Why Should I Become A Student Representative?
April 1, 2016
Being a student representative can be a fast-paced and fun experience that allows you to make friends, develop your skills, and increase your employability.\r\n\r\nThe role of a student rep varies depending on the university and course in question but many student representatives are expected to do the following:\r\n\r\n- Listen to fellow students’ concerns and suggestions before giving feedback to lecturers, tutors and administration staff.\r\n\r\n- Attend department meetings before relating and explaining appropriate information from the university to students.\r\n\r\n- Liaise with students and staff to organise events and opportunities.Influence the way the course is run and take part in decision making.\r\n\r\n- Inspire fellow students and become a leader of a team.\r\n\r\nLet’s take a look at the key benefits to becoming a student representative:\r\n\r\n
Develop your skills
\r\nAs a student representative you’ll get so many opportunities to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.\r\n\r\nStudent representatives will be expected to liaise with both tutors and other students on a regular basis. As a result, strong communication skills are a must. If you’re studying in the UK and English isn’t your first language, that’s certainly not a problem. Being a course representative will allow you to practise your language skills in an environment surrounded by native speakers.\r\n\r\nBeing a student rep alongside your studies requires organisation and time management skills. Whether you’re already good at managing and prioritising tasks or you need to improve in these areas, being a student representative will give you the opportunity to enhance your abilities.\r\n\r\n
Boost your employability
\r\nFinding a job after university can certainly be a challenge, particularly when so many students are applying for the same jobs. \r\n\r\nThankfully, by taking up extra responsibilities during your time at university you may be able to stand out from the crowd and become more employable than your peers.\r\n\r\nWhen applying for jobs, student representatives are able to demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude and a determination to work hard and achieve goals. As a course rep, employers are likely to see you as an organised, responsible, and confident individual. Having gained experience in working with both students and academics, you’ll also be able to demonstrate an ability to lead and negotiate.\r\n\r\n
Make a difference
\r\nAs a student representative you’ll get the chance to make a real difference to your fellow students’ education.\r\n\r\nWhether a peer is struggling with a module or a group of students believe a certain aspect of your course could be improved, it’s your responsibility to voice their concerns and try to make a change.\r\n\r\nBy helping to make a difference, you’re likely to improve students’ experience at university and you may even benefit from a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.\r\n\r\nIf you’d like to learn more about being an international student anywhere in the world, please get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.