Written by Jess Lloyd - 10 September 2018
Making like-minded friends at university can be a struggle. In between the back-to-back lectures, and the drinking games there is a lack of time left to build solid friendships.
The best way to make friends who share your interests, have fun and gain invaluable experience is to join a society.
This way you will spend time with people who share your interests, and avoid the awkward small talk. Not only will this enable you to meet like-minded people, but being part of a society can also make you more attractive to future employers.
Being part of a university society is not only a great way to make friends, it will also give your CV a welcome boost. Whether it is being the social secretary of Dance Society, or the Chair of Debate Club, having a position of accountability makes you more employable by showing that you have leadership and organisational skills, which will help you stand out from the crowd. Forget worrying about securing summer internships while you are balancing studying and down time. Make the most of your social life at university and gain skills while you are having fun.
According to CMI 21st Century Leaders research, 65% of employers think graduates lack the interpersonal skills to manage people. While you may not think that organising a night of outrageous fancy dress and downing pints translates directly into a job interview, it does prove that you are able organise a group of people, time keep and are committed.
Employers are increasingly interested in soft skills such as the ability to work with a wide variety of people and the ability to prioritise. Helping to run a society provides you with these skills which you can demonstrate in an interview.
If you want to take your skills to the next level, then make an effort to participate in activities that are will allow you to be one step closer to your career aspirations. For example, if you want to pursue a career in journalism, writing for the university newspaper would give you a chance to create a portfolio of work, and build a network.
Finally, always remember that your main focus of university should be your studies, closely followed by allowing for time go a little wild. However, you should always search for ways to make yourself more employable while doing things that you love. You are going to graduate with £32,000 debt, so make your time at university pay for itself!
Northerner in London. Dog lover. Beyoncé super-fan. Univeristy of Hull class of 2016. PR and Campaigns Executive @cmi_managers