‘This experience has shaped my future… It's been incredible.’
Working in the students union gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the politics of university by working with students and representing their views. It’s a chance to literally make change happen.
There are part time roles for those of you who aren’t graduating just yet such as chairing your student council. Getting involved with these is a perfect opportunity to get some experience alongside your studies and improve your CV.
Graduating this year? Then becoming a Sabbatical Officer might be the role for you.
Sabbatical Officer - A Role Like No Other
Lead the strategic direction of the SU
Be the voice of thousands of students
Engage with the top levels of the University
Heather Collier (director of the National Council for Work Experience) says working as a sabbatical officer can be the chance to acquire a diverse range of skills that few graduate level jobs can offer. So this will make you highly attractive to prospective employers, and it gives you an extra year to think about what exactly it is you want to do while developing skills along the way. You’ll get the chance to work with a diverse range of people from students, to academics, university senior management, union staff and the wider community; enabling you to develop interpersonal, communication, teamwork and leadership skills, which graduate recruiters just love.
Running in the elections is a valuable experience alone, you can improve your confidence with public speaking and reach out to different people. The courage it takes to stand up in elections is widely admired and appreciated, and will get you prepared for the competitive job market you’ll face in the future. Becoming a sabbatical officer will help you achieve your goals no matter what you want to do, because it’s the life skills that you will develop that will count.
Don’t wait for change, make it happen
Nominate yourself today in the NUSU Elections, what have you got to lose?