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4 reasons why being Sports President is the best job for students

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As a sabbatical officer Sports President, you will gain an amazing amount of experience, develop new skills, work with the highest levels of the University and lead a registered charity as one of its trustees.

Are you looking for a full-time job from June 2020? Look no further, our Sports President role offers an incredible experience, a salary of £20,000 and the opportunity to lead a network of over 50 sports clubs at the University of Strathclyde.

Nominations for the six sabbatical officer roles within Strathclyde Students’ Union are now open, including our very own Sports President position based in Strathclyde Sport.

1. Gain incredible skills

Through the Sports President role, you will be able to develop desirable skills future employers will be looking for, including: Team work, professionalism, communication skills and public speaking.

Every day is different at Strath Union, you could be introducing students to the Sports Union for the first time through induction talks, working with partners like Strathclyde Sport’s health and fitness team, or helping out students who’ve come to your office. You’ll receive a wealth of experience, in a short amount of time, that you can always call upon in your future careers.

2. Build your self-confidence

As a sabbatical officer, you’re on a journey and part of that adventure is learning more about yourself, your strengths and what you like/dislike. As you settle into the role, you will start to see the impact you’re having directly on students; from the campaigns and events you lead on, to the decisions made in high-level meetings. Having an impact with students is hugely rewarding and your confidence in yourself and your abilities will only grow

3. Thorough training

As a student at the University of Strathclyde, you’re already qualified to take on the role of sabbatical officer. We don’t expect you know everything straight away; you’ll have an opportunity to spend two weeks with the outgoing post-holder before heading out for residential training. Throughout the year you’ll have the opportunity to receive a range of training and experiences to further your learning, including: national conferences such as BUCS, leadership and management courses and peer forums.

4. Support from a team who care

You won’t be doing it alone. As well as five other sabbatical officers within Strath Union, your team, who are on the same journey as you, there’s a family of full-time staff here to support and guide you. You’ll find yourself working alongside all kinds of professionals, from Sport Development to Advice, who are all here to help you and your ideas along. In addition, our close working relationship with Strathclyde Sport will provide you with connections in Marketing & Communications, Performance Sport and Facilities management.

Previous Sports Presidents have gone on to other careers, taking their experience and skills with them. From joining graduate schemes, pursuing a career related to their course or continuing to work in the sport sector. Having had a year (or two!) as Sports President has helped them to reach their goals and career aspirations.

Some people will find confidence they didn’t know they had, others will learn things about themselves that will help them to choose their next steps in life. It’s different for everyone but whatever their experience, our Sports President alumni have often said being a sabbatical officer was the best part of their University experience.

Where will it take you?


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