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On-Campus Leadership Opportunities

Taking on a leadership role on campus is a great option if you’re looking for a way to add another dimension to your resume, or if you’re ready to commit more hours to on-campus activities. There are lots of places on campus that offer these kinds of positions, if you know where to look.

Why consider a leadership role?

Leadership is, in a nutshell, a combination of social influence and the ability to boost others to achieve their best. Good leaders put these two together in order to effectively reach goals. There are many benefits that come from taking on a leadership role during your time at UTM:

  • You have the opportunity to make a difference on campus in a leadership role.
  • Leadership positions give you a unique opportunity to network with administrative staff and faculty on campus. You might even walk away with professional references.
  • Leadership roles are a great addition to your resume; they provide you with valuable experiences that all employers look for.
  • You will get the chance to become even more involved in the UTM community and make the most of your university experience.

What will you gain from a leadership role?

Like any other kind of experience you gain on campus, leadership opportunities give you the chance to explore your interests and build relevant skills. The advantage to working in a leadership role is that these kinds of positions offer unique ways to build on transferrable skills* you might already have, as well as develop new ones you might not otherwise have learned. Here are some examples of the skills you will hone and other perks of becoming a leader on campus:

  • Leadership builds good experience in team work and team building.
  • You will have the chance to take on more responsibility. You will not only be in charge of projects and making sure they are completed on time, but your decisions will also impact other people.
  • You will develop negotiation skills. As a leader you will have to collaborate with others and manage priorities. Knowing how to negotiate in order to get things done on time and in the best way possible is an invaluable asset.
  • You will learn how to manage people. This includes taking part in making decisions, motivating others, supervising others, delegating tasks, and influencing people.
  • You will be recognized. Leaders are very visible and this can lead to further opportunities, like the chance to be involved in exciting programs and, depending on the kind of work you're involved with, can even lead to awards.
  • Most importantly, you will gain confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Note: All of the examples listed above are key components employers look for in potential candidates. Participating in these exciting positions can really help you build a competitive resume and make you an attractive applicant.

* Check out our Skills Identification Exercise for a list of more transferrable skills to help you determine what skills you already have, and which new ones you might like to add.

When should you apply?

Some of the departments listed below offer opportunities that last an entire academic year. As a result, some of these positions require extensive training and so recruitment takes place in the spring for the following academic year. If you're interested in these positions, getting started early is key!

Below is a list of student leadership opportunities with Student Affairs & Services on campus. Please note that these are not current postings, nor a comprehensive listing of leadership positions available on campus, but rather a starting point for students to identify which departments usually offer on-campus opportunities. Look at our Work Search Strategies page for tips on further researching these possibilities.