Why Should I Get Involved?

CSUDH has more than 100 officially recognized student clubs and organizations. By becoming involved with a club or organization, students meet peers with similar or different interests, gain knowledge and skills relevant to their academic and career paths, and deepen their connection to the university.

Involvement in clubs and organizations can also set students apart from their peers when entering graduate school or the workforce. Employers recognize that involved students are leaders and possess many of the skills they are looking for. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), has designated eight key competencies that employers desire most in college graduates:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Career Management
  • Leadership
  • Digital Technology
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Global/Multicultural Fluency
  • Teamwork/Collaboration

Table: Employers Rate the Essential Need of the Career Readiness Competencies

Competency - Weighted Average Rating*

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving - 4.62
  • Teamwork/Collaboration - 4.56
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic - 4.46
  • Oral/Written Communications - 4.30
  • Leadership - 3.82
  • Digital Technology - 3.73
  • Career Management - 3.46
  • Global/Multicultural Fluency - 3.01
*5-point scale: 1=Not essential, 2=Not very essential, 3=Somewhat essential, 4=Essential, 5=Absolutely essential

National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2018 Survey.
Retrieved from the Nace Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition.


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