Get your applications to stand-out with our pick of extracurricular activities to push you to the top of the list.
It’s that time of year where students approaching the end of their current stage of education begin to consider and start applying for the next step of their journey. Whether that involves university, college, an apprenticeship, or a job, application is always a vital step, and it can be difficult to cut through the mountain of hopefuls that most institutions receive. Stand out from the crowd with our take on what students can do outside of their schoolwork to boost ratings.
If you have a passion for helping others, volunteering is a great activity to do outside of school hours. You get to make the world a better place and develop yourself at the same time. Mentioning your volunteering projects on an application shows off your compassion and drive, as well as you motivation to make something happen off your own back. Pick a cause that you care about and see how rewarding putting in work to support it can be, both for the cause itself and for your future.
Many applicants don’t think of mentioning their hobbies and clubs when applying for placements. After all, why should you mention something that you do for fun in your downtime, even at home? Turns out, there are lots of reasons why inclusion on your application might catch the eye. Crafting hobbies such as drawing, sculpting, or needlecraft show a dedication to improving a skill, as well as a creative spark! Joining a sports club or community initiative show the ability to work in a team as well as commitment to a project.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Development programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award always help as they specifically involve learning new skills, volunteering, and collaborating with others – all things that recruiters look out for. What’s more, these are extensive undertakings that take place over a number of months, showing off both your commitment and time management skills.
Extracurricular activities don’t necessarily have to take place outside of school, just outside of your regular studies. School clubs, or even community clubs, are a great way to show that you can commit your time to something that you’re passionate about.
Leadership positions look great on an application and allow you to positively affect your school experience and speak for your peers. Set your sights on student council, prefect positions, or even a head student role. Naturally, these opportunities aren’t for everyone, and you’re going to have to convince those in charge – or your classmates, depending on your school’s system – that you’re right for the role. But should you be successful in your campaign, these positions will prove your leadership potential and drive to improve your peer’s school experience.