Welcome back new and returning students! Another summer is behind us, and another crazy year at BCIT has already begun. Check out Link Magazine’s low-down on campus clubs or visit bcitsa.ca for more information! And don’t miss your chance to meet them all at Clubs Day, September 16th in The Great Hall. With that being said, here are three reasons you should join a club this year to enhance your BCIT experience.
Make New Friends outside Of Your Program/Set
Clubs allow you to meet a diverse group of people from a variety of different programs. In addition, clubs provide a variety of activities ranging from pub events to even travelling to various destinations across the world.
My experience: Joining Enactus BCIT allowed me to meet some people that I never would have met otherwise. Some of these people have become my closest friends, and being in the same club allows us to see each other regularly outside of the classroom.
Joining a club looks great on your resume
There are many clubs that can relate to the career you’re pursuing. Doing something extra-curricular while in a program as intense as the one you are in can speak volumes on your resume. Whether you’re in a business or hobby club, employers love to see what you’re passionate about. As an additional bonus, some clubs even have job boards where employers actively recruit their members for internships or jobs.
My experience: Almost every prospective employer asked me about my extra-curricular activities and hobbies. Being able to tell them about the work I did with the club and experiences I had throughout the year differentiated me from candidates who just had their education experience on their resume.
It’s no secret that BCIT is a very intense environment, and sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming. Coming to a club once a week, or going to events throughout the year allows you to do something to take your mind off of school, while hanging out with people who share your interests.
My Experience: While the club I chose to join involved a lot of volunteer work, I was able to find it relaxing. It was easy for me to make the time for something I was passionate about. As a bonus, I was able to use the skills I was learning in the classroom in a real-world setting.
Is joining a club right for me?
There are many clubs on campus for you to join, so ask around and see what the best fit for you is. There is no right or wrong time to join a club, so don’t worry if you feel like you’ve missed the boat! If I could say one last thing about joining a club it would be this:
BCIT has a reputation for being challenging and very time-consuming (faculty and grizzled second-year students will commonly tell you to “say goodbye to your family and friends for the next couple of years”). For many of us, that’s the reason we came here; to meet new people, and to be challenged while learning practical skills to start our careers. This is the same reason why I initially decided to join a club on campus. I never knew that decision would lead to an unbelievable time while at BCIT, with experiences that I will remember forever.