Saturday, October 4, 2008

College Students with 2 majors and 4 minors, WHY??

When leading college Student Government Leadership programs I like to ask the students what else they are involved in. I am always amazed by how many of them have 2 or more majors and many have 2 or more minors, WHY?

I ask them why they are doing all this work, then they go into the list of all the clubs they are also a part of and many of them also work. Why? the answer usually is "It will look good on my resume." I feel that the strive for excellence and the impressive resume have not been fully understood by these students and their parents.

As mentioned in the clipped post below many of these college students cannot attend these training and meeting on time if at all. Most of them cannot keep their eyes open, and they are over stressed. Their addition to the team is negative.

The necessity to have an overwhelming amount of stuff on your resume while not having the ability to point to success - this is not what employers are looking for.

Results - college students who wish to further their careers and college student leadership limit you college resume to one or two groups and put your attention to school work and actually getting team leadership and skills out of the programs and groups you are involved in.
"When you focus on building a resume, you lose sight of your goals. You stop doing what you want to do, and you start doing what you think is best for your career. But what’s best for your career is finding something that you truly love. If you continue down the path of trying to get the next promotion, you’ll end up with a powerful position in a job that you hate. To be honest, I’ve seen this the most among college students. You’ll see someone who lists 14 different groups they’re involved in, but if you ask them how they improved an organization or what they learned from one, they’ve got nothing to say."

Michael Cardus serves as an Adventure Consultant for Create-Learning Team Building. Mike facilitates, trains, and speaks to groups in a variety of settings including Fortune 500 Companies, small business, universities and classrooms. Currently he lives in Buffalo NY, he travels to serve your groups needs - where and when your group desires.