As a member of the Executive Board of the Student Union you have a unique opportunity to develop yourself as a student influencer, make new friends, and learn a wide range of work-life skills. You get to influence how OYY is made visible to the student body and to create a Student Union that is better than ever before. Your work for a better student life begins when you are elected to the Executive Board of the Student Union for the year 2019.
The Board of 2018
Working in the Board offers 6-9 students a unique opportunity to manage and develop the Student Union’s daily activities according to the Student Council’s policy. You do not have to be superhuman to apply for the Executive Board: all you need is motivation and eagerness to learn and develop yourself during your year of working towards making a better life of students. As a member of the board you act as a bond between students, and as an OYY-kummi you get to communicate closely with different fields and disciplines. You get to expand your abilities in project management, leadership and organizing, to improve your social skills, to network, and to develop numerous other abilities needed during and after your studies. A year on the Executive Board will get you amazing new friends from all over Finland and the opportunity to advocate for over 11,000 students on the university, city, and nationwide levels.
Your position in the Executive Board is a position of trust, in which you get to, for example, select the student representatives for multiple different decision-making bodies, arrange events and campaigns, be responsible for the Student Union’s finances, and to advocate for the students’ interests. Members of the Executive Board work in all kinds of varying positions, which means that you will have a chance to utilize your own skillset. You might want to contact previous board members to ask them about the work they did!
Working in the Executive Board requires commitment and attendance in weekly activities such as board meetings and discussions, project development, and political influencing, all which usually take place during office hours. Working in the board is not a full-time job, so flexible studying while working is possible. In order to ensure the livelihood of board members, they receive a monthly paycheck of 500 euros, and the Chair receives approx. 800 euros a month depending on the size of the Executive Board and its budget. In 2018, the Vice Chair of the Executive Board receives an 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 capital and new perspectives for life
- experience in a wide range of working skills, such as teamwork, project management and conference skills
How to apply:
All members of the Student Union are eligible for the Executive Board of the Student Union. Please send your application along with your CV in PDF-form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm on November 22nd. In your application, please state whether you are applying for the position of the Chair of the Executive Board or for the position of a member of the board. Also state what applicable abilities you have that would help you in the position in question. The Student Council will elect the board members and the Chair in its meeting December 3rd. We will organize an event where all candidates will be interviewed in Napa-restaurant on Linnanmaa campus starting 5 pm on November 27th.
The newly elected Chair as well as those elected to be members of the Executive Board will receive orientation for their tasks between December 10th and 23rd. The orientation time table is TBA.
More information about working on the Executive Board: Chair of the Executive Board Kalle Parviainen, hpj(a)oyy.fi, p. 040 523 1821
More information about the application process: Chair of the Student Council Elisabet Shnoro, epj(a)oyy.fi.
The decision on who gets chosen for the Executive Board has usually been based on the outcome of the negotiations between different representative groups, so contact a representative group near you and let them know you are interested in applying for the Executive Board of OYY. The sooner the groups know the names of people interested in applying, the sooner 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 preferred proposal will be accepted during the Student Council meeting held on the 3rd of December.