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Board Series #2: Meet our Vice President & Secretary, Theresa!

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Are you going to be a master student in the next academic year, and do you want to complement your studies with an unforgettable experience? Are you interested in marketing, are you eager to be handling the association's administration and all communication channels, and do you want to represent AEclipse to all its stakeholders? Then you should become the next Vice President & Secretary at AEclipse! Keep reading to find out more about the position and what a board year at AEclipse could look like for you!

AEclipse is opening its Board Recruitment for the next academic year 2022-2023. We have interviewed our Vice President & Secretary Theresa, so that you can get to know her and her role at AEclipse a bit better:

First of all, tell us about your position at AEclipse? What are you responsible for?

My role at AEclipse includes several tasks and responsibilities. I am the first contact point for anyone that wants to get in touch with the association, whether it’s other associations for potential joint events or companies for marketing collaborations. Also, I am there for every student that has a question about our upcoming events or their membership.

However, the majority of my time goes to marketing-related activities. Everything that you see or hear about from AEclipse is probably organised by me: our website, the blog, our social media channels like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and UniLife, our newsletter to members and AElumni, and other direct mailings. This of course requires that I am constantly in touch with the rest of the Board to decide how to best market our events, what channels to use, etc. On top of that, I am also responsible for some data analysis and reporting to provide companies with feedback after collaborations, or to help my fellow board members with insights concerning our members and which types of events they would enjoy most.

Why AEclipse?

I think the nicest thing about AEclipse is that it is a study association organised for and by master students. Because we ourselves are master students, we understand what our target audience wants and what type of events are most appealing to them. Also, we take care of three ESE master studies with about half of the students being internationals. We have an international board and all communication is done in English. So no matter where you’re from, you can find your place at AEclipse!

Another nice thing is that Board positions at AEclipse are all part-time, so you can still focus on your studies and social life while being part of AEclipse. Also, we are a rather small association, which gives all Board members a lot of room to make their own decisions and steer the association in a direction that they find appropriate, but also to grow personally and professionally.

What are the benefits of a Board year at AEclipse?

Adding to what I have just mentioned, you get a lot of responsibilities. At the end of the day you are your own boss and you are responsible for the decisions you make. For my positions, this means that I am responsible for planning the marketing strategy and branding of AEclipse but also for the specifics of each event promotion. Further, you are in charge of your own budget which you need to learn how to use best. Compared to an internship, at AEclipse you have a greater variety of tasks, which also means that you can develop more skills, you have more responsibilities and it is completely flexible!

It is also the best place to network and make new friends! You meet a lot of students, active members of other associations, and of course spend a lot of time with your fellow board members which will soon become friends. You are also in contact with companies, to plan collaborations with them.

As you will be responsible for your own committee, you will also improve your leadership skills by leading meetings, distributing tasks and making sure deadlines are met. This year, I have two great marketing committee members that are helping me with design creations, writing blog posts, and preparing contents for the newsletters as well as surveys after bigger events.

Another nice perk is that AEclipse has an office on campus, currently located in the G Building. From there you can work, or hold meetings with your fellow board members, your committee, or other representatives.

How much time do you spend on your tasks?

I would say roughly around 10 to 12 hours per week. At the beginning of the academic year it is a bit busier as you do not have a committee yet, but then it all depends on how you distribute the tasks between you and your committee, and how many people you have helping you. Of course, during exams we do not organise any events which allows you to have some extra time to focus on your studies.

Are there any requirements for someone that wants to apply for this position?

Not really! This is a learning opportunity for all master and pre-master students of ESE that have an interest in marketing and design. Some basic knowledge in these areas could be helpful, but it is not a strict requirement. You need to be well-organised, and open to be the first point of contact for lots of different people. Lastly, you should be able to plan ahead and meet the deadlines you set for yourself.

If you still have questions about how a Board year as a Vice President & Secretary at AEclipse looks like, you can book a chat with Theresa via this webpage to have your questions answered before you formally apply! Do you see yourself as the next Vice President & Secretary at AEclipse after reading this interview? Then apply directly via our website and send us your CV via email. We look forward to meeting you!

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