“Achievers, Leaders and Visionaries” Wanted

At Nike, the job description for an entry level marketing position follows:

“The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.”

People who are “achievers, leaders, and visionaries” do not learn these traits through studying. These individuals learn from experience. Nike is not the only company who looks for such qualities. When an employer reviews a resume, they look further than the GPA. Employers are searching for talented and well rounded individuals who resonate with their company’s ideals and beliefs. While academics plays a huge factor in recruiting new employees, elements such as extracurricular activities and community service experiences carry weight as well.

William Lawrence, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Samsung Electronics, agrees with these statements. He says that he looks for “people who are continuing their education as they work, people who are looking to be part of the community, part of the organization.”

The classroom prepares students for their future career path but there is still much more to learn outside of the walls of a lecture hall. Student organizations, networking events, leadership seminars, community service trips—the list can go on and on. When a student engages the community around him, he or she opens themselves up for opportunities to learn important skills like teamwork, leadership, and communication—traits that cannot formally taught. For example, participation in a student organization can develop interpersonal skills and gives one the ability to connect to various people of different backgrounds. In addition, student organizations open opportunities to lead said groups.
A good set of extracurricular activities transitions well into the workplace. Extracurricular and co-curricular activities not only show well-roundedness but proves that a student possesses time management. One is able to balance school, sleep, relationships, as well as a weekly meeting or seminar. By diversifying one’s time and experiences, a student proves that they are ready and willing to contribute to the community around them.

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