Tips: Leeds MASSoc Annual General Meeting 2015

Tips for the upcoming Annual General Meeting:
  1. Prepare your speech. Time your drafts. You have two minutes, so think carefully about what to say.
  2. Say things that matter e.g vision, direction.
  3. Show that you’re capable, not by saying you’re capable, but through citing an example of you being capable of getting things done.
  4. Remember that it’s better to cite relevant experiences for the applied position, but it’s not necessary as these duties are never restricted to their own position. Transferrable skills, tau?
  5. Know the ins and outs of the society before making remarks, especially on improving the society. Makes you sound more credible. Ask someone from the committee if you need to.
  6. Be professional. Specifically, composed. Take shit from people if you need to, and respond appropriately to tough questions.
  7. Show that you can MAKE time for the society.

I’ve met people who have doubts about taking on more responsibilities. Things are easier if you think of it as helping fellow Malaysians in Leeds, rather than it being another burden on top of university work. Know that you will be in a better position to make positive change too, and of course it boosts your CV. Speaking of which, there are some people who will apply for pretentious-sounding positions JUST to make their CV sound nice. The better reason to apply would be to actually do something for the society. If you’re applying for both reasons, that’s even better!

Note: when describing your experiences to employers, you will need to have done something in order to do so. So, just getting a position no matter how nice it sounds will not be enough. 

Tips for each position:

If you think all the president does is delegate and network, bad.
If you think involves helping anyone at anytime for anything, good.

If you think all the vice president does is help the president, bad.
If you think involves helping anyone at anytime for anything, good.

If you think all the secretary does is write minutes, bad.
If you think it involves managing internal affairs of the committee i.e paperwork, meetings and all other reports, good.

If you think all the treasurer does is ‘handle money’, bad.
If you think it involves determining budgets, controlling spending and overseeing the society’s account, good.

If you think all the publicity director does is post things on Facebook, bad.
If you think it involves overseeing the society’s e-mail account, put thought into words, and process information, good.

If you think all the sports director does is book courts, bad.
If you think it involves organising MASSoc games, liaising with sportspersons from different universities and societies, and gathering people for sports socials, good.

If you think all the technical director does is take photos, bad.
If you think it involves designing logos and cover photos, and handling all sorts of equipment, good.

If you think all the welfare director does is cook (which is actually A LOT of work), you’re almost there.
If you think involves taking care of Malaysians in any way possible, whenever possible, good.

If you think all the entertainment director does is organise entertainment-related events, bad.
If you think it involves taking the lead in organising MNight, and giving entertainment value to all of the society’s events, good.

To the current committee, it’s been a rewarding experience working with you guys. All the best in your future endeavours. Here’s a really nice picture of all of us:

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