We have all heard throughout our college career, regardless of how long you have been here, how important it is to get involved on campus and in the community. Not only does getting involved lead to professional relationships and networking opportunities, but it is also a great resume booster. ECU has numerous clubs and associations for students to get involved and I know from experience that most of these clubs don’t just make you look better, but they are actually a lot of fun to be a part of!
The Student Commerce Club is a student philanthropy society open to all undergraduate and graduate business students that is designed to support COB students by enhancing the quality of academic programs, helping business students succeed, and strengthening ties with COB alumni and the business community. The Student Accounting Society (SAS), Financial Management Association (FMA), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), American Marketing Association (AMA), and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are all student organizations open to all majors and I urge everyone to get involved in a least one of these.
How do I get involved?
Personally, I am a member of AMA and I absolutely love it! Last year we had the opportunity to go on an AMA sponsored trip to tour McKinney, a really interesting advertising agency in Durham, NC. In November, I will be going to the Advertising Career Conference in NYC with a group of peers and get the opportunity to meet with professionals from Fortune 500 companies and some of the biggest advertising agencies in New York. Last year we put on a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for AMA by painting glasses for different holidays. At most of our meetings we have free pizza and drinks and we always have a great time at Relay for Life. Like I said, these groups can be very beneficial and a lot of fun!
What else can you do to get involved?
There are also numerous honor societies within the COB, something that obviously looks great on resumes. Some of these include Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha lota Delta, and Mu Kappa Tau. Admittance into these honor societies is based upon academic performance so if you have the grades, I definitely urge you to apply! If you don’t have the best grades, then you have something to work towards. Get those grades up and these societies can really help you out!
Leadership conferences are also great resume boosters. This weekend, ECU is hosting the iLead Conference, a wonderful opportunity for all students. The iLead Conference is a half-day leadership conference exclusively for ECU students that will build leadership capacity through interactive workshops and activities to enhance personal leadership and professional development. The conference will be held on Saturday, September 17th in Mendenhall Student center and the cost of $15 includes lunch, a t-shirt, a professional portfolio, and conference session materials. Keep in mind that most leadership conferences are much longer than a half-day so if you don’t have a lot of time this semester, this could be a great experience for you!
Another leadership opportunity that students can take advantage of is the Emerging Leaders Program. The program will give students the necessary resources to develop their leadership styles, strengths, and talents. In addition to being a lot of fun, this program will help participants become better students through learning where resources are on campus, being more engaged within the campus community, learning better time management, gaining friends, and learning more effective ways to network. Becoming a leader isn’t an easy task; it involves years of practice and interaction with others to find your true leadership style. Applications are due Tuesday, September 20th and the program starts Wednesday, September 21st. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org!