3 Things Every Business Student Needs to Know about DECA
When earning your degree, there are many doors that open for you allowing for more experience and opportunities in your chosen field. For business students, this door is Collegiate DECA. Have you been looking for ways to gain more hands on experiences in business? Have you wanted to learn how to become a leader? Being a part of DECA allows you to gain those leadership skills you might be lacking, and it provides you the opportunity to meet people that can help take you further in your business career.
DECA has two divisions, one for high school students and one for college students. Collegiate DECA focuses on developing emerging leaders in business careers, such as marketing, finance, human resources, hospitality and management.
3 Perks of being involved in DECA
1. You’ll be a part of a number of adventures
There are many adventures one embarks on when taking part in DECA, including attending national conferences and competitions, working on case studies, volunteer work and meeting CEOs and presidents of Fortune 500 companies.
DECA truly allows you to learn skills you’ll be able to use in college and continue to use throughout your career.
Fortunately, DECA is beginning to pick up momentum throughout Rasmussen College campuses. The college was recently awarded the Collegiate DECA Diamond Award for its increased DECA membership on the four Illinois campuses.
“We’ve competed in categories against Ivy League schools and come back with first place over and over again,” said Venus Fisher, state program coordinator for Rasmussen College Illinois campuses.
It all begins with awareness, and Fisher is working hard to get other Rasmussen College campuses involved with the chapter in their respective states.
2. You may be exposed to positive, life-changing opportunities
In DECA, business students have exposure to the top CEOs in Fortune 500 companies; these high-powered individuals are part of the advisory board for the collegiate division of DECA. The advisory board members support DECA by providing scholarships, connecting students with businesses, job shadowing, creating DECA event opportunities, serving as judges for DECA competitions, as well as employing DECA students post-graduation.
Many active Collegiate DECA members make connections through DECA with Fortune 500 companies, said Fisher.
“[DECA] is a great asset to have and looks great on a resume,” Fisher said. “They [the CEOs, presidents and vice-presidents of big companies] know DECA students come in sharp and above average, and that’s why they invest their time and money.”
However, don’t expect taking part in DECA to be easy; there is a lot of expectations and energy that goes into DECA. According to Fisher, DECA expects to build emerging leaders and prepares students to be leaders in the business fields they’re studying.
3. You’ll become an ambassador for the college
DECA members are ambassadors of the college. When Rasmussen College staff attends events to speak to prospective students, a Rasmussen College DECA student often accompanies a Rasmussen College employee and will share their experience in the School of Business as a current student.
DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals in the past 60 years. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 200 colleges and universities. It is also a nonprofit student organization with members from the U.S., District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico, according to DECA’s website.
If you’re interested in learning more about business education or DECA opportunities at your campus, connect with your state program coordinator.