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Asked by Karah on September 21, 2017

Employers feel that college isn't preparing students for employment. Involvement in what types of clubs/organizations/activities would indicate to them that students are ready for a real word job?

Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on September 26, 2017

Hi,
Remember there is no absolute answer, but I would say that it is not as important what club, organization, or activity you choose, but rather what did you do while in the organization. Pick an organization that interests you, supports a cause important to you, or supports your community. Simply being a member is good, but being an active participant and/or in a leadership role is most beneficial for you as well as the organization. Employers look for someone who will roll us their sleeves and make a difference whether it is in their field of study or giving back to society.
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Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on October 2, 2017

In order to be prepared for a real world job you need to actually work in the real world. During your academic studies this is accomplished by an internship or co-op in your field. Participation in clubs and organizations on campus is great to show your involvement and potentially leadership ability, however it will not replace practical on the job experience if that is what the company you want to be hired at is looking for. I suggest speaking with your career services office and the finding out what types of internships/co-ops are available for your major and career aspirations.

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

College courses help in preparing students as much as they can for the real world and being involved in organizations can add to that but at the end of the day it is important to gain on the job experience where you can. This can be achieved through internships or part time jobs that are related to your field of study during college. It would be beneficial to begin searching for opportunities such as these as early as you can in order to differentiate yourself in the job market. Networking with professors and taking leadership roles in certain clubs/organizations will also help you gain valuable experience that can be translated into real life scenarios in the future. I hope this helps and best of luck!

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