By Mitchell Friedman, Associate Dean of Career Development and Student Affairs
Opportunities abound for Presidio Graduate School students to participate in clubs, which typically sponsor educational programs and social events during residencies. Whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship, clean technology, green building, marketing, water, or a range of other issues, there’s a group of like-minded students ready and willing to support your personal exploration of these areas with an eye towards identifying relevant workplace experiences as well as longer-term career possibilities. Such involvement offers various tangible benefits, yet they pale by comparison to those available to students who step forward to assume leadership positions with one or more groups.
Here are 12 benefits you’ll experience by stepping forward to serve as leader in a Presidio club:
1. Connections with a wide range of fellow students and alumni at Presidio who are interested in similar issues.
2. A personal commitment to explore relevant issues in substantive and meaningful ways, outside the confines of classroom and residencies.
3. An opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in a particular professional field or area of practice as they intersect with your classroom experiences.
4. The opportunity to build deep and lasting relationships with working professionals in this field.
5. The opportunity to build deeper relationships with fellow student leaders representing a range of clubs and activities.
6. Numerous occasions to cultivate skills in budgeting, facilitation, public speaking, marketing and promotion, event planning, team building, conflict management, and the recruitment and development of future student leaders, among others.
7. The opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom related to leadership and systems thinking, among other subjects, in a real-world setting.
8. An invitation to build deeper relationships with faculty, including (but not limited to) working closely with a faculty adviser.
9. An invitation to build deeper relationships with staff, including (but not limited to) working closely with me.
10. The opportunity to establish a reputation as thought leader among fellow students in a particular area.
11. The potential for demonstrating to employers the breadth and depth of commitment to field.
12. The ability to demonstrate to employers relevant skills and industry knowledge/insight as germane to a particular field.
Interested in exploring leadership opportunities with a Presidio club? Contact an existing leader through to discuss your interests and to see how you can help. I also encourage you to contact me to determine how your career and job-related goals can be served by gaining leadership experience in a club while a student at Presidio Graduate School.