Getting involved around campus is one of the easiest and best ways to develop your leadership skills. There are hundreds of organizations, clubs, and more that allow you to take on an important role. Leadership development is critical while you are in college because its stands out when applying for a job at any company. One of the biggest concerns employers have when hiring a new employee is whether or not they will have to hold your hand. It’s one thing to have the credentials for a job, but having leadership skills is what’s going to set you apart from the other candidates.
Along with being a great resume builder, leadership experience will give you plenty totalk about during an interview. Employers always ask questions like “name a time you faced a challenge and how you were able to overcome that challenge.” You will be able to answer these types of questions with ease.
Here are some ways you can develop leadership skills while in college:
Run for a position within your organization or club
Whether you are in a fraternity, sorority, student government, on a sports team, or the quidditch club, you should take on a leadership role. Join as many clubs or organizations as you would like, but try to join at least 1 related to your major. If you can’t find an organization you like, start your own!
Be a Residential Adviser
Although this may not be the ideal way to gain leadership experience, it is a great way to save money and help a ton of freshman survive their first year of college.
Be a Freshman Orientation Leader
Being a freshman orientation leader is a great resume builder, and it only lasts for a few days so it’s not any big commitment.
Give Campus Tours
This is a great way to make some extra cash, exercise, and leadership points.
Talk to your Professors or Upperclassmen
See if your professor will help you conduct research for your major. Professors are more than willing to help you succeed, and research is a great way to gain leadership experience. Upperclassmen have been in your footsteps, so they will be able to provide you with guidance on ways to get ahead of your peers.
Take a Leadership Class
Many universities offer leadership programs, so a leadership 101 class will be a great way to get you on the right path.
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