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Why College Students Should Consider Playing on a Sports Team

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You go to college to prepare yourself for success. But, what if that success is not only based on your academic program and the grades you earn?

A recent study shows employers value leadership skills of athletes graduating from college above other students, including debate team captains, resident assistants, and college newspaper editors. They especially value college graduates who held leadership positions in athletics. Top scorers are Division III captains of both men’s and women’s’ tennis teams.

Employers view athletes as being hard-working, goal-oriented, and having the ability to withstand pressure.

Simply being on a team rates as more valuable than work experience managing a restaurant. Still debate team captains and presidents of fraternities do rate better than team members of a sports team.

80 companies took part in the research survey, including companies such as AT&T and Northwestern Mutual.

Extracurricular activities in college can count, but you should weigh which activities can play best to your future employers.