Outside my academic studies I was involved in various projects through the Students' Association. I joined the technical team at the Association in my first year and was appointed Entertainment Convenor (President) by my third. During my year as President I was responsible for the management of a volunteer crew and the organisation of most events held within the Association. After my year in industry, I returned to the technical team as Deputy and started overseeing training for all volunteers. In addition, I acted as Deputy for the Association's Raising and Giving (RAG) week, a charity fundraising week. RAG Week consisted of over 50 events and raised over £20,000 for various charities.
Push yourself to experience new things rather than sticking to what you know. I went to every talk possible during my year in industry and that motivated me to pursue a career outside the laboratory.
Talk to as many people as you can at events, and get contact details! Use Twitter as a resource for articles, its so simple to do on trains or buses so there's no excuse.
Throughout the year I had various tasks such as sourcing raffle prizes, arranging sponsorship and overseeing the ten headline events due to my previous experience running events. I also had to take on roles that were outside my previous experiences when various committee members needed additional help, such as designing posters for online marketing and managing our social media accounts. It was challenging to keep all the various tasks on track and make sure communication was flowing between all the key players; however, I found it the most rewarding period of my degree. Over the course of RAG Week 2016 we were able to convert our £5,000 budget into over £20,000 for charity. It was an amazing success and I look forward to watching RAG Week grow further in the future.
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