It’s almost that time of year again where students who are running in #QMElections start bombarding you in Library Square, dressing up in various costumes (personal favourites from last year include The Hulk and a Greek pillar…) and telling every passing student about their policies. It all seems to be a mixture of stressed and enjoyable and really emphasises the community spirit that makes QM so special. But, other than the 24.5K salary, what do you actually gain from running in the QMSU Elections?
You’re at the forefront of making changes to your university.
This is probably the main reason why students run. This year alone, the SU have increased the library opening hours, increased the number of dietary-specific food available on campus and have promoted a number of welfare campaigns. If there’s something at this university that you would like to see improved or an initiative that you would like to take further to improve the experience of our students then this is your opportunity!
You’ll get great work experience for a number of different industries.
As an elected student officer, you will be setting the direction of the SU. You will decide on how to improve student experience by deciding on student policy and which campaigns and projects should run. This will mean that not only will you have direct experience in Higher Education, but you will gain skills that can be easily applied to careers in the Civil Service, NGOs, the voluntary sector, social enterprise and the commercial sector. If you’re thinking about a future career in any of these industries then this may be a great way to kick-start your future!
Running a campaign will look great on your CV
Even if you don’t win, running and being a part of a campaign will highlight many qualities that employers look for. You will be able to prove your use of initiative, resourcefulness, creativity, resilience and a whole host of other traits that employers love. This is a great opportunity for you to develop skills that are crucial for companies and will ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
If you’re looking for a role where you can help your fellow students, gain and develop sought after skills, get handsomely paid and to do it all within our cosy university, then this may be the next step for you!
Nominations for elections are open until 4pm 17 February. For more information on how to apply click here. For more information on the benefits of working for the Students’ Union, click here.