Pre-professional organizations are a good way to look into and prepare for different caree
rs. These clubs, “enhance the educational opportunities for students, and they also help the students explore career paths. As they prepare their young members to become skilled professionals in the workplace, they also help prepare them to become active participants in their communities. The leadership skills being developed today are helping to create the leaders of tomorrow” (Reese 18).
As part of a pre-professional organization, you may have the chance to tour the working area in your field of interest, work on projects that will give you experience to add to your resume, and meet professors that teach classes for your major. The contacts you make with the members of the group are just as important as the contacts you will make with the professionals you meet. You may end up getting into the same graduate school with one of the group members or an older student could recommend you for an internship at their work.
A friend of mine was elected the President of VentureForth, “an entrepreneurial student organization dedicated to educating its members, promoting and honing professional and business skills, heightening awareness of industry trends and technologies, and enhancing critical thinking.” This organization provided her with the learning experiences she needed outside of the classroom. “Despite the rigor of academics, I did not find what I learned in the classroom very applicable. Therefore, I got involved not only at my college, but also in business organizations to add to my major. As part of these organizations, I was able to put a face to the important people on campus, build a network, get a job, make awesome friends, learn how to be professional, and make industry connections.” This individual took advantage of the many opportunities with her organizations and it ended up paying off - she was accepted into the Finance Rotational Development Program at Intuit right out of college.
Moreover, taking a leadership role in a pre-professional organization will look very promising on your resume. If you are able to join the group your first year or two and work your way up to an officer or president of the group, it will show your future employers or graduate schools the commitment you have towards your field of interest.