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There are many ways in which you can get involved in and outside of Uni. Those extra-curricular activities will help to build your resume and give you something to talk about at your interviews. Get engaged, participate, show your creativity and leadership capabilities by joining a student group, volunteering or being a member of any other community group. Importantly, make sure to gain a leadership position towards the end of your degree.

Student groups and societies

Macquarie University offers students the opportunity to get involved in a range of student groups and societies. No matter what your interest is, there is a group for everyone. If there is not one you are interested in, you can also create your own!

Make sure you make use of your student group and society engagement and aim to take up a leadership position towards the end of your degree. Get involved in organizing events, working on industry projects and develop a network through your participation. Select a society that you have a passion for and that is closely related to your professional career path.

Please contact studentgroups@mq.edu.au if you have any questions.


Volunteering is a great opportunity to give back to the community and to start creating a professional profile. There are hundreds of opportunities for you to get involved in volunteering activities either in or off campus. There is no a better way to gain personal satisfaction, help others and add experience to your resume than thorough a volunteer program.

Here is a selection of noteworthy volunteering projects and sites:

For more ideas places to volunteer, you can download our Volunteer Organizations Guide.

Other activities and ideas

  • Start writing a blog and show your creative side, participate in a local radio station (2SER FM) or write for Grapeshot (Uni publication) or other newspapers
  • Join any sporting groups and add winning competitions or other achievements on your resume
  • Become part of a social group like Meet up Sydney and join a group related to your field of study or interest (Think, Act, Change is highly recommendable)
  • Being a member of a church group can improve your communication and interpersonal skills
  • Practice your public speaking skills through Toastmasters
  • Join an English Conversation Group or learn a new language
  • Do you have entrepreneurial spirit? Create your own start-up company and show the world that you've got what it takes to be successful
  • Have a passion for Arts? Show your passion for photography, theatre or music by joining a choir, band or exhibit your own artwork
  • Include your individual travel experience in your resume to show independence, time management skills and a sense for adventure
  • Start your own investment portfolio and highlight your successes on your resume
  • Networking is the key to all your extra-curricular activities. Ask for business cards, practice your elevator pitch at employer presentations and use your passion for a specific field to get yourself an internship or graduate job.
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