This is the minimum amount of time you may be required, however, it's up to you. In my opinion, the more you give the more you can get out of it and the more involved you can be!
My biggest tip is to have a diary. I carry mine everywhere and make sure I enter all my dates in advance. Any meeting requests you receive 9 times out of 10 will be in advance which allows you to plan ahead. I am a final year music student and I manage to juggle my final year course, my own musical activities, the union chair position and even enjoy time with the surf and snow club on campus. It is possible; your time management skills will be on point.
NO! This is not an excuse; I am telling you this is what campaigning is all about. Everyone starts somewhere, I didn't get here based on the people I knew at the time I got here because I campaigned and showed people why I wanted to be in this role. There is so much advice available for campaigning and if you run you will be given a briefing on how to campaign, the rules for the elections and can ask for advice anytime. There is support available. You will know what to do, all you need is your passion for change.
When running for office, I ran with the mind set of positive change and how to make a difference. It presented me with the opportunity to be a part of not only an amazing company but an amazing Union who work with a student focused mind set with a student lead team. Students have a massive voice and it's a once in a life time opportunity to be able to help vocalise student needs, and to be able to make a difference, allowing you to give something back. You are presented with numerous opportunities, you meet a lot of new people and you learn things that you just can't learn whilst sat in lectures. It's a different style of learning but is something you can tell is helping shape you as a person. If you have a passion for positive change and helping people, then you should definitely consider running as an officer. I was first involved in the Union during my second year as Societies Exec Chair and since then I never looked back.
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Yes! Always, your time in office is wonderful and you can get the ball rolling for many things but a year is not always enough time to see the end of your projects. There is still plenty of things I'd love to see happen for the Union Chair and Exec in the future, and have been honoured for the opportunity to play my part in it. Now it's up to you…
If you have any further questions or just want to have a quick chat, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter @ussuchair or if you see me on campus (you'll see my red shirt) come say hi! I'm more than happy to help.