Hi everyone, My name is Kevin ter Bogt. This academic year I am the Treasurer of Asset | International Business & Management. I am 21 years old and I am from Lichtenvoorde, in the east of the Netherlands. In 2018 I moved to Tilburg to…
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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!
For the past 9 months, I have had the pleasure of being the treasurer of the board of Asset | International Business & Management. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Myrthe Heuer, I am 22 years old and am originally from Kaatsheuvel,…
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 started doing a small first committee at Asset IB&M, which was the promotion committee. After a first orientation year, I started being more active as a member in the second year, as part of the activities committee and my love for IB&M grew. Then I went on an exchange to Brazil and during my exchange, I realized the special atmosphere IB&M had and I knew I wanted to be a bigger part of this and hopefully make it even greater. Now I would like to take a moment to reflect on the past 10 months and see what this has brought me, the ups and also the downs that I had here.
But first, I would like to explain a little what the Vice-Chairman of the board of Asset IB&M does on a daily basis and why I made a choice for this function. As the vice, you will be the closest to the members and in my opinion, the members are the most valuable thing we have at our association. As a vice, you will be coordinating many different committees, with a huge diversity of people. This will lead to a great challenge for your people management skills, which has been very interesting for me. There is always a very different approach needed to motivate a committee to work properly and have them enjoy what they do. As a vice, you work with the heart of our association and every step you make or take will revolve around this.
To start off with the active member policy. You as a vice will be responsible for the ‘recruitment process’ of our members. You want to have a great diversity of people who can help and stimulate each other to get the best out of each other. You will therefore have a talk with as many new/current active members as possible and assess in which group of people you should place them best. Sometimes you will have to intervene when a committee really is not functioning or when personal arguments emerge. You will therefore also have some more difficult conversations with members, but for me, this has been very informative as well. When you set up all the +-25 committees, you can really give people the chance to grow when giving them certain spots or functions. It is really amazing to see members grow so quick in experience throughout the year.
Next to the active member policy and coordinating committees, the vice is responsible for some projects and the year planning. Although the year planning would not sound like the most challenging and exciting task, actually for me it was rather challenging and therefore also very informative. With such a huge active member base (around 150), who indeed are very active, you will really have to plan your 100+ events very well and carefully in order to make the year a success. The planning is quite a strategic task and I have learned a lot from it, since I was not a great planner before my board year.
Next to that, I was responsible for the internationalization of our association, which also has been a very interesting and exciting project for me. Asset IB&M is an international association and therefore we wanted to bring internationals something extra. After my exchange, I realized it can be rather difficult to integrate into a very different culture and therefore, together with my committee, I have set up a brand new buddy programme, which is going very well so far.
Board year at IB&M
With this project, I would like to make a small bridge toward a board year in general at IB&M. Doing a board year at IB&M was one of the best choices in my life, especially on a professional level you will learn more than you would have imagined. You will be much more aware of your skills, but also your flaws and how you should best deal with these. You will have a much clearer idea about what you like, dislike and what you want to do in your career. During a board year at IB&M, I had more freedom of developing ideas than I had expected. The buddy programme was an example for this, but also a ‘Date Dinner Committee’ in which 3 different committees would organize a dinner together every month. This was one of the ways in which I was allowed to further improve the social cohesion of our beautiful association. On the other side, as a coordinator, you will learn to function on the background and make the people in the committees flourish. You will notice how much IB&M means to its members and this makes every strategic choice you make as a board relevant as it will have a great impact. You will therefore have a great impression of how it is to run a small company.
Key things I have learned:
- Strategic planning
- Motivating others
- Work from an idea to a successful project
- Professionalism in a broad sense
- Leadership skills
To end this blog article, I would very much take the chance of thanking everybody who put in their energy for IB&M during my time here. I have very much enjoyed working and partying with all the members and board members. If you are interested in any other experiences of mine during my board year, don’t be afraid to ask me any of your questions, since there is a lot more to tell! Are you interested in doing a board year? There is more information about my function on our website, where you will also find how to apply.
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…