Advice on Which Organizations to Join –\

Which organizations would be beneficial for business students to join while enrolled in college?

It’s important to join many different programs and organizations while you are in school for various reasons. There are many organizations out there, so you’ll have many options to choose from. For example, there are many national, regional, and local business organizations, so be selective and decide on the one that’s the right fit for you. First, decide why you’re looking to get into an organization in the first place. You may decide to join an organization to enhance your business skills, add to your resume, network, or to make friends. Different groups or organizations can fill those needs in various ways. A good place to start is the largest student-run organization in the nation, and one of the largest business-related organizations in the US: The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The FBLA is a national organization that is split up into four divisions:

  • FBLA for high school students
  • FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle and intermediate school students
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students
  • Professional Division for business people, PBL alumni, and educators

Joining an organization like the FBLA during college has many merits and can help you accelerate your career before you even graduate from college. For example, being able to put an organization like this on your resume will set you apart from other candidates, but can also create many networking opportunities—which could lead to partnerships, new ventures, or jobs in the future. Organizations like the FBLA may also expose you to many opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to; for example, there are scholarships available for FBLA members, volunteer work, and various discounts and other benefits.

The FBLA is just one example of the many business-related organizations out there on a national level. Based on what you are looking to get out of joining a group, a regional, local or school-based option may provide more of what you’re looking for. Check with your school to see what organizations they have. This is a great way to make friends, connect with alumni, and interact within the confines of your community.

Take time to define what you’re looking to get out of joining an organization, and then select a few that may be the best fit for you. Don’t restrict yourself to just joining one group, as there are many levels that these organizations operate and can offer a variety of benefits. Now, it’s time to have fun, make friends, learn and grow as a business student.

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Chris Lipari has experience as a career advisor, helping everyone from students to C-level executives construct their resumes, prepare for job interviews, and find careers. He has spent the last 12 years as an admissions director for various colleges and universities. Lipari is also the creator of Mach Interview, a system designed to help schools increase job placement rates.