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Asked by KelliMae on September 10, 2017

Are extra-curricular activities in college important to a potential employer?

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on September 13, 2017

I think that they can be in order to show that you're a well-rounded candidate. It's important, though, not to think about getting involved in a plethora of activities just for the sake of doing "something" - employers are much more interested in leadership-type roles, or activities that you are truly passionate about and connect with. Find one or two activities that you truly enjoy and spend time getting deeply involved with them. Then, you'll be able to connect your involvement a lot more than if you were only superficially involved in many different things. -Phil

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on September 13, 2017

Hello and great question! Employers value anything you do in college that can show you took initiative and became an active member of an organization or that activity. If you are involved in these types of extracurricular activities on top of a full school schedule this shows a ton of responsibility, drive, and ambition. I wouldn’t worry about organizations to avoid and seek out groups that interest you and that you can make the most impact in. Being involved in these type of activities and organizations while in college will go a long way in terms of gaining valuable life experience as well as making you more marketable upon graduation. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on February 7, 2018

I think any involvement outside of the classroom is appreciated by potential employers. By being involved in extra-curricular activities, it can show you are a well-rounded student and can juggle multiple priorities. It is important to be an active participant though. As you think about your extra-curricular involvement, quality is more important than quantity. I would be mindful that you aren't joining clubs just to build your resume, but that you are gaining something from your involvement. If an employer asks you about your involvement in a specific group, you should be able to speak to it beyond just saying that you attend monthly meetings.

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