If you’re reading this post, chances are good that you know a fair amount about your university’s social and service fraternities and sororities. Social fraternities are the stereotypical groups we watch in movies (mostly inaccurate depictions), and service fraternities focus primarily on serving the communities where they live.
A professional fraternity, however, is focused primarily on a field of study or industry that its members want to pursue in their careers. So, if joining a professional fraternity sounds appealing, here are a few ways it can benefit your professional career for years to come.
How the Best Professional Fraternities Will Propel Your Career Goals Forward
Regardless of the profession or career you’re passionate about; a professional fraternity will help you evolve from a novice college student to an industry professional, ready to take on the challenges laid out for you. In addition, the qualities and skills you will develop in a professional fraternity will set you apart from the competition and help you throughout your professional career.
1. Develop impressive leadership skills
From serving on the executive board to participating in service programs, charity foundations, and academic events, there are endless opportunities to develop and hone your leadership skills in a professional fraternity.
From organizing recruitment events or working closely with the alumni board, many tasks are available for members interested in stepping up and sharpening their leadership skills. In addition, most professional fraternities consider leadership skills as one of their main pillars for members.
2. Perfect your communication skills
In a social fraternity, you’ll encounter many similar people in terms of social groups, interests, and hobbies.
In a professional fraternity, you’ll meet people from all different walks of life with different experiences and perspectives about the world. You’ll also spend time with them in class, studying, completing group projects, and socially.
Spending time with people in the same academic frame of mind (but with very different social perspectives) will vastly improve your communication skills. You’ll learn how to adapt to their opinions while standing firm in your own beliefs.
3. Networking with like-minded individuals
Suppose you’re looking for more from a fraternity than parties on the weekend, tailgating, and a loyal brotherhood (for those who want that college experience, we fully respect that choice!). In that case, a professional fraternity offers the chance to meet and network with men and women in the field you want to enter. This is an invaluable opportunity for future lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, and business owners to see what their post-college careers may look like.
Not only is networking beneficial for college students to practice communicating at a higher level, but it’s a great tactic to practice your interviewing skills. You’ll attend events and charity events where you can have compelling conversations about the career you hope to pursue and become more confident speaking to professionals in the field.
How to Prepare: 5 Professional Fraternity Interview Questions
Suppose you’ve decided to take the plunge and interview with a professional fraternity at your college campus, congratulations! This is a huge step forward for your college experience and future career. Here are five interview questions in the back of your head for the interview.
- Why did you choose your major, and how do you plan to use your degree post-graduation?
- What is your dream job in our field? Dream job in a different area?
- What is your experience with leadership (either from high school or current college activities)?
- How do our chapter’s goals and values align with yours as an individual and a professional?
- What do you bring to the table that we don’t already have in this chapter?
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