Go Above and Beyond
Beyond internships, student jobs, and research experience, there are many ways to get involved outside of your classes at UCSB. If you are looking to get more involved at UCSB or in the local community while also building your skills and network for future internships and jobs, extracurriculars are a great place to start.
Options range from joining a student org, to gaining leadership experience, to becoming a volunteer, to studying abroad, to learning through certificates and additional trainings. Extracurriculars can provide a strong start for exploring a career path, or they can complement or supplement the career path that you are already on.
Read more below to better understand the value of extracurriculars and how to find them.
Join Campus Organizations
Finding Organizations on Shoreline
You may be surprised to learn that many extracurricular activities, such as involvement with campus organizations, are highly valued by employers.
Campus organizations typically offer opportunities to host guest lectures, plan events, market a service, assist with finances, and more -- all which relate to aspects of professional work. You can also move into leadership roles within campus organizations to develop new leadership skills.
Wherever your interests lie, UCSB has a campus organization for you. Organizations range from pre-professional societies, student government, cultural organizations, Greek life, and sports, providing the perfect way to get involved, build skills, and learn to lead.
For more information and a directory of over 500 registered campus organizations at UCSB, visit the Office of Student Life website and login to Shoreline, UCSB’s virtual platform to connect with campus organizations.
Some campus organizations are affiliated with larger professional associations. Getting involved with professional associations, whether on-campus or through local chapters of national organizations, can be extremely helpful for gaining experience, learning more about your field, and networking for internships and full-time positions. To find associations, review our Career Paths pages as well as the California Career Cafe database, or try a simple Google search.
Developing Skills Overseas
Studying abroad is a fabulous experience for passionate travelers, but did you know that it also develops attractive skills for prospective employers?
Experience studying abroad demonstrates that you can handle new situations, environments, and challenges, and that you have a global perspective to offer within any workplace. Additionally, you may get exposed to new career possibilities and present opportunities to explore fields of work that are not as attainable in the United States.
Here are some common skills that studying abroad typically offers:
- Critical thinking
- Intercultural communication
- Foreign language abilities
- Familiarity with international business practices and customs
After you study abroad, talk about your travels while applying for internships or jobs. Abroad experiences are valuable to many employers, so be sure to market them in your resume, cover letter, and interview.
Maximizing Your Study Abroad Experience
While you are abroad, take advantage of opportunities to gain hands-on experience like internships, research, and volunteer opportunities. Learn more by visiting the UCSB Education Abroad Program (UCSB EAP) or checking out other study abroad options.
Keep reading for some tips to maximize your experience.
It is always helpful to plan ahead before a big journey. To prepare for a smooth transition, make friends with an international student from the country you hope to visit. Research and prepare a quick country reference guide. Besides your English resume, consider creating a resume in the language of the country you plan on visiting. Bring at least one business-attire outfit to wear for possible interviews. Research your country or city of interest through GoinGlobal by logging into Handshake.
The social aspect of studying abroad is one of the most valuable parts of your experience. Befriend the local expatriates while you are abroad, attend conferences or meetings in your field of interest, and network for possible jobs. You can also research organizations within the United States that do business in the international city nearest you. Do Informational Interviews with those you meet to get more information on a field of interest.
Studying abroad often creates an opportunity to intern, conduct research, or volunteer abroad in the region you are studying within. Broaden your career horizons outside of class, and boost your resume even further! For details, see our tips about interning while studying abroad.
Your time abroad is a time to grow and try new things. Consider a home-stay arrangement, join student clubs where the majority of members are local students, or get involved in a multicultural student work team as part of your assigned classroom projects.
It may not come as a surprise, but studying abroad makes traveling abroad easier than ever! Secure a flexible ticket to allow for this, take advantage of nearby weekend travel discounts, befriend local area students and families, and try to join in on local excursions and holiday travels.
To help you get ready for life after studying abroad, we joined forces with UCSB EAP to provide some tips on Life After Graduation.