UAA Career Services Center encourages all UAA students to seek out leadership opportunities both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities. Student leaders are able to make major impacts on the UAA campus through programs, projects, events, and just day-to-day interactions with others on campus. The benefits to leadership roles don't just end at graduation, either! Developing leadership skills will give you an edge up as you enter the job market and "real life." Some of the benefits to developing leadership skills include:
These tips were taken from the article titled "10 Ways Leadership Roles Will Help You Succeed After College" by Douglas Fehlen on Education Insider
- Gain confidence through positive recognition from others
- Develop communication skills by speaking intelligently, succinctly, and persuasively to diverse groups about your organization's mission and goals
- Gain and manage responsibility for the actions of yourself and others
- Develop negotiation skills by working on collaborative projects with others that may feature competing interests
- Network with school administrators, leaders from other campus groups, manager in off-campus partner organizations, and other high-profile figures that can yield valuable personal and professional contacts
- Gain management skills by overseeing operational tasks, making budgets, prioritizing workloads, building consensus and performing other duties
- Enhance your creative problem-solving and multitasking abilities to get everything done and keeping your personal life in balance
- Discover new talents
- Be recognized for your contributions
- Improve your resume
The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Career Services Center strives to offer many leadership opportunities. Be sure to check out some of the ideas below as well as other opportunities that are not listed but may present themselves as options to develop your leadership skills! By networking with other student leaders, faculty, or staff, you may come across a leadership opportunity that you would have never thought of otherwise - make sure to always be on the lookout for things that you can get involved in and excited about!
Some leadership skill development ideas:
Classroom Leadership Opportunities
The classroom is a great place to begin building your leadership skills. There are a couple ways to get involved in the classroom:
- If you are in a class that includes a group project, you can take on the role of group leader if it is a good and natural fit for you to do that. Sometimes group projects require that there be one person, the group leader, responsible for assembling all the research that group members contribute into the final project and turning that into the instructor. As group leader, you need to learn how to manage various personality types without micromanaging what each group member is doing. Also as a group leader, you need to make sure that all members of the group, including yourself, are contributing material to the final project. While there are many advantages to being a group leader, there are also some aspects of being in this type of leadership role that can come across as a disadvantage, so make sure to do your research and be well informed of what your role as group leader would look like before you step up to that commitment.
- Another classroom leadership opportunity is to be a Teaching Assistant (T.A.) for a certain class. To become a teaching assistant, you may network with other faculty and staff within your program and see what T.A. positions are available or you can search on the UA Human Resource Job Website at www.uakjobs.com for T.A. openings. Most (not all) T.A. positions require a student to be in a junior or senior credit status and enrolled in that specific major to be a T.A. for a certain class (ie: math majors would be a T.A. for a lower-division math class), but it really just depends of what the faculty sets forth as requirements for T.A.'s. UAA Career Services highly encourages classroom leadership because of the real-life application that you would learn.
The UAA Career Services Center offers bi-annual leadership skill development opportunities through the Career Crew. Our Career Crew is comprised of student volunteers who offer a few hours out of their day to help when we have our annual Fall Career Fair and City-Wide Career & Job Fair in the fall and spring semesters. Some benefits of being a part of the Career Crew include:
- CSC staff can personally introduce Career Crew members to selected employers attending the career fairs
- Leadership activity to add to the resume
- Development of communication skills and helping run a large-scale event such as a career fair
- Career Crew t-shirt
- Free lunch
To be considered for one of our Career Crews, you simply must contact the UAA Career Services Center a minimum of one week prior to the career fair at (907)786-4513 or email@example.com
and sign up for one of the Career Crew time slots that are available. (There is usually a set-up time slot from 7:30 - 10 am, afternoon time slot from 11 am - 1 pm and a clean-up time slot from 2 - 4 pm. Time slots can be flexible depending on the students' schedules and our need for Career Crew volunteers.)
Student Job on Campus
Having a student job on campus is a great way to develop leadership skills and be informed about all the campus' happenings. Many students that decide to work on campus enjoy the flexibility most supervisors offer to work around a student's particular class schedule. UAA maintains that academia comes first, so some student positions even will reduce hours around midterms or finals in order to allow the student to study. Being a student worker, you are able to network with school administrators, faculty and other departments to carry out your projects and duties. All UAA student jobs are listed on the UA Human Resources website at www.uakjobs.com.
Clubs & Greek Life
Clubs & Greek Life is a wonderful way to develop leadership skills! With over 80 registered student clubs, there is sure to be many clubs that interest you. A full list and description of how to get involved in this neat leadership development opportunity can be found at the UAA Student Clubs & Greek Life website or by contacting their office in the UAA Student Union, suite 210 at (907)786-1385.
Union of Students at UAA (USUAA)
USUAA, UAA's Student Government organization, is another great way to work on leadership skills. There are many opportunities to be a part of USUAA, whether it be as part of the executive board, a senator or representative, or appointee on a committee or board. USUAA provides opportunities to gain leadership skills and experience by serving on University boards, committees, and task groups that make UAA policy recommendations and decisions affecting students, faculty, and administration. For more information on how to become involved in USUAA leadership roles and really make a difference at UAA, visit the Union of Students at UAA website.
Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
The UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement. The CCEL has many opportunities for leadership skill development, including their Community Engaged Student Assistant program that offers students a hands-on opportunity to utilize their major to work with the local community! They also offer internship opportunities, a civic engagement certificate, and scholarships. CCEL's website is very comprehensive and offers full explanations of all the great connections they have to offer student leaders!
Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
UAA Emerging Leaders Program views leadership as a process, not a position, and therefore inclusive and accessible to all. ELP has three levels of learning that build upon each other throughout the students' college experience. If you would like more information about this neat program, be sure to contact the program administrator at (907)786-1371 or visit the Emerging Leaders Program website.
Note: These are just a few of the many leadership opportunities that UAA offers. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for other opportunities not listed here that may come your way!