Becoming a Hall Rep is a brilliant way to improve the experience for students in your Halls of Residence. However, if you became a Hall Rep you would also develop a number of skills that are valued by future employers and could make you stand out from the crowd.
Leadership – To be a success in this role, you will have to make yourself known and accessible to the students in your halls, and be willing to take on their issues at Hall Exec meetings. Putting yourself forward in a leadership role shows to employers your aptitude for responsibility and making decisions.
Problem solving – A large part of your job will be collating student opinion and presenting this to Accommodation Services staff at the Hall Exec meeting. You will then work with the staff and other Hall Reps to come to workable solutions. Employers often look for proof of analytical skills, and your experience as a Hall Rep could really set you apart from other students.
Communication - To be an effective Hall Rep, you will need to be able to effectively communicate with students in your halls and the members of staff from the Halls Exec. Developing communication skills and being open, approachable combined with an ability to resolve issues in a professional manner are really important in employment and something that a number of employers look for.
Initiative – There are many examples of Hall Reps being creative and using their initiative to get ideas and feedback from students on their course. Most employers require real examples of using initiative and being proactive, and you can really demonstrate this by going above and beyond what is expected.
Prioritising a workload – Employers are eager for prospective employees to demonstrate they are capable of juggling competing demands and prioritising a workload. By taking on the role of Hall Rep on top of your academic studies you are really demonstrating you are able to prioritise effectively.
Meeting skills – Most jobs will require you to be able to present information in a clear and professional manner. Presenting evidence from students to at Halls Exec and working towards a resolution will really advance these skills.
Social, Cultural and Global Awareness - Hall Reps will need to communicate effectively with students from all different backgrounds, making sure that every student feels fairly represented. Therefore, to complete the role effectively it is essential that over time, the reps become socially and culturally aware of the different backgrounds of the students they may be representing.
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