Being a student representative can lead to great things. Not only can you make a difference during your time in the role, you can gain great experience and skills that can benefit you later in life. Below are interviews with past Student Union officers talking about their time in the role and where it has led them in life.
We all know that 2020 was a tough year, particularly for students. There will still be challenges ahead, where students will need passionate representatives to stand up for their rights. Nominating yourself means that you want to advocate for the interests of your fellow students and ensure their University experience is the best it can be. If elected, you will have the opportunity to lead campaigns on the issues from your manifesto and make positive changes for and with students, not only in York but potentially at a national level.
Running in the Elections will give you an opportunity to gain a wide range of experiences and skills. From campaigning to public speaking, the experience of being a candidate can benefit you later in life. If elected, you will develop professional communication, project management, leadership and work collaboratively with senior University staff, to name just a few areas. Gaining these professional skills could enhance not only your academic work, but your career prospects as a graduate. Sabbatical Officers are full time paid staff members, so you will gain the experience of taking on a leadership role within a multi-million pound charity as your first graduate job!
As a candidate you will have a chance to meet new people, in a year where social interaction has been limited. Candidates often form lasting friendships and support each other through the unique experience of running. You will meet like-minded individuals not only by socialising with fellow candidates but also by having the platform to speak to voters.
Nominations aren’t open yet, but you can prepare now! Submitting a nomination will be via an online form asking for the following information:
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Elections please email [email protected]