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By getting involved in activities outside your academic studies you will add to your range of skills and life experience, which in turn will improve your CV and give you lots to talk about at interview when you are looking for a graduate job.

Read Prospects: The importance of extra-curricular activities

A combination of work experience and involvement in clubs or hobbies outside University will help you to give good answers to employers' questions.

Here are just a few things you might be interested in:

Clubs and Societies

Find out about the many Clubs and Societies of the Students' Union.


You'll find lots of worthwhile volunteering opportunities at the Students' Union - check out their Volunteer Hub.

The Students' Union

The Students' Union represents all Strathclyde students.  There are ways you can get involved in decisions that are made, eg you can become a Student Representative for your course or your Faculty.  

The Sports Union

Sports Union - if sport is your thing, there are over 50 sports clubs to choose from, catering for all different levels of participation. 


AIESEC is a 60 year old global organisation that develops students into leaders by running and participating in an international exchange programme.  With a network of 110 countries and over 60,000 international internships each year, AIESEC offers more than an international experience. AIESEC offers you the most intense learning experience by living and working in a foreign country, nurturing your passions and fighting your fears.  Find out more:

Bright Futures

Bright Futures aims to help students learn about, secure and have a successful career.  Find out more about Bright Futures

Become a STEM Ambassador

If you are studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, you could consider becoming a STEM Ambassador.

Become an Ambassador for your subject

Employers Ask

When you start to apply for internships and graduate jobs, employers will always want to know what you have done outside your academic studies. Typical questions asked at interview include:

  • Describe a situation where you had to deal with an angry customer/client/member of the public. How did you cope and what was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you had to co-ordinate the work of other people. What were you trying to achieve? How did you go about organising the work?
  • Give an example of when you've experienced a setback.
  • Tell us about a time when you initiated an improvement.


In addition, many voluntary organisations advertise their opportunities on the Careers Service website. Logon to search vacancies.