Firstly, being a full-time or part-time rep really is a great experience. We hear from lots of past officers that they wish they could do it all over again, or that the skills they gained from the role really helped them to get to where they are today.
Elected rep roles, or even just running in the elections, will give you new skills and improve your CV. Essentially it will make you more employable and you’ll stand out from the crowd when the time comes to apply for jobs or further education.
Some other benefits;
Make a difference
By representing students you’ll make a difference to their experience and help to make Queen Mary better for everyone!
Transferable employability skills
You'll be able to develop and gain new skills in the role, all roles will provide great examples of skills for your CV! You'll also build your confidence!
Improve your self-confidence
You'd be able to talk to dozens of students and become an expert on students views. You can have a chance at presenting your views and opinions and raising them in what can sometimes be a formal environment which is a great achievement.
Develop your networks and meet new people
You will meet new and interesting people and work with different people from our diverse community of students, student reps and staff. You'll also get to work with other students, officers like you and universities from up and down the country.
As an Executive Officer you'll also regularly work with the senior management team in both the University and Students' Union, giving you experience of leadership, working with others, networking and a real insight into what it takes to run an organisation.
A long list of acheivements
When it’s all over you’ll get to look back at everything you achieved, the changes you made and the campaigns and projects you created. You’ll be able to use these as examples in future job applications and interviews.
Full-time Executive Officer roles are paid £27,000+ for their year in office, so if you’re graduating this year it is a great way to kickstart your career. Even if you’re not graduating this year you can still run to be a full-time Executive Officer by taking a year out from your studies.