Greek Life

Life After College

Joining a fraternity or sorority provides a host of experiences that assist students in developing their personal skill sets and leadership philosophies. It is not uncommon for job recruiters to reach out for fraternity and sorority members because they know these students have developed "soft skills" in addition to "hard skills" to further the mission of their organization. Fraternity and sorority members learn how to associate these skills with what graduate programs and jobs are looking for.

Transferable Skills

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted a survey of employers and the attributes employers seek on a candidate's resume. The top five attributes can all be developed through involvement in fraternity and sorority life.

Top Five Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate's Resume

  1. Problem Solving Skills (82.9% of respondents)
  2. Ability to Work in a Team (82.9% of respondents)
  3. Communication Skills - Written (80.3% of respondents)
  4. Leadership (72.6% of respondents)
  5. Strong Work Ethic (68.4% of respondents)

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

Students who are involved in fraternities and sororities develop these skills through their regular chapter operations. Operations such as hosting a chapter meeting helps them develop skills in written communication through developing an agenda and creating meeting minutes. Problem solving and ability to work in a team can be developed through their organizational event planning and committee work. Strong work ethic is evident with the schedules of class, meetings, and events fraternity and sorority members are engaged in.

Civic Engagement

Each of our nationally affiliated organizations has an adopted philanthropic partner and many have adopted local partners. Through these partners, our fraternity and sorority members engage in civic action to raise money and awareness to these causes. Through these actions fraternity and sorority members practice servant leadership throughout their communities. They learn through these various opportunities the value of service and philanthropy as well as the impact they can have on local, regional, and national communities.

Some of the partners our members associate with include:

McDonough County VIBE | St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | City of Macomb
The Ability Experience | Children's Miracle Network Hospitals | Sean Vernon Amazing Day Foundation
United Service Organization (USO) | Sisters in Action | Women's Wellness Initiative | Starkey Hearing Foundation
Girls On The Run | Kids in Need Foundation | March of Dimes | Breast Cancer Awareness
Boys and Girls Club of America | and many more!

Networking

Fraternity and Sorority Life provides a number of opportunities for students to connect with others. Our students have the opportunity to connect with not only fraternal members within our own community, but also members of the same organization through regional training and national conferences. They also have the opportunity to connect with students that serve in similar executive positions both inside and outside of Western's community. They make connections with individuals who are investment in the future of fraternity and sorority by participating different leadership institutes. And, of course, they connect with the past of their local chapter and national organization through alumni.

All of these networking opportunities are unique to the fraternal experience and can lead to connections to additional resources, graduate school information, and job openings.

Research

Results for the Gallup-Purdue Index are based on online surveys conducted Feb. 4-March 7, 2014, with a random sample of 29,560 respondents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, aged 18 and older, with Internet access, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. This included 5,137 fraternity and sorority members. The North-American Interfraternity Conference and National Panhellenic Conference partnered with Gallup for this first-of-its-kind study.

When it comes to being engaged at work and experiencing high well-being after graduation, a Gallup-Purdue University Index study of U.S. college graduates found that graduates who are members of fraternities or sororities are more likely to thrive in all five elements of well-being during their post-graduate years than those graduates who did not join. The study revealed that respondents identifying themselves as members of fraternities and sororities—16 percent of respondents indicated that they were a member of a national fraternity or sorority while attending college—scored better in overall well-being, workplace engagement, collegiate support, experiential learning and alumni attachment.

Overall Well-Being

Graduates who participated in fraternities or sororities are slightly more likely to be thriving in all five critical elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, physical and community—than are graduates who did not participate in fraternities or sororities.

Workplace Engagement

National results show 43% of college graduates who were members of a fraternity or sorority are engaged in the workplace, compared to 38% of college graduates were not members.

Support

The support graduates recall receiving from their institution as students is also important well into their post-graduate careers. 16% of graduates who participated in fraternities or sororities and who say they had a professor who cared about them as a person—one who made them excited about learning, and had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their dreams are emotionally attached, compared with 13% of graduates who did not participate in fraternities or sororities.

Experiential Learning

Similarly, graduates with fraternity or sorority affiliation and membership in college were more likely to have taken advantage of experiential learning opportunities while in college (11%) than graduates who were not members (5%).

Alumni Attachment

Alumni who participated in fraternities or sororities exhibit higher emotional attachment to their school. 22% of those who were in sororities or fraternities are attached, compared with 17% who were not members.

Source: North-American Interfraternity Conference