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Things You Can Do Outside the Classroom to Improve Your Resume and Yourself

July 30, 2018

Most college students spend some time thinking about their future by selecting courses that will help them gain knowledge in their field of interest, applying to co-ops to provide more real-world experience or seeking part-time jobs that will develop their work ethic. Because most students are doing this, you may be wondering what skills to develop or activities you can participate in that will give you a leg up. Take a look at the list of ideas below to help your resume stand out from the competition!

Join the club

Since your campus tour, you’ve likely heard about all the activities that Drexel University offers, as well as the many benefits of participating in extracurriculars. One of the easiest (and most fun) ways you can strengthen your resume is taking part in the campus culture and expanding your horizons through joining in the excitement!

Learn a new language

The ability to effectively communicate is one of the most valuable skills someone can possess. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, learning another language helps strengthen cognitive abilities, like memory, problem solving and communication. It also helps broaden your professional and personal opportunities and allows you to better appreciate other cultures.

Earn a certificate

If you have an interest in a high-demand skill like web development, leadership or UX design, take time to enroll in a certificate program. Mastering a new skill will help you gain more experience, knowledge and potentially land your dream role!


Volunteering not only helps strengthen your resume, but it is also an excellent way to do something good for those around you. Whether you are interested in aiding the homeless, protecting the environment or offering your tutoring services, Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement can connect you with the volunteer opportunities right for you. Learn more about the placement areas available through the Lindy Center here.

Read up

We live in a fast-paced world, but slow down for a moment to read! You’ve heard this since your elementary school days, but reading keeps your brain active and sharp. Make sure you stay ahead of the curve by reading articles on subjects you’re interested in or books by authors you love.

If you need assistance in bolstering your resume or advise on your academic or career path, contact your advisor to schedule an appointment!


Sarah Temple, Close School of Entrepreneurship, Communications