Activities, HEAR, Students' Union

5 reasons to become a Committee Member of a society

 According to Committee Members of Students’ Union societies, these are the 5 top reasons why they got involved.

  1. Meet new like-minded people and make new friends
  2. Find ways to express yourself, through taking part in activities that are close to your heart
  3. Gain transferrable skills that you can use in other areas of your life
  4. Benefit from the training and support offered by the NUS and University
  5. Gain recognition for the skills you are developing through the HEAR and Gold Award

And if that wasn’t enough, you can gain transferable skills and experience which you can use in job applications and interviews. Here are the top skills as listed by students who have done the role.

  • Team working and communication skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Organisation and project management
  • Leadership skills and people management
  • Diplomacy and patience
  • Budgeting and time management
  • Campaigning and negotiation skills
  • Marketing and social media skills
  • Events planning and management
  • Creativity and confidence

Did you know these are some of the most highly valued skills employers look for in employees?

“Businesses are looking first and foremost for graduates with the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable them to be effective in the workplace – nearly nine in ten employers (89%) value these above other factors such as degree subject (68%).” CBI (Confederation for British Industry) and Pearson produced a survey in 2014 on Skills and Education

If you would like to improve your skills in areas such as presentation skills, leadership, self-confidence or academic skills take a look at The Frame Skills for Success on which has lots of interesting information, videos and quizzes.

Author: Charlotte Betts, Skills Developer, Careers Service


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