Curious about how I experienced my board year? In this article, I will tell you a bit more about being the External Affairs Officer of Asset | International Business & Management. First thing first, let me introduce myself; My name is Laura van Wesel, I…
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My name is Ron Lether and for the past 10 months, I have been the Vice-Chairman of Asset | IB&M. I started studying IBA in 2016 and also started doing committee work at the beginning of that year. In my first year, I was the secretary of the Blog Committee. Taking notes of the committee meetings and helping with the layout and articles of our blog were my main tasks. In my second year at IB&M, I joined the Second Year Committee and we organized some fun events such as a hitchhike competition. Before I started my third and last year as an active member, I went on exchange to Stockholm, Sweden. I had an amazing time, and after I came back from Sweden, I became the chairman of the Yearbook Committee. I realized that my time at IB&M was not done yet at, so after an internship of 6 months at Tesla, I applied to become the new Vice-Chairman of Asset | IB&M.
Why did I choose to do a board year?
I have always regretted not being a very ‘active’ active member in my first year of IB&M. I mostly still had to find my way in a new environment, living with people my age and not with my parents anymore, and being completely free to do what you want, when you want. When I became a lot more active in my second year and eventually also in my third year, I got the urge more and more to prevent other people to make the same mistake as I did. I have met amazing people at this association and wouldn’t replace the memories and friendships with anything else! So initially, my first reason to do a board year was to help new students meet like-minded people and establish great friendships there, and what better position to make sure of that, than the one of Vice-Chairman.
My second reason for doing a board year was the continuing struggle of choosing a master. After I finished my bachelor, I already narrowed my possibilities down to Supply Chain Management, Marketing Management, and Marketing Analytics. Because I still found all three equally interesting, I first wanted to do an internship in either Supply Chain or Marketing (also because the position of Vice-Chairman would open at the start of the second semester). I got the opportunity to do an internship in Logistics & Supply Chain at Tesla which was very different from what student life and university life was. I had to get used to the work culture and the way you have to interact with people from different countries and educational backgrounds. I developed myself immensely during that half year but I still was not fully satisfied with the work I did and the future prospect I had in this sector. Because I also wasn’t quite sure if Marketing would then be the right decision it was even more confirmation that I still needed some time to gain experience and orient myself.
What does a board year as Vice-Chairman look like?
As a Vice-Chairman at IB&M, you will have a lot of different tasks ranging from small to very big. Firstly, you are the contact person of the board that is responsible for the members and their functioning within the association and the committee. Besides that, there are some big and important tasks or projects you are responsible of such as the Active Member Policy, Year Planning, and Social Media.
The Active Member Policy is seen as the most important task of the Vice-Chairman. As the Vice-Chairman, you are responsible for the recruitment of our active members as well as the recruitment of passive members of Asset General. Since we are a big department with a lot of committees, social cohesion between the different committees is one of the most important aspects the Vice-Chairman has, especially now. As a board, we try to enhance that is through committees such as the Date Dinner Committee and Activities Committee, but as a Vice-Chairman, you also want to provide committees to have diversity and learn from others when they work closely together in a committee. You will try to optimize this by having both introductory talks with new members as well as having evaluation talks with current members to see where they can develop themselves best. Making a division of the different people you have talks with and know on a personal level is a very interesting challenge which is also a very nice learning opportunity. Moreover, it gives an extra boost after you made the division, when you see that committees get along and start to loosen up a bit and start to develop friendships.
Next to the active member policy (which you will make during the summer break), your first challenge is to make the entire year planning of the association. IB&M hosts 100+ events every year, so it is quite a challenge to make them perfectly fit throughout the year. You will have to keep the Carnaval, exams, Christmas, Summer vacation, University planning, and Asset General year planning in mind when making the year planning. Nowadays with COVID-19, you will have to review the year planning week by week to see if everything is still possible.
My personal favorite task to do was the promotion of the association. Normally this is done mostly on campus through flyers and banners and lecture talks, but currently we have focused almost solely on online promotion. As the Vice-Chairman, I am responsible for the social media plan and the planning of online promotion. At the start of the new academic year I worked together with Janne (Secretary) to make a social media plan. Also, this year we focused more on making after movies of events to give students a good impressions of what we do on a yearly basis. This is a good example of new small projects you can pick up or make during your board year.
Next to that you are also a representative of IB&M in the Faculty Wide Organ ‘Public Relations’. In the Public Relations Meeting, you and the other Vice-Chairmen of the departments discuss topics related to the Asset General events such as ticket division and locations, the TOP-week and TOP winter week, and the Promotion of Asset General. It is very interesting to have this separate responsibility in your weekly tasks since you will have discussions with people that have very different opinions and motivations for dilemmas. It will help you in communicating and motivating your opinions and that of the board out of your department’s perspective.
What did you learn during your board year?
First and foremost, I have learned how to deal with setbacks and how to quickly solve problems by thinking out of the box and quickly shift focus. From the start of my year, we had to regularly postpone events or quickly resolve issues with physical events that were not really possible in an online setting. This makes you even more capable of working together and gain trust in one another. Even more so, when somebody is feeling a bit down because of a setback it becomes more important to resolve the issue together and be happy with the decisions you make as a board.
Next to this, you will learn a lot of things along the way such as coordinating of small teams, prioritizing tasks in busy periods, working in a team both on a daily basis and on a weekly basis, networking with companies and other associations, and communicating in a professional way.
Would you recommend doing a board year, even in these times?
Absolutely! Although the first ‘Lockdown’ was quite a disappointing moment, mostly because it had never happened before, nowadays everyone can rely more on past experiences of associations and the board and can act more proactive on new guidelines. We also experienced that now in comparison to the first lockdown, you can handle with a bit more confidence since you know what the worst-case scenario is, and you know how online events can be organized. As with every board year, there are plenty of challenges to take on, experiences to have, and skills to learn, only slightly different than normal years.
Laurens van Hest on his exchange to Turku, Finland 2020 Fall semester. “What, you actually are on exchange?” This question has been asked to me so many times the last few weeks that I have lost count at this point, however, it did make me…
This year has been an amazing rollercoaster. Where do I start? My name is Gijs Korthout and I am 20 years old. Currently, I am an External Affairs Officer of study association Asset | International Business & Management. Asset | IB&M is the study association…
My name is Britt and I am currently following the Strategic Management master. I started my master in February, which means I am following the Entrepreneurship track. Besides my study, I work as a student assistant for the Academic Director of MSc Strategic Management. Last year, I also became an active member at Asset | Strategy & Logistics, where I organised the Consultancy Days together with Asset | IB&M. Currently, I am doing a full-time board year at Asset | Strategy & Logistics, so have paused my study. But I will continue my master in September and at this time I will start working on my thesis.
As I already said before, I am doing the entrepreneurship track of the MSc of Strategic Management. I chose this master because I wanted to get an insight into the current challenges that businesses are facing, such as new innovations or new competitors entering the market. In the master, you learn how to make strategic decisions that determine the long term vision of a company. Often these are decisions that are made by the management team within a company, and it is great to get insight into how these decisions should be made. It also teaches you how to use data in an appropriate way to support these decisions.
The Entrepreneurship track specializes in entrepreneurial behavior in large firms and the creation of new business. I am not particularly interested in starting my own business, however I really like the idea of being an “intrapreneur”, which is an entrepreneur within a large company. I like to come up with creative ideas and be innovative, and this track specifically focusses on how to also achieve this in large businesses. If you start this MSc in September you will follow the consultancy track, which only differs with the entrepreneurship track on two courses: Strategic Consultancy and Strategy Analytics.
The courses I get during this Master are sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategy implementation, international management, business-level strategy, corporate-level strategy and research skills. Corporate entrepreneurship is my favourite course because it specifically focusses on innovation within large companies. I also like the course sustainable entrepreneurship since this is a very “hot topic” right now, and I think it is of added value to have some background information about it.
“I am not particularly interested in starting my own business, however I really like the idea of being an “intrapreneur”, which is an entrepreneur within a large company“
I followed a bachelor at the university of applied science, International Business. The main difference between my bachelor and my master is that my bachelor was a lot more practical. However, in the master, there still are many group assignments that you have to work on, which still makes it quite a practical master program in my opinion. We also have a lot of discussions about the articles, which I didn’t really have in my bachelor. You will have to do a lot of reading and most of these are articles. We don’t use any books in the master.
As I mentioned before I have not yet started working on my thesis but I plan to do it at the university instead of writing it at a company. The reason for this is that I want to do a quantitative thesis, so I can just use data from the databases at the university. I have thought about doing my thesis at a company as well, but most of the time you will do a qualitative thesis in this case, which mostly focuses on interviews etc.
I also have the feeling that most MSc Strategic Management students do their thesis at the university since it is often quite difficult to do a thesis at a company about a subject that covers a scientific strategic problem. Also, it can be difficult to mediate between the university and the company, as companies often want practical solutions, but for the university you have to focus on scientific problems. So, in my opinion, it will be easier to just use the data from the university.
I hope I gave you an idea what the entrepreneurship track of Strategic Management is like and if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me!
My name is Ties and I’m a 5th year student, who is planning to graduate next January. I have started the Consultancy Track of the master Strategic Management last September. Next to my studies I have been active at Asset | IB&M, Vidar and I did…
I am Koen Salet, currently 22 years old and following the master’s in Accountancy. If you are a member of Asset | IB&M, you might know me from the committees I participated in during the last couple of years. I started in 2016 as a writer of the blog committee, followed by a year as the chairman of the activities committee, and last but not least, I was a member of the first ‘Manager for a Day’ event. In between the last two committees I also went on exchange to Finland, a time I will genuinely never forget in my life.
As said, right now I am following the master’s program in Accountancy at Tilburg University. Before I started this master’s program, I finished the bachelor business economics, also at Tilburg University. I already liked all of the accountancy courses that were offered in the bachelor’s program, and that is the main reason I chose to continue with the master’s in Accountancy. Also, I was not really interested in the other masters that Tilburg University has to offer, so it was a clear choice for me.
As of this year, the program of the master Accountancy is completely renewed. The thesis of this master is divided into three minor assignments; (1) a business application, in which you link a relevant academic accountancy topic to a company that faces a problem related to that topic, (2) a replication study, in which you compare a study that already has been conducted with a study you do yourself in a different setting, and (3) a research note, which is a small research you do on your own topic, comparable with a bachelor’s thesis. Because of this so-called ‘Master File’, the workload is more dispersed throughout the year, and your master’s does not end with a big thesis. Therefore, all the four periods (since you work in quarterly periods) include two courses and one assignment of the master file. However, the research note takes two periods, so it starts in February and ends around June.
“All of the courses lineup really well together, and there is a really good distribution between academically relevant and practically relevant courses”
All of the courses lineup really well together, and there is a really good distribution between academically relevant and practically relevant courses. The academically relevant courses can sometimes be a bit long-winded, but afterwards you will have a lot of knowledge on all kinds of different topics in the accountancy world. Therefore, one may experience these courses as ‘boring’, but if you are interested in accountancy, you will see the bigger picture throughout these courses, and it is actually quite interesting.
The biggest difference with my bachelor’s is that I really am doing something right now that I enjoy. In the bachelor’s we face courses on all the four pillars of business economics, where I just had no or little interest in the other three pillars. It is, therefore, in my opinion way easier to motivate yourself to follow the lectures and study for the courses that you are interested in. Another big difference is the amount of group projects. Every course in the master has one or more group assignments, which can be annoying but also really educational. These assignments are constructed in such a way that you will better understand the course materials and that you can apply them in the future at your job. It’s also really convenient that you can discuss certain issues that you are facing in the course with your fellow team members.
Currently, I am writing the last past of my Master File – the research note – at one of the big four accounting firms in Eindhoven. Due to the corona crisis, which we are now all facing, I am also working from home, but the first 2 months at the office were actually really nice. The thesis internship is a very common thing to do when you are doing your master’s in accountancy. Because most of the people that study Accountancy are going to work at an accountancy firm, it is really nice to already get to know your colleagues and the workplace environment. I personally chose for a big four firm, but there are also lots of smaller firms where you can start a thesis internship. I would really encourage this if you think about working in the accountancy sector, since it is a really nice step into the world that follows after university.
I hope that my personal experiences can help you in choosing whether this master’s is something for you, or maybe it is not at all. If my story still left something unanswered, feel free to contact me!
Good luck with your study choice!
What it is like to be an International Management Masters Student… My name is Charlie Mhaitang. I am 24 years old. Born in Thailand, raised in the Netherlands. I am a master’s student studying “International Management” at Tilburg University. In my professional career, I want…
The University elections are coming up! On April 21, 22 and 23, you can vote for who you would like to see as your representative in the University Council and Faculty Council.
The University council decides on projects concerning the entire university, such as study places or international student housing.
The Faculty Council is working on the level of TiSEM. They can discuss faculty specific subjects like quality of education and career orientation.
In this article, you can read what drives Michelle Engelen, #3 on the list of Student Party ECCO, to participate in the elections for the Faculty Council.
My name is Michelle Engelen and I am currently in my final semester of IBA. About a month ago, I was elected by ECCO to become a member of the 2020-2021 board. For the ones who are unfamiliar with ECCO: ECCO is a student party that represents all students of TiSEM in its faculty council. Our areas of focus are career development, quality of education, and student welfare.
During my first and second year, I have noticed that many students, including myself, have many thoughts about how to improve the courses, content, teaching, etc. of our programs. I believe that we, as students, can provide valuable feedback and ideas to our academic directors and the faculty TiSEM to increase our student experience at Tilburg University. For this reason, I have joined the Sounding Board from year 1, and I have been a member of the Education Committee in my second year. During the sounding board meetings I really noticed that everyone and every critique, opinion or idea is taken seriously by the academic director. You could tell that she is continuously trying to improve the program, and in this way trying to improve our student time at Tilburg University. The impact that students could make motivated me to join the Education Committee in my second year of IBA. The Education Committee provides (un)solicited advice on, amongst others, the quality of education to the Academic directors and the Vice-Dean Education. I am truly convinced that it is important to get students involved in the decision-making at all levels of the university because we might view or experience things differently.
“I really noticed that everyone and every critique, opinion or idea is taken seriously by the academic director”
Again, I noticed the value of students at university boards and that is why I decided to take the next step, which was applying for a board year at ECCO. Hopefully, I can give a voice to all TiSEM students, including (and importantly) international students, via this position. I aspire to increase or improve the opportunities TiSEM offers to prepare you for the real deal, namely your future job. Besides, I want to focus on improving the internationalization of our programs, as I think it is important for both Dutch students and international students to get (the best) international experience possible.
If you have any suggestions or points to put forward regarding the faculty, please send me a message via email, Facebook or LinkedIn.
The elections will take place from April 21st– 23rd this year, so vote to be represented!
The University elections are coming up! On April 21, 22 and 23, you can vote for who you would like to see as your representative in the University Council and Faculty Council.The University council decides on projects concerning the entire university, such as study places…
Over the course of the past 9 months, I have had the opportunity to be the External Affairs Officer of the Board of Asset | International Business & Management. In this blogpost, I will tell you more about what has made this such a great…
Over the course of the past 9 months, I have had the amazing opportunity to be the Secretary of the Board of Asset | International Business & Management. In this blogpost, I will tell you more about why I decided to do a board year and what my experiences were.
Before getting into more detail about why I did a board year, the tasks of a secretary and my experiences in general, I will give a short introduction about myself. My name is Cliff de Peijper, 21 years old and grew up in a small village called Oud Gastel. In my second year of IBA, I moved to Tilburg and became active at Asset | IB&M in the IBA Committee. After this first year at IB&M, I went on a great exchange to Hong Kong. In the last semester of my Bachelor, I wanted to develop other skills than in the IBA Committee and joined the Business Club Committee. By being in one of the most time intensive committees, I realized that I really enjoyed my time at IB&M, both because of the fellow members but also the committee work, and was not ready to leave the association yet.
Why a board year?
As mentioned above, I really liked the two years of being active at IB&M. After finishing my Bachelor, I was not sure yet which Master to do and. Apart from that, I did not feel like being graduated and starting to look for a job in a year from then. Furthermore, being able to run your own little ‘company’ including several teams, seemed to be an opportunity that cannot be done in any other situation at this age. Apart from that, there are certain skills which you cannot obtain by just studying, that I thought I could learn by doing a board year. These skills include a professional way of communicating, team management, crisis management, and time management. Hence, during my last semester of IBA, I decided that I wanted to apply.
Tasks of a Secretary
As a secretary, there are several core tasks which you will take on. These include: making minutes during board meetings, responding to incoming email and coordinating committees. Apart from that, a secretary has to attend two Faculty Wide Organs every week: the Webmasters Meeting and Secretary Meeting. In these two, you will meet with all fellow Webmasters and Secretaries of other departments to discuss issues that concern all departments or Asset | Tilburg.
Next to that, there are several portfolios that will be divided among boardies. I was responsible for study support, internationalization, the lecture talk schedule, formal social media and the coordination of 5 committees. This might sound like quite a lot of side-tasks. The reason for this is that a secretary usually has more time available to work on projects because the core tasks tend to take less time than in other functions. Other interesting projects I took on were: having a supportive role in organizing events for the IBA Business Class, representing IB&M in meetings for the upcoming ‘Board Connection Day’ and setting up the new ‘Manager for a Day’ event together with the committee.
In short, a secretary has a wide variety of responsibilities. In this way, you will be involved in a lot of operations going on within the association and you will be in touch with several organs. Apart from that, there is a lot of time to take on projects of your own interest.
Key skills that I have developed
In the paragraphs above, I have been talking quite a lot about developing myself during the past year. I can imagine that this seems quite abstract, so I would like to point out some of the skills I have developed in the past year.
– Argumentative skills
– Crisis Management
– Organizing events
All in all, my board year has been a unique opportunity to develop myself, meet a lot of wonderful people, expand my professional network, and above all, have lots of fun. The formal events we organized were a great experience, but of course all our informal events with members were unforgettable and gave my motivation a boost.
Now it is time for me to continue with a Master and pass my function on to someone else.
Are you possibly interested in becoming my successor? Subscribe for our virtual board information session on Monday March 30 at 13:00 ‘o clock via: https://www.asset-ibm.nl/event/board_info_session/. Moreover, you can always shoot me a message or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a (virtual) coffee to discuss my experiences in more detail and/or answer all questions you might have!