UniSA clubs and societies serve to unite people with common cultural or political interests, or who are studying similar things.
The experience of studying at the University of South Australia (UniSA) is a fruitful one filled with an abundance of exclusive qualities, but to truly gain the most out of your time, and grow as an individual, engagement with the various clubs and societies active in the university is the way to go. In my short time at UniSA I can already serve as a testament to the unique benefits and opportunities that the clubs provide.
Let me begin with a brief overview of my experiences with the UniSA clubs and societies, which should shed light on just how valuable they are. As a first-year Commerce (Accounting) student, I haven’t had as much time as my peers to fully exploit all the opportunities that exist, however, I have certainly made an effort to be engaged in my short time. Since the commencement of my studies, I have had the pleasure of being involved with multiple clubs, including being an Executive Member for ‘OXFAM on Campus’, being an actively participating member (and hopefully future Executive Member) for ‘The Bright Futures Society’, and a member of a whole host of other clubs, such as ‘Enactus’ and ‘Community Connect’. I feel like my experiences have made me somewhat qualified to discuss the benefits of participating in club life at UniSA. Throughout these experiences, I’ve come to appreciate the value that clubs provide to both me as a student and to the university’s positive culture.
These experiences have undoubtedly allowed me to grow in a variety of ways, and have equipped me with the skills to tackle any challenge in the future. Take for example my time with ‘OXFAM on Campus’. As someone who went straight from high school, where I had few major responsibilities, to university, where I was suddenly an Executive Member of a new and growing club, I had to learn how to cope quickly. As a mainly fundraising and campaigning club, my role as a Support Officer entailed being a part of the organisation, management, and execution of multiple events. In this position, I have developed an abundance of soft skills that you just can’t learn in a classroom, including coordination, foresight, communication, and teamwork. Also, while I am a domestic student, I view club engagement as the most efficient way of developing English skills for international students, due to the necessity of effective communication.
Personally, I think that the people you meet are the greatest reasons for engaging in clubs, for two reasons. Firstly, clubs are a great way to develop and maintain great friendships, especially if you are new to the university or the city. Thanks to the fact that each club has unique objectives or purposes, you can be certain that fellow members will have plenty in common with you. However, friendships aren’t the only reason students build relationships through clubs; the second reason is that they also provide an easy method of making focused career contacts.
At clubs such as ‘The Bright Futures Society’, there is an abundance of opportunities to gain contacts which may turn out to be your future employers. Such opportunities are, in my experience, by far the easiest way to obtain access to industry professionals, whether it be a networking event, panel event, or training session. Getting involved in career oriented clubs allows you to build relationships that will help you prosper for a lifetime, and will put you a step ahead in the hunt for your job.
Clubs not only act as a medium to build relationships with industry professionals but can also be the way you get your dream job. Take a recent experience of mine for example, I volunteered to help organise and manage “The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expo 2016” through ‘The Bright Futures Society’, and from that I have been given part-time work, the opportunity to volunteer at more events (one of which involved me spending a week in Indonesia), and have built invaluable professional relationships on top of that.
If you’re engaged and willing, an opportunity to get ahead awaits you at every event, at every club. So, if you’re looking for a way of bridging the gap between university and your career so that you don’t need to spend a year looking for a job, take my advice, look no further than career oriented clubs.
In closing, if you’re looking to get involved, clubs and societies provide a unique and fruitful experience. Whether you join because your focus is your passion, finding community, or developing yourself, chances for growth are there. Finding and joining your future club is easy, I’d recommend starting by heading to this link here, where you can see all the clubs UniSA offers. Or perhaps if you’re up to the task of starting a club up from scratch yourself, consider looking at this link here, which covers information on how to run a club.