5 Career Benefits of Getting Involved


This week is Involvement Week at Mizzou. Getting involved is uniquely “virtual” this semester, but there are still so many opportunities for you to work towards your career goals through engagement this semester. Here’s what getting involved can do for you:

Marketable Skills

The groups and organizations you are involved in more closely resemble most future workplaces than anything else you do in college. When employers are reviewing candidates for a position, the three most desired traits are leadership, teamwork, and communication and interpersonal skills. (Find the full list of the top ten most desired attributes here: https://career.missouri.edu/resumes-interviews/desired-attributes/.) Not only does your student involvement give you opportunities to develop these skills, but your experiences will provide examples that you can use in interviews to show employers how and where you have used these skills.

Tangible Experiences

On your resume, facts and figures can speak louder than titles. Student involvement provides many opportunities for you to create tangible outcomes within an organization while working with others. These real-life experiences written in numbers and specific results from your efforts in student involvement can showcase your potential to employers.

Networking Opportunities

When you join a student organization, you are likely to meet students, faculty, and/or community members who share similar interests and goals. This is a great way to effortlessly find out about future opportunities like summer internships that are more than likely right up your alley.

Career Exploration

Finding your ideal career is about more than your area of study. In your student involvement experiences, you will inevitably find yourself in a variety of roles. This is a great way to explore your strengths and where you fit in well within a team. You are also able to explore interests that can be tied into future careers for you.

Get Involved in Your Community

Student involvement is a great way for you to find service-learning opportunities and even improve the community around you. Community engagement provides very valuable experiences to speak to future employers about. This type of involvement can also be an effective way to network with potential employers.

Getting involved can look like so many things! As you find your path here at Mizzou, keep these career benefits in mind. Try something new, run for a leadership position, or find ways to make a difference where you are already involved. Be sure to check out the many virtual involvement events this semester!