Being the External Affairs Officer of Asset | International Business & Management, what does that mean? Besides your main task, keeping in contact with companies, there are many other tasks you have to fulfill. But let’s not skip ahead, and start from the beginning. My […]
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Introduction First, let me introduce myself! My name is Wesley Romijn and I am currently 21 years of age. Before I moved to Tilburg for my Bachelor IBA, I lived in a small village called Raamsdonksveer. I started studying here at Tilburg University in September […]
My name is Boyd Vosters and I am currently 22 years of age. Before I moved to Tilburg at the start of my Bachelor IBA, I lived in Reusel (NB). During my bachelor IBA, I went on exchange to the city of Exeter in the UK. Studying at their Business School was a great experience, and I had a great time traveling throughout the UK. After I graduated for my bachelor in the summer of 2018, I faced a decision point.
This relates to the fact that I was active within Asset | International Business & Management for almost three years. I started with the Promotion Committee in 2015. The year after, I was fortunate to organize the first Ski Trip of Asset | IB&M. Since skiing is my biggest passion, it was great to organize the trip for 44 participants as a Chairman together with the committee to Saint Francois Longchamp. After the Ski Trip, I joined the Lustrum and Almanak Committee. This committee work was split up by my exchange, and upon my return, I assisted the Lustrum with the operational tasks. Additionally, I became the Chairman of the Recruitment Dinner in my final year as an active member.
But when I returned from my exchange I noticed that my student life was going at such a pace that I had the feeling that only my academic skills that I required along the way were not enough to prepare me well enough for the future. Since I aspire a job within management and working with people, doing a board year seemed to provide the perfect learning curve to acquire more experience. Additionally, being in the board of an association I was part of in the past years would be a true honor.
So I decided to apply for to function as Chairman of the Board at Asset | International Business & Management and fortunately I got chosen.
Asset | International Business & Management is the study association for the Bachelor IBA and Master International Management. Together with our large group of active members who are dispersed among 28 committees, we organize several events ranging from formal and informal. As the chairman of the association, together with your team of boardies you lead and steer the association to achieving the policy goals that you have set at the start of the year. We organize events based on three pillars, career development, study support, and social cohesion. Since you are the end-responsible, you are basically the CEO of a small company. This is both challenging as it is a fun task.
As the chairman of the association, you have a package of tasks that are related to your function. Every Monday morning you lead the board meetings which assures that your board is updated about topics that require action or involvement. Furthermore, you are part of the Asset General Board where you also hold a portfolio. Here all the chairman of all the departments and MAK take place and meet every Tuesday morning and talk about strategic issues that apply for the whole of Asset. The portfolio that I hold is the Administration Portfolio which makes me the Secretary of Asset. Since we had a new database system at the start of the year it was a big challenge to get everything working and ready for the start of the year. Within IB&M I coordinate two committees which is a bit less in comparison to your fellow boardies because you can be very occupied with both functions.
Besides this, you are also responsible for contact with the university and the respective programs that your study association supports. I meet on an occasional basis with the Academic Directors of IBA and International Management, Jorna Leenheer and Louis Mulotte. Here we discuss on which grounds we can cooperate and help each other with the planning of events.
But most importantly, you have to keep a ‘helicopter view’ of everything that goes on in and around the association and act accordingly if an intervention is required in case there is a deviation from your policy.
Learning along the way
Already from the start onwards, the chairman function offers a steep learning curve that requires quick adaptation. But overall it provides you with experiences that are useful now and in the future. You will learn to prepare meetings quick and being flexible throughout the day since often you do not have a lot of time. Furthermore, you have to represent your association towards other departments in the General Board Meetings of Asset. During certain topics, you have to keep a thorough stance towards other parties in order to make sure the opinion of your association is heard and in line with the opinion of your board. Moreover, you learn plenty of soft management skills that are valuable for your future function within a company.
By the means of this article, I hope I explained what the Chairman function of study association Asset | International Business & Management exactly entails. In case you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via email@example.com!
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For more than 6 months now I have been the Secretary of Asset | International Business & Management. During this year I have learned a lot, in this blog I will tell you more about what this function entails and also my personal experiences.
Let’s start with introducing myself, my name is Manon Verberne and I am 21 years old. I grew up in a village called Horst, which is in Limburg. After high school in I went to Tilburg University to study International Business Administration (IBA). During my second year of IBA, I became active at Asset | International Business & Management and my football association. Two complete different associations were I learned a lot. In my third year I went on exchange to Bangkok, but when I came back to the Netherlands I wanted to do another committee at IB&M since I really liked my previous experiences at IB&M. There are always people with whom you could talk and an open atmosphere, I learned a lot from my committee work and I liked the events they organized, both formal and informal.
Why a board year?
After my exchange, I also started thinking about what to do after my bachelor. I did not know what master to choose, which is why I started looking into all the possibilities and talked with my predecessor about doing a board year. My study was very focused on theory and I wanted to gain more practical experiences which is why I choose for a board year. Next to that, some of my personal skills like leadership and self-confidence could be improved in a board year.
As a secretary, you do not only have to make minutes, respond
to the incoming mail and coordinate committees, there are many other tasks and skills you can learn. As the secretary you are also responsible for the website, you make sure it is up to date and you add new events and committees. In my board year, we even got a new website, which I was allowed to help designing together with my fellow Webmasters. Next to that, there are different portfolios and committees we divide over the board members. I was responsible for the exchange project, study support, pass mentoring, lecture talk schedule, internationalization, and five committees. As you can see, there are many portfolios were I was responsible for, this is because the secretary usually has more free time to work on his/her own projects. Next to the tasks at IB&M, I represent our department in the biweekly meeting with all the secretaries of other departments. Together with the other secretaries, we make sure the database of Asset is up to date and we send the monthly mail to every member.
Key skills that I have learned/improved
– Coordinating and motivating people
– Writing skills
– Organizing big events
However, there will be a time for me to say goodbye and pass my function to someone else. So far, I have had a wonderful time together with my board members and all our active members!
If you are interested in being the Secretary of the board, or about a board year in general, do not hesitate to contact me or my fellow board members. We are very willing to answer all your questions over a cup of coffee or just come by our rooms! On our website, you can find more information and the procedure to apply for a board year.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or drop by at E1.14 for a cup of coffee!
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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 email@example.com, or drop by room E1.14 to have a personal talk!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org! Or visit our website for more information!