Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Club Involvement Can Boost Career Acceleration

Every student at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has an end goal in mind — to land a great job! How do students set out to do this? By attending classes and studying to pass tests and get good grades. However, it is a common misunderstanding that good grades are all you need to obtain that great career.

Students need opportunities to apply classroom learning in a very real and practical way. Employers want to see how students developed a skill, not only that you heard about it in a class or read it in a textbook. While group projects are assigned by professors seeking to help students apply learning, they are limited in what they can do.

Student organizations and clubs have been created as a means to grant practical opportunities to apply learning. Clubs have been implemented to support students in their career acceleration efforts. As stated in The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business’ purpose, clubs are there “to be a career accelerator for our students and an engine of growth for our communities, the state, the nation and the world.”

How is career acceleration measured? By counting the number of club members that have job offers upon graduation. Career acceleration is not achieved unless every club member has a job offer, which they are willing to accept, when they graduate. Currently we are able to place all members who are highly involved so, we need to get more members highly involved and pass on the benefits to the members with time constraints.

Student organizations present many opportunities for career acceleration so students, take advantage of all that you can. Join multiple organizations. Attend club meetings and find the club that has a purpose aligned with your desires and needs. Doing so will increase your chances of being hired. 

Find out more about your clubs and student organizations here:  http://myhuntsman.usu.edu/htm/student-experiences/clubs.

We are here to support career acceleration!

— George Johnson
Lean Leaders Club 

The Lean Leaders Club is an organization that is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to become future employees for operational excellence.