As a member of the Board of the Student Union you will have an unique opportunity of developing yourself as a student influencer, making new friends and learning a wide range of working skills. You will get to influence on how the Student Union can be seen among the students and to create an even better Student Union than before. The work for a better student life will begin when you will be elected to the Board of the Student Union for the year 2018.
Working in the Board offers 6-9 students an unique opportunity of leading and developing the Student Union’s daily activities according to the line set by the Student Council. In order to apply for the Board, you do not have to be superhuman. Motivation and eagerness to learn and develop yourself as a part of a year-long work for the better life of students are all you need. As a member of the board you will act as a link between the students and keep in touch with different subjects as an OYY-kummi. You will get to broaden your project management, leadership and organization abilities, improve your social skills and networking, and develop numerous other abilities needed during and after your studies. The year as member of the board will bring along tons of new and exciting friends all over Finland and the opportunity to influence for the benefit of over 11,000 students not only on university level, but on city and nationwide level as well.
Work in the Board of the Student Union is a position of trust, in which the board will for example select the student representatives in multiple different decision-making bodies, arrange events and campaigns, be responsible for the Student Union’s finances, and act as the advocate of the students’ interests. The board members’ tasks vary a lot, which means that you will have a chance of utilizing your special skillset. So please feel free to contact previous board members and ask them about their work in the Board of the Student Union!
Work in the board requires commitment and taking part in weekly activities such as board meetings, project development and political influencing, which all usually take place around office hours. Working in the board is not a full time job, so flexible studies along the work is certainly possible. In order to ensure the livelihood of the board members, all board members receive a monthly paycheck of 500 euros, and the chairperson of the board receives 800 euros a month depending on the board’s size and budget. In 2017, the vice chairperson of board receives and additional payment of 50 euros.
After a year in the board you have received:
- a large network of contacts and new friends all over Finland
- confidence and courage to overcome even the most difficult situations
- unique academic reputation and new perspectives for life
- experience in a wide range of working skills, such as teamwork, project management and conference skills.
All members of the Student Union are eligible for applying for the Board of the Student Union. Please send your application along with your CV to halloped.fi by Nov 28. at 23:59. You can add link to your CV in your application text. In your application, please state whether you are applying for the position of the chairperson of the board or for the position of a member of the board. Also state what kind of abilities you have to help you in the position in question. The Student Council will elect the board members and the chairperson in its meeting on December 5th. All applicants will be interviewed on November 29th, starting at 4pm. Those elected for the board and the board chairperson will receive orientation for the task between the 13th and the 15th of December. The board chairperson will receive additional orientation on the 11th and the 12th of December as well.
In addition, on Tuesday, 14th of November at 12:00, “Ask the Board” will be broadcasted live on Facebook, and those interested in working in the Student Union will have a chance of asking the current board members questions about their work in the Board. The following form can be used to send questions in advance: https://goo.gl/forms/PU5YGuVKJzsnzPLC3
More information about working in the board: Chairperson of the Board Joel Kronqvist, hpj(a)oyy.fi, p. 040 523 1821
More information about the application process: Chairperson of the Student Council Susa Vikeväkorva, epj(a)oyy.fi
The application process has usually been based on the outcome of negotiations between different representative groups, so contact a representative group near you and let them know you are interested in applying for the Board of the Student Union. The earlier the groups know the names of people interested in applying, the earlier they can start the negotiations to get their own applicants through. One or more proposals of the board will be made after the negotiations, and the leading proposal will be accepted during a Student Council meeting on the 5th of December.
Edit 24.11.: Application period for OYY’s Board continues – Apply before 28th Nov 23.59.