criminal justice.
- Chamber of Commerce
In every town, there is a local Chamber of Commerce. Every Chamber of Commerce chapter embodies the definition of networking. This organization’s goal is to further the interest of other businesses. What this means is that most businesses worth their salt will involve themselves in their local Chamber of Commerce. Entrepreneurs and small businesses have also been known to join their local area Chamber.
Because the Chamber of Commerce operates on such a huge level, a generous amount of annual dues are collected from each member and/or organization. The dollar amount of dues members have to pay usually depends on how big their company is.
Other Clubs and Organizations
There are other social clubs that are specifically labeled for certain genders and/or ethnic backgrounds as well as those with a focus on hobby interests. These types of clubs and organizations may be found on or off campus. Some of them may be for profit or non-for-profit. This usually determines whether or not members will pay annual dues.
Ironically, most of these clubs and organizations can be discovered by networking, but like almost anything these days, they can also be found on the Internet.
FNU: The Ultimate Organization to Join!
Some clubs don’t require a college education to join. Some do. At any rate, becoming an FNU student is the first step to becoming part of a notable and trustworthy organization that you can be proud to put on your resume.
There is much to do when beginning a college career so it’s always helpful to start the enrollment process as soon as possible. Consult with your counselor to begin the process and remember to ask about any clubs or organizations that our university may offer in your area of interest. Apply to FNU today to secure your education and improve your future.