Posted on Thu 31 Jan 2019 at 12:12 by Christopher Carter
Being a full-time Student Officer has so far been a wonderful and daunting experience - I honestly can’t believe that it’s been almost 6 months since I started the job! I remember coming into SUHQ on my first day full of optimism and the passion to make positive change for our students – something that, halfway through my term, I still feel every time I get to work.
Every Officer role brings its own unique challenges – and Societies is no different. As Socs Officer, you will be charged with helping and championing the hundreds of student-run societies we have at Warwick. This will involve challenging the University to have a proactive approach to helping societies, working with the local community to increase society opportunities, and creating projects to ensure that each society has the chance to showcase their events.
However, you will not be alone! You work with a fantastic team of Coordinators in our staff team who societies engage with daily. Every time you walk into the Student Activities Office, there is always a bunch of friendly and down-to-earth people who just want to help. That’s what’s so great about the SU – everyone genuinely wants to help you and your members achieve whatever it is that they want. No day is ever the same, and that also keeps the job interesting!
In addition, the freedom of an Officer position is different to anything else you will experience! In no other job will staff ask a recent graduate (or in my case, a would-be third year taking a year out to do this!) to make important, strategic decisions that will affect students both now and in years to come. Being a full-time Officer at the SU involves so much more than just working on your own projects – it requires you to think outside the box when creating campaigns that will affect all students, the determination to answer every student’s concerns through email or in person (regardless of whether you have the faintest idea how to start helping!), and the resilience to keep pushing for what you believe in even if you are told ‘no’ to begin with.
It’s hard work, but I know that if you are passionate about making a difference to students’ lives and have the determination to see that vision through, then you are potentially the right person for the job. Please do come speak to me if you are considering running - I’ll happily talk you through what the job entails and give you a few tips for Election Week!
Nominate yourself here before Noon on 12th February: www.warwicksu.com/elections