Hi there, My name is Wessel Grol and I have been the Vice-Chairman of the board of Asset IB&M over the course of the last 10 months already. I started studying here at Tilburg University in September 2015 and at the same time, I also […]
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Hi everyone, My name is Michael van den Eijnden and for the past 10 months, I have been the External Affairs Officer of the Board of Asset | International Business & Management. Even though this means that my board year is (unfortunately already) slowly coming […]
From September 2017 onwards I have been the Treasurer of Asset | International Business and Management. In this blog I will tell you more about what this function entails, my experiences at IB&M and why you should definitely consider doing a board year.
First, I will briefly introduce myself. My name is Jet Janssen and I am 21 years old. I finished my bachelor International Business Administration last June. Next year I will start my masters in Supply Chain Management. I joined IB&M in the second semester of my first year. From the very first day I felt really welcome and liked the environment at the rooms.
After I came back from my exchange in Sweden I had no idea which master I wanted to do. Moreover, I was not really motivated to study and wanted to gain some practical experiences. So, I decided to apply for a board year at Asset | IB&M.
Luckily, I was accepted as the new treasurer for 2017-2018. During the summer you and your fellow boardies start writing a new policy and dividing committees. As a treasurer you will have to set the budget for upcoming year. This is quite difficult as it is hard to make a prediction of all the incomes and expenses of a whole year. Throughout the year you will not only have to keep track of the budget to make sure we are not making any losses, but also to see if we are not making any profit, since we are an association we are not allowed to make any profit.
In order to keep track of the budget I am responsible for all the in-and-outgoing invoices and I keep track of the budget of all the committees. Moreover, I am checked every quarter by my three predecessors in the Audit of Accounts. During the Audit of Accounts they will check my financial statements to see if there are no mistakes.
Besides my responsibilities as treasurer of IB&M, I also have some responsibilities in the bookkeeping of Asset Tilburg. I am the representative of IB&M in the Treasurers Meeting, where we decide upon the financial matters of Asset Tilburg, and I am responsible for the incoming invoices of Asset Tilburg.
Besides all my tasks as treasurer, I am also the coordinator of six committees. Coordinating committees will teach you a lot about teamwork and motivating people. I like that I have six very different committees ranging from very informal to formal, bachelor to master events and a study trip. In this way I got to organise and experience all different kind of amazing events.
One of the best parts of doing a board year at Asset | IB&M are the members. We have more than 150 active members who drop by our rooms regularly. This makes being at the rooms very fun. It is also nice to see so many of them present at our parties and events and that they have become one big group of friends.
In short: doing a board year at Asset | International Business & Management is organising a lot of great events with amazing people. In this year you will develop yourself professionally as well as personally by learning a lot about teamwork, organising events, leading committees, communication, planning, time management, social skills and many more.
If you are interested in a board year at Asset | International Business & Management do not hesitate to contact me (email@example.com) for more information or drop by at E1.14 for a cup of coffee!
Hi everyone! Time really flies when you are having fun, because it is already time to start looking for the external affairs officer of 2018 – 2019, which (unfortunately) means that my board year is slowly coming to an end. Luckily, I can already look […]
During my time as a secretary of the board of Asset| International Business & Management, I have learned many things and have experienced great things. In this article I will elaborate on my experiences and general tasks.
My name is Eline van de Ven, I am 22 years old and will hopefully finish my bachelor International Business Administration after I pass the Mathematics 2 course in June. After that I will probably pursue a master in Marketing Management, but I still have to make my decision. In my first year of IBA I became active at Asset | IB&M by joining the Combi Symposium Committee, which organized a symposium together with Asset | Economics. After that I became vice chairman of the International Travel Committee, which I enjoyed a lot. We organized a successful trip through Tokyo and Seoul, which included company visits and cultural experiences. After my exchange at City University Hong Kong I joined the Lustrum Committee. When I became a board member I also took over the coordination of the lustrum committee and stayed chef of the gala and dinner.
After my third year I still had three courses left. These were divided over both the first and second semester. Therefore I started looking for something I could do next to these courses. Since I was a member for so long I knew what the tasks of a board member were, and what the atmosphere at IB&M felt like. Moreover, I of course knew what value a board year would add to my Curriculum Vitae. Therefore I applied for a board year and I am still very glad that I decided to join the board!
My tasks during my board year
The tasks of a secretary are not as simple and boring as many people think. Of course I have to write minutes during all meetings that I attend, and I have to take care of incoming mail. Next to my standard tasks, I have a lot of freedom to be creative, to coordinate extra committees, and to be in charge of the website. After a while I learned so much about webdesign that I also created our very own Lustrum Website, which turned out to help alumni find the information they needed. Asset General is currently also in the process of creating a new website. To do this we have created a faculty wide task force in which board members of all departments are taking part.
Next to the tasks I have at Asset | IB&M, I also represent our department in the weekly meeting with all faculty wide secretaries. In these meetings the member database is discussed, and the monthly mail that goes to all members as well.
The Lustrum has been an enormous part of my board year, since I had to take a lot of responsibilities. It turned out great and has thought me to take chances, and to cope with unexpected problems.
During the promotion periods of, for example, Asset In-house days and the EBT, all board members also have to help. Next to that, we are present at all our own events and we help the committees we coordinate wherever they need. The fact that we have both informal and formal committees make for a good balance. As mentioned before I coordinate quite a lot of committees, which is also the reason why my week is mostly filled with committee meetings.
During a board year there are many things that you’ll learn. What I like most is the diversity of committees and the way they work together. All committees are different and need different kinds of guidance. Some need more motivation or coordination than others. This, next to working with my fellow board members full time, teaches me how to work in teams, and formulating my opinion in the right way. I am sure that my board year will help me with my future career. It does not only teach you how to coordinate, but also shows you how you can orientate and get into contact with companies and recruiters.
I really feel like my board year has added something to my personal development. If you want to know more about a board year at Asset | International Business and Management, you can always contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by room E1.14 to have a personal talk!
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Hi there, As most of you know will probably know by now, my name is Tom Greenhead and I have been part of the board of Asset | International Business & Management as External Affairs Officer since January. In this article, I would like to […]
It is November, which means that for the past 9 months already I have had the amazing opportunity to be the vice-chairman of Asset | International Business & Management. In this blogpost, I am very happy to tell you more about what has made this a great experience for me so far!
Let me first tell you something about myself. My name is Daphne van Elferen, I am 21 years old and a third year IBA student. After my exchange to Lisbon I came close to finishing my bachelor and starting the master which I found out I did not want to do yet. I decided that I wanted to challenge myself and do something extra besides my study. From February onwards I will continue my bachelor IBA and hopefully graduate in July.
Three years ago, when I started studying at Tilburg University, I already got in contact with Asset | International Business & Management in the first weeks. I still remember very well, how I walked up the stairs and was searching for the right rooms. I had my talk with Iris van Grootheest, who was the Vice-Chairman at that moment. Together with her, I decided that I would join the First Year Committee, which was a lot of fun. However, after that committee I was searching for something more formal, so I organized the first edition of the Recruitment Dinner. Even though I had a great time during my exchange, I did miss Asset | International Business & Management a bit. So, when I received an e-mail in October 2016 about the board applications, I knew immediately that I had to take this opportunity and walk into the path of being a board member. I sent in my motivation letter, did the interview via Skype and eventually received the phone call, telling me that I was chosen as Vice-Chairman for the board 2017, what a relief that was!
From that moment on my life became a rollercoaster, which does not seem to stop for a year. The day after my announcement I had to fly back to Portugal for my last exam, while two days later I had to be back for my first board meeting. This sentence basically describes your whole board year, because you never really know what to expect and what you will do. However, there are some recurring tasks which I will further explain in this post.
As you can see, a major part of my tasks during the week are meetings. As a Vice-Chairman, you often are the coordinator of most of the committees. Besides that, every week you have the board meeting of Asset | International Business & Management, during which we discuss current issues and update each other. Besides your own department, you are also a member of Asset Academy, which is the Faculty Wide Organ made up of all the vice-chairmen. Together we are responsible for the general promotion of Asset, the organization of the TOP week for Asset and the filling of the Faculty Wide Committees, so here you can use all your creativity. But within Asset, there are also possibilities to join Taskforces combined with other Faculty Wide Organs, making it all very diverse. You can also set up your own plans and projects, after which it is amazing to see the results. I for example, wrote a plan for an internationalization project, which we immediately executed and also received a scholarship for. This is something I did not specifically like about my function, but what I enjoyed doing during a board year at Asset in general. Furthermore, as Vice-Chairman you have many small tasks, among which for example making the year planning, ranking the committees and social media. For this reason, it is very common that you also acquire for example photoshop skills in your board year.
Most MEMORABLE: It is difficult to mention one memorable moment, I know it’s a cliche, but it’s true. Everything you do is dedicated to your active members, and it is amazing to see the dedication you get back from them. That is also what I like so much about my function, to inform and convince potential active members about becoming active and join our activities. The amount of active members has grown a lot last year, and with every Asset activity we show up with significantly most members. Every time, I could open a new subscription form and watch the amount of subscriptions grow each minute, giving an overwhelming and proud feeling. Therefore I think that my most memorable moment so far, is when we showed up with 80 members, also known as the orange army, at the COdE beercantus in March. We all felt a strong connection and it was an overwhelming feeling when we were announced and all started cheering with 80 orange shirts. Luckily, my board year is not over yet, so I know for sure that many more memorable moments will follow.
Are you interested?
In January, my board year will come to an end. On January 11 we will have our announcement drink, during which my successor will be announced. If you are interested in being a board member at Asset | International Business & Management, or if you just want to receive some more information about becoming an active member, don’t hesitate to send an email to email@example.com! Or visit our website for more information!
Introduction In spring 2016, I had been living in Tilburg for eight months, and enjoyed the student life. About one year ago, April 11th, I chaired a committee that organised the Asset Conference. It was the first experience I had with organising such an event. […]
The past 9 months, I have had the amazing and honourable opportunity to be the chairman of Asset | International Business & Management. In this blogpost, I am very happy to tell you more about what has made this a great experience for me so […]
Whilst we were celebrating New Year’s Eve in the cold Netherlands, one of our Asset | IB&M Members celebrated the same event a little bit earlier, in Australia! Because of all the students which are returning from, or leaving to, their exchange country, we decided to do a short interview with an exchange student. Have fun reading and a happy new year from yours truly, the Asset | IB&M Blog Committee!
Tell a little bit about yourself, who are you, how old are you, what are you studying, what are your hobbies etc.
My name is Amber Willemsen and I am 20 years old. I am a third year International Business Administration student at Tilburg University and I just finished an exchange semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My hobbies are, surprisingly, travelling, reading, going out and hanging out with friends.
Why did you choose to go to Australia?
I have always been fascinated by the Australian culture because I felt that they were really laid back. Moreover, I love to travel and Australia seemed to be an amazingly beautiful country and since it’s so remote I figured that it would be an amazing opportunity to go there for a longer period than just a 3-week holiday.
How long have you been in Australia?
I have been in Australia since 12 July. I wanted to take advantage of the fact that our semester in Tilburg ended early. The semester in Australia also started a bit earlier compared to other exchange countries (1st of August) and I wanted to give myself some time before that to get used to the country and the people.
What did you enjoy the most/least about Australia?
I love how friendly the people are here. I always thought that we were friendly back home but compared to Australians we are really awful people. They literally say thank you for anything you do and they want to help you with everything. They always answer with: ‘no worries’, which I think is a great saying. I also like that the long period of time that I’m spending in Australia gave me the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and to also travel the Australian Coast, both are really beautiful. Besides that, going on exchange gives you the best opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world! I have made so many good friends during my stay here.
What are the biggest differences you’ve experienced between your university here in the Netherlands and the university in Australia?
The university that I attended was more practical than Tilburg University. For one course I had to write an essay which seemed a bit scary at first but after I finished it I came to realize that it actually helped me to understand the topic better. Besides that, there are more assignments that you have to make and the final grade is less based on a final exam. They usually only account for 40 to 50%.
Did you experience any minor or major cultural differences?
I can actually only name a minor difference and that’s the formality towards professors. Here, everyone calls their professor by their first name! I once even walked to the train station with one of my professors and I think that would almost never happen back home (very rarely at least)
Are there any business-related subjects which are treated differently in Australia?
I have noticed that all the business courses are completely focused on the Asian markets.
Would you say Australia is more advanced than the Netherlands?
No, it’s similar.
So far, what’s your most memorable moment of your stay in Australia?
My most memorable day was celebrating New Year’s at the Harbour Bridge in Sydney with one of the most famous fireworks in the world.
We hope you had fun reading our first article and we’re looking forward to providing you with more interesting content this year! Till next week!
Last November, the Consultancy Days Tilburg took place. One of the participants, Lauri Tarkiainen, wrote a review about his experiences during the event. Exploring Consultancy The Consultancy Days were organized on November 16, 17 and 18 by Asset|International Business & Management and Asset|Strategy & Logistics. […]
9 months ago, I started my journey as a full-time board member at Asset | International Business & Management. Even though it seems like yesterday when I started, it is time to start looking back at an amazing year. INTRODUCTION For those who don’t know […]
For the past 9 months, I have had the opportunity to do a board year at the wonderful study association Asset | International Business & Management. In a few months it will be time to look back and to say goodbye to a great year filled with unforgettable memories. It has been an amazing year!
Let me first explain a little bit about myself. My name is Fleur van den Heuvel, I am 19 years old and I am currently a fourth-year IBA and third-year Tax Economics student. I have lived in Tilburg for almost three years now, and in August 2015 I decided that I wanted to do something extra besides my study.
I got in touch with IB&M when I joined the ETC in 2014, and really liked the people. That’s why I decided to join the International Committee. This has been one of the best decisions that I made during my student life. I joined almost all of the parties, and got to know many active members.
In October 2015, I saw an email that board applications for the year 2015 had been opened. I immediately decided to send my motivation letter, since I was very excited to spend a year working with fellow board members and around 100 active members full-time.
A week in the life of a Vice-Chairman
|Morning||Board meeting IB&M|
|Afternoon||Committee meeting + talk with a (possible) new active member|
|Evening||Participants dinner for ETC|
|Morning||Talk with a (possible) new active member|
|Afternoon||Flyering on campus + answering emails|
|Afternoon||Asset Academy meeting|
|Evening||Committee dinner + Asset Party: Kick-Off|
|Morning||Preparing for the International Career Event|
|Afternoon||International Career Event|
|Morning||Board training by ORMIT|
|Afternoon||Board training by ORMIT|
|Evening||Time for our board weekend!|
As you can see, my weekly schedule is fairly hectic. Of course the schedule varies every week, but this is just an indication of what my week looks like.
On Monday, we have a meeting with the board of IB&M. During this meeting we discuss issues that our association is facing, our committees, and our events.
The Asset Academy is a weekly meeting with all vice-chairman of all Asset departments. We promote Asset in general, which means that we discuss issues like the Asset Member Card, the Faculty-Wide Committees, and the TOP-week.
As a board member, you have the opportunity to get trainings by companies who are specialized in ensuring you make the most of your board year. This year we receive trainings by Power2Improve, but we have also arranged a board training by ORMIT. This training will teach us more about cooperation within a team, so it will help us in working together on a day-to-day basis.
The tasks as a Vice-Chairman
As a board member, you have all kinds of tasks throughout the week. As a vice-chairman, I am responsible for everything involving active members. I have talks with members who want to do a committee here at Asset | International Business & Management and make sure all active members feel at home. We have around 100 active members and 20 committees at the moment, so you can imagine that it can be quite chaotic at times!
Next to that I coordinate 5 committees with which we have weekly meetings. All board members also have varying tasks, which for me include for example making a year planning for the upcoming year and managing some social media accounts.
Are you interested?
In January, my board year will come to an end. On January 12 we will have our announcement drink, during which my successor will be revealed. If you are interested in being a board member at Asset | International Business & Management, or if you just want to receive some more information about becoming an active member, don’t hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!