Become the next student leader

The Union's bar is set for a name change. Image: Geograph, Andrew Curtis

Nominations close on 17th February for your next Student Leaders.

Nominations are now open for the six sabbatical officer positions and part-time officer positions that represent students in the union, the university, locally and nationally. Any student can stand and choose a full-time, paid position or become a part-time (voluntary) officer to gain the essential skills and experience.

Sabbatical officer positions are President, Education Officer, Welfare and Equality Officer, Activities Officer, Athletic Union Officer and Editor of the Courier. Part-time officers include Chair of Student Council, LGBT+ Officer and International Officer. More details and a full list of positions can be found at www.nusu.co.uk/elections.

This is an ideal opportunity for students to kick start their career. Those that are successful in running for a sabbatical position have not only successfully found a paid full-time employment, they have gained the kind of experience they wouldn’t expect from a first job. Each sabbatical officer receives an annual salary of £18,940 and is a full-time member of staff.

Leading an organisation with a £4 million turnover and a registered charity puts officers in a great position, enables to develop skills in leadership and organisation and learn about finances, democracy, education, event management and a whole host of other skills.

All officers, either full-time or part-time, gain experience of chairing meetings, leading campaigns, managing budgets, communicating and team building. It is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that might enable students to start their career at the very top of the ladder.

Previous sabbatical officers have gone onto some fantastic careers, and most state that they would never have got to where they are without the experience of being a sabbatical officer.

Ex-officers from the past ten years now have positions as Co-Producer for Sky Sports news, Assistant Director of Newcastle University Careers Service, HR Business Partner for Lloyds Banking Group, Management Consultant for Accenture, Radio presenter on BBC and Lincs FM and Deputy News Editor for ITV.

When asked about their experience of being an AU Officer, one of the ex-officers said: “Being a sabbatical officer helped enormously with breaking into the competitive sports industry. Unlike other graduates I had real work experience of managing budgets, decision making and negotiation as well as dealing with senior influential university and external figures.

“Being able to run an effective campaign and deliver on objectives set out in your manifesto gives you so much to talk about during interviews.”

As sabbatical officers, students can make a difference to the university.

Over the past two years, officers have ensured rent freezes for students, gained funding for increased security in Leazes Park, ensured the university would not introduce a ‘Fit to Sit’ policy and gained commitment for a future divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

Nominations close at 10am on Friday 17th February 2017 and full details on how to run can be found at www.nusu.co.uk/elections.

If you want to find out more about each role, go to https://www.nusu.co.uk/yourvoice/officers/ or email directormds.union@ncl.ac.uk who can even sort out some sabbatical work shadowing for you.

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