5 ways your extra-curriculars can help you get a job
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As a teenager, I was a dancer. I danced all year round and doubled up in the autumn, swimming on my school’s swim team. I did my mandatory volunteer service at the local library, shelving books and participating in the early childhood literacy programs. I was a lifeguard during the summers and volunteered with a local HIV/AIDS prevention programme for youth. Then I decided to study journalism, and while all of my extracurricular activities were valuable and character shaping activities, they had nothing to do with my chosen course of study. If I had been on the debate team or school paper, it would have been simple to draw correlations between my activities and their relevance to my studies. Unfortunately, the things I loved to do with my spare time were very different from what I found professionally fulfilling. While applying for grants, scholarships, and internships, I was faced with the dilemma of trying to translate my seemingly unrelated experience to my chosen profession. So, what do you do when your passion and your profession don’t align in an obvious way? Here are five tips to translating your extracurricular activities into relevant experiences. All of your volunteer work and activities are relevant. Each one of them has contributed to your character, technical ability, social skills and mental dexterity. Don’t omit or discount any of your pet projects or volunteer work simply because you can’t see how they relate to your subject of study.
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