Student Group Of The Week: SIFE York

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Here at TalentEgg, we’re constantly encouraging students to get involved in student groups (clubs, societies, associations) while still in school. It’s a great way for you to gain experience, boost your resumé, and help you land that sometimes-elusive first post-graduate job.

That’s why this year we’re introducing the Student Group Of The Week feature. Each week, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of Canada’s top student groups – groups that have some serious influence on campus – to show you just how beneficial getting involved on campus can be.

Read these students’ stories to see how involvement in student groups has helped hatch their careers.

This week, we’re featuring Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at York University!

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to encourage university students to make a difference in their communities and to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

At SIFE York, members live and breathe the SIFE motto: “A head for business. A heart for the world.”

SIFE York President, Shelley Li, shares her perspective on the group and what she’s gained from involvement:

Shelley Li, President, SIFE York
Shelley Li, President
SIFE York

Why is it important for students to get involved in groups such as yours on campus?

Shelley: Students often have a hard time finding opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world, meaning they can’t translate their skills into tangible experience to show employers.

At SIFE York, we give students the opportunity to gain experience by organizing and executing community projects each year. Students involved in SIFE therefore have a leg up when applying for jobs because they have that valuable experience (in project management, communication, leadership, etc.) that employers are looking for.

How has involvement in SIFE helped prepare you for your career?

Shelley: I plan to pursue my Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and work in the finance industry. However, leading SIFE York – a group of 32 executives and 10 community outreach projects – also helped me identify my passion for entrepreneurship and community service, since SIFE is an entrepreneurial endeavour in itself.

Moving forward, I plan to pursue a career in all three areas, something I may not have done had I not been involved in SIFE. Involvement therefore helped me hone my interests and discover what I’m passionate about.

How do you balance school work, being involved on-campus and other responsibilities that you may have?

Shelley: It’s all about controlling and organizing your commitments and not getting overwhelmed. I like to keep a daily to-do list of tasks that I need to complete. This ensures I stay on track, and checking tasks off as I complete them is rewarding and motivating.

Do you have any advice for students looking to get involved on their campus?

Shelley: Students tend to gravitate towards their campus’ biggest and/or most well-known student groups when they’re first looking to get involved. My advice would be to scope out all groups and make your decision based on how well the group’s values and interests match your own. This will ensure your experience with the group is as positive as possible because you’ll be passionate about the group’s initiatives and therefore that much more engaged and dedicated.

We couldn’t agree more! We’re also pretty certain that SIFE York will continue to make a positive impact both on and off campus at York University. That’s why SIFE York is this week’s Student Group Of The Week!

Inspired? Get in touch with SIFE York: visit their website, www.sifeyork.com, or follow @sifeyork on Twitter.

Congratulations SIFE York!

Want to see your group featured on TalentEgg.ca? Email cassandra@talentegg.ca!

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Kate MacKenzie is TalentEgg's Campaign Strategist. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. As a native Nova Scotian, Kate brings a unique East Coast perspective to the Egg Carton and is passionate about increasing TalentEgg's presence across Canada (but especially in the Maritimes!).