Why run to be president?
Do you want to make a change that’s better for you and positive for others? Do you want to lead a Union that is right for students and gain unlimited experience from just having your own student experience at the University of Chester? If you believe in positive change, making a difference and true leadership then this is right position for you. You could determine the shape and representation of CSU and reflect to the University exactly what students want and need. During a challenging time of Higher Education, you can only expect and accept that students need you to voice their opinions. You can stand up for a higher cause and develop unlimited skills to encourage your own positive future. A full time job with many perks to keep you going whilst living in FREE accommodation in the heart of Chester, only a 2 minute walk to campus where your office will be. Not only that, the University offer many opportunities for you to network with external businesses and successful people to enable offerings in the field you may wish to work in; along with a complimented masters in your second term in post #PostiveFutureAlready J
What other job would enable you to run a campaign and manifesto where you are elected by the student body for the positive changes you wish to make for students. There is no interview as such, but campaigning will really push your passion and motivation to succeed in the job by persuading students that you are right person to lead the Students’ Union as a director of a multi- million charitable organisation. Tell me that doesn’t already look awesome on your CV? Win or lose, why not just run? The experience alone of running in an election, managing your own campaign team, engaging and interacting with people using various communication methods will score you even more employability points with prospective employers! #Tekkers
I never thought I would be right for the position and certainly didn’t think I could get over 2,000 students to vote for me. I didn’t think I would be good enough and it seemed crazy to think I could stand up and talk in front of so many people and work with some very influential people along the way. But I wouldn’t look back and I remember exactly what I thought when I finally decided to get my act together and out of my comfort zone; what if? What if I didn’t run, I would always think what if I got it, what would I be doing right now? Why didn’t I at least try? The many people I have spoken to previously about the role and those that didn’t run always wonder what if they did, so why not? Therefore, winning or losing didn’t even matter to me at this point, as long as the best candidate wins for students. But yes, of course I wanted to win in the election.
The job really is what you make it and you literally can shape the Union and your manifestos however you wish. There is a reason why you can only be in the position for 2 years max (after electing yourself again for the 2nd time) and that is because the Union needs innovative ideas that are up to speed with the current student body. Therefore, if you are a current student from the University of Chester, you are already perfect for the job. You have lived through your own experience as a student no matter what your background is, it matters and your ideas count! So think about it, what has your experience been like? Have you got any frustrations that you think you could change for the better at the University? What do your friends think? How have they found their time at the University? How can you make the student experience better?
Not only will this be your first job after University life but you will have jumped ahead of others to the very top of an organisation where you are paid 18K a year, plus relevant training, national representation and networking through the National Union of Students and invitations to internal and external events. In fact, there is unlimited experience and opportunities and when you go for your next job, you will be able to go to any job and reflect on any sort of experience you have. This is your chance to set yourself up with even more than just a degree.
- FULL TIME JOB, 18K
- FREE MASTERS OF YOUR CHOICE
- DIRECTOR OF CHESTER STUDENTS’ UNION
- LINE MANAGER TO THE FULL TIME CEO
- GOVERNOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER (THE VERY TOP UNIVERSITY DECISION MAKING)
- REPRESENT 20,000 STUDENTS
- UNLIMITED EXPERIENCE
- YOUR OWN INNOVATIVE IDEAS
- YOU SHAPE THE UNION
- LOBBY THE UNIVERSITY AND LOBBY NATIONALLY
- FREE TRAINING
- NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
- FREE VC DINNERS WITH YOUR PLUS ONE
- FREE DINNERS/ LUNCHES
- CAMPAIGNING FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
- MAKING A DIFFERENCE LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY
- LEADING STUDENTS IN VARIOUS DIFFERENCE EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
- WORK IN A FUN AND VIBRANT ENVIRONMENT
- MEET & GREET CELEBRITIES DURING FRESHERS, CSU ENTERTAINMENT EVENINGS AND GRADUATIONS
- FREE NUS CARD
- GET INVOLVEFD AND RUN FUN ACTIVITIES AND CAMPAIGNS FOR STUDENTS
Self-development, reflection and growth
The reason I ran in the election for president is because of a new year’s resolution, which was to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself; and so the journey started.
For the last 17 months, I have worked with a team of three other full-time officers, where we are responsible for representing a student population of 20,000 across site and satellite campuses. The perks are obviously attractive, but the most rewarding part of this role is knowing that it directly benefits students and others. We attend a lot of meetings where we ensure that students are put in the best interest and forefront of the Universities decision boards.
The following points outline examples of my personal growth:
- Improved organisation skills, professionalism
- Outlook on life- values and beliefs may have changed
- Learnt more about yourself, how to deal with challenging situations, coping mechanism, negotiation skills,
- Challenges your mind set to working and thinking in different ways that you wouldn’t have known unless being in the position
- Helps to shape your future, whether that be a change in your career plan like me.
- Transferable skills in campaigning, negotiating, managerial skills, strategic planning, representation
- Innovative and outside thinking skills
- Job opportunities have arisen from relevant experience and this has put me in a far more positive position for future plans and career paths.
Tips for the election…
Follow these three steps for an election-winning campaign, but remember that the more demanding roles will require greater preparation.
- Ask yourself if you're the best person for the job - If you think you are, then go for it. Don't think about the other people running. You know that you can change the world, just keep believing that you're the person to do it. #ChangeTheWorld
- Organise your manifesto - You should know in advance what your campaign will focus on, which involves combining your personal beliefs with those of your peers. Be sure to also discover your 'brand', capitalising on your unique selling points and interacting with the current student body at the University of Chester. Remember that you will need your support networks to ensure you have a strong team to help you branch out to the wider student body (and of course, keep you sane). 'Remember to listen to all voices, not just the loudest.' It is important to remember that we have more satellite and site campuses with many students, so research, branch out and make yourself present and approachable.
- Practice public speaking - You'll be doing plenty of this before and during your tenure, so it's important to hone your communication abilities. 'You have to really believe in yourself and what you stand for if you want people to vote for you, if you want people to be on board with you, you have to believe in yourself and your manifesto points.
If you are interested, please get in touch with me and book a meeting to discuss the job role in full and I will provide a job description so that you can have more detail about the role.