Wondering whether it’s worth mentioning your extra-curricular activities on job applications? Our career coach has some advice that could help.
Question: Should I actually mention school achievements like Swimming Team Captain on my CV, or does it make me seem childish? – Saanvi, New Delhi
School Swimming Team Captain is a great achievement and could have a place on a CV, depending on where you are in life.
If you’ve only recently left school, you won’t have much work experience to draw upon. Extra-curricular activities give you the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills that employers (or other educational institutions) look for.
In this case, being Swimming Team Captain could demonstrate leadership, dedication, and organisation.
The best way to get this across – as with anything on a CV – is to provide the evidence for these skills.
So don’t just put ‘Swimming Team Captain’, add some detail about how many teammates you led, how often you trained, or what organising you had to do. Include data points and outcomes, so the reader can understand the scope of your work and your impact.