Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Great question! I don’t know that I would say that any co-curricular activities outrank or are better than others, but simply that one should be engaged outside of academia in some way. Recruiters are often looking to see that a student has had some kind of experience outside of the classroom – whether that be a part time job, sports, student groups, internships, and the list goes on. As Recruiters, we’re aware that not every student can do everything. Some students have more time to join student groups and participate in internships while some others have a responsibility to work to support themselves. With that, I would encourage any student to be as involved as their situation allows. As listed above, I believe that part time jobs, student group involvement, sports, internships, and fraternity/sorority work are all great options, but certainly not an exhaustive list. As an additional layer, Recruiters are always looking for advanced involvement in the form of leadership in any of the previous as well!