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Getting involved with clubs at school

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One thing you will learn as you enter sixth form and have to start writing your CV, is that your teachers were right, you should have signed up for at least one club. Whatever your strengths, there’s always a club that you can join or set up.


One thing that’s good to consider is some form of sports team: football, tennis, rowing or for some, table tennis. As the least coordinated person ever to exist who trips over her own feet, I chose possibly the most dangerous sport my school offers: archery. After a very eventful year of shooting and missing the target on a regular basis, in the last session of the year, I hit three golds and walked away with a horrible track record, a terrified teacher, and we won’t even talk about the pigeon (may he rest in peace), but a good sport to put on my CV.


Another club that is good to join is debate club. Most schools will have a debate club but if not, you can always set one up. Being part of the debate club means thinking about varied topics which always looks good on a CV. It also shows that you can take other points of views on board and that you’re open to good discussions. If you’re lucky you may be able to take part in debate competitions which are held usually by Debating Matters.


Some schools offer some form of entrepreneur group. This can be good to join so you can show dedication and business smarts which will always be a benefit to future employers or universities. Something you could set up is a Young Chambers Group.

Stay relevant

Something to consider is joining a club which is relevant to your chosen career. For example, if you want to go on to do a Maths course at university, then why not join or start a club helping younger students? If you want to be a journalist, start a reading group.

These are just a few examples of groups that are good to join, but it is school-specific. So have a look at the clubs your school offers and just get involved!

What school clubs are you involved with? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jodi Allin-JonesGetting involved with clubs at school

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