The last term of university means many different things. Maybe you completed your first year, or you’ve just graduated but at most we are all experiencing an end, in one way or another. This period also marks a time where student associations are opening up with opportunities to become board members. This comes with a lot of triumphant moments, yet also a lot of rejections. I’m going to be honest, after applying to a few associations, I’ve had my fair share of rejections. Aside from those, I’ve also come away with a few more opportunities, but more importantly, I’ve come away with experience.
Yes, sometimes rejection does hurt, especially when it comes to something that you really wanted. However, what you learn is far more beneficial in the long run. Some might already know how to do this, but for me, this was the first time I had to sit and think about how to construct a CV. So, for those of you out there still kind of lost, I completely get you. Though, with the amount of CV’s you’ll end up writing at some point (cater your CV’s according to what you’re applying to by the way!), you’ll end up finding a rhythm and mastering the art of writing it and your motivation letters. Remember, it’s the way you present your experience, not the experience itself.
Once you submit your CV and motivation letter, they might set an interview with you. This can be nerve-wracking but make sure you’re prepared for the interview. Think of some questions you’d like to know about the association and the position you’re applying for. Really understand the association’s ethos, as it’ll come in handy to really portray yourself as someone that they need. Furthermore, make sure that you feel confident going into it, for instance, I put on a full face of makeup just for a 30-minute interview because I felt good doing it. Also, for the life of me, if they ask you how much time you’ll be dedicating to the role, please say it’ll have your full attention, and not that you’ll be balancing two board member roles at the same time. Learn from my mistakes.
The most difficult part of this process is the waiting period, not really sure about whether you’ll get it or not. Congratulations if you do, it’s okay if you don’t, fingers crossed if you’re awaiting that decision. Let it be known that rejections do happen, and at times it is really hard to deal with but the truth is, the fact that we’ve all taken a step to better ourselves and to gain experience is valuable. Sometimes, that position may not be right for you, and for them. Maybe another opportunity will come up that is even better and you’ll forget the days you pondered on wanting to be a part of something else. I think this blogpost is really about understanding the process of applying for a job and that rejection is okay. The end really signifies a new beginning and in this case, the end of this application process may open up more opportunities for you. So congratulations on this win!
Author: Aisya Roslan
Editor: Kat Nivera