Being an officer is one of the most rewarding jobs you can possibly do out of university. You are a role model and a leader among the student community, and act as the key link between students and university management. As a result, you can proactively make substantial changes at University and, at the same time, receive a wealth of job experience. An officer is in constant contact with students, charities and clubs so there will never be a dull moment. Do you need more persuading to apply?! Here are more reasons to apply below.
1. Problem solving
This dynamic job requires you to be calm under pressure and deal with a variety of issues. Students can be very demanding so you learn a lot of people skills. But the rewards of these problems being solved is huge. Make a meaningful difference at University and help future students. Fight for what you believe in.
Meaningful and rewarding work
2. Thorough Training
As a student at Newcastle University, you’re already qualified to take on the role of an Officer. We don’t expect you know everything straight away; you’ll have an opportunity to spend two weeks with the outgoing post-holder before heading out for residential training. Throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to receive all manner of training and experiences to further your learning, including: national conferences, communication and resilience training, and much, much more.
Tackle meaningful issues at University
3. Spring board in the job market
The job can help if you want to get into politics, lobbying, campaigning or the media. Famous ex-presidents of the National Union of Students (NUS) include Jack Straw, Charles Clarke and Stephen Twigg as well as former Guardian columnist David Aaronovitch and Equality and Human Rights Commission chairman Trevor Phillips.
Tackle difficult issues that employers recognise
4. The networking opportunities.
Every day is different as an Officer and thus you will come in to contact with a huge array of influential people. You could be introducing students to the Union for the first time through induction talks or visiting partners like Newcastle Football Club or helping out students who’ve come to your office.
Constantly meeting new people ensures an interesting day everyday.
5. Make your CV stand out
Anyone can go for election but, for us at least, only 7 people per year can put it on their CV. This, and the contacts made throughout your time as an Officer, will mean you become highly valued in the job market.
Make a difference at Newcastle and your CV
What many people do not realise is that Full-time officers will be trustees of their union and therefore financially responsible (and liable) for a business with a turnover running into millions of pounds. With the support of the union, you will allocate this money and thus be a key figure running events.
So, what are you waiting for?!