Getting involved with the union
It’s not the easiest thing in the world finding a job, let alone one in your career path or in a field you love. This is where volunteering becomes invaluable: if you’re after a position that will develop your CV or finally get you doing something you really enjoy.
There’s a massive variety of volunteer roles supported by the students’ union, so take a look, read some volunteer stories and find something to dedicate yourself to. Visit the site here.
Past student positions have included; comic artist, events organiser, marketing officer, website manager, magazine content producers, soccer school coach and many, many more.
Clubs and Societies
You’ll find so many clubs and societies to get stuck in with when you come to Staffs, but why not do some early research? Check out the list of what’s available on the union website here and feel free to get in touch with their committee members if you’ve got any queries.
Of course, if your interest/sport is exclusive enough not to have made it onto the list of existing clubs and societies, you can always start your own! The union will even help out with funding during the early days. Apply to start your own here.
Some of our current students had great things to say about their time with their club or society, check out their stories in the video below.
There are so many opportunities to work with us at the union, in fact it’s the easiest place to find a job, as well as being convenient and safe. Whatever your niche, there’ll be somewhere for you, whether that’s as bar staff in the LRV, Ember Lounge or Verve, in the kitchens, working in the union shops, as an open day rep or working in the union offices.
Keep an eye on the jobs page where we post all of our available positions and send us an application, whether you’re after a better CV or just some extra income.
If you want to make a really big impact during your time at Staffs, you could do worse than running in the annual Leadership Race to become an elected student officer.
Union President for 2014/2015 Mel Ramsay, now working at TheLADBible, told us: “Even if you aren't successful in securing a position, you learn so much whilst running. You can show future employers that you have marketed yourself, ran a campaign and put yourself out there.
“I feel that this really helped me get my current role in the media."
Student Officer for 2015/16, Ash Holland, also explained why a student officer position is like no other: “Before you enter, you might think you've got the whole package, but believe me, six months down the line you're a much better person.
“I thought; I've done organising, I've done event planning, I've done time management, I'm sorted, but what you get from being an officer really helps you to be so broad-minded. I couldn't imagine going to any job and getting the same experience.”
If finance is your bag, there’s also student trustee elections running at the same time as the student officer elections, so jump in, get something really worthwhile for your CV and help your fellow students.
There’s so much more to do with us at the union, from starting your own social enterprise business to joining our Liberation Networks (LGBT+, Women’s, Multi-cultural and Disabled), you’re spoiled for choice.