Board Story: Chairman

Who am I?

My name is Quien Vermeulen, I’m 21 years old and was born in Lelystad. Since I was 3 years old I had lived on Texel. In 2017 I started my bachelor in Business Economics at Tilburg University. During my first year I became active at Asset | SBIT. At that moment I had no idea what information management was. When I became active I joined several formal events where I got to know more about information management. By joining these events and speaking to members of Asset| SBIT who were studying information management, I developed an interest in information management as well. After having done several committees at Asset | SBIT, I was looking for a bigger challenge. Last year, I therefore decided to apply for a board year.

I have been a board member of SBIT for roughly 8 months now. At this time of the year, we are already looking for new board members for the next academic year. People often ask me: what exactly do you do as a board member? What do you do as a chairman? Why is it full time? And why did you choose for a board year? Some of these questions are difficult to explain but I will try my best to answer all of them in this blog.

What does a chairman do?

This is by far the most difficult question to answer. Where other board members have specific tasks that fit their function, a chairman does not have as many specifics tasks as other board members. My predecessor said to me that being a chairman is about handling the most flexible and diverse agenda and being a structured person. I totally agree.

As chairman, you are the representative of Asset | SBIT  for all external relations such as other departments, other associations and the University. Throughout the year you have several meetings with many of these relations.

Within the board it is important that a chairman keeps an overview of what all board members are doing. One thing you need to keep in mind is that you are not superior to the other board members.  For me, a good chairman needs to be a team leader and team player, not a dictator. As board member, you achieve personal and general goals during your board year. It is a chairman’s responsibility to help anywhere where needed in order for everyone to achieve these goals. For example, this can be doing grammar checks on emails, joining partner conversations with the external affairs officer or simply just being a sparring partner.

Besides being a chairman at SBIT, you are also part of the general board of Asset. Within the general board, you can choose between several portfolios. During my board year, I chose the Media portfolio. In short, this means that I became responsible for the Asset website and back-end system. The website is crucial for the association. Here you can find all the relevant information, committees and events. Therefore, it is important to have frequent contact with our website developer and web hosting. You have to keep in mind that as chairman you will spend 50% of your time at SBIT and for 50% of your time you are working for Asset.

What’s more

Of course everybody has the tasks that suits their function, but there a lot of other tasks within a board that don’t belong to any of the board functions. For example, all the board members are a board representative for some committees. At the moment I am a board representative for 4 committees. As board representative you help  committee members to achieve the goals that they want to achieve within the committee. In the beginning of the year you can also choose your own portfolio’s within the association. I chose to take care of design tasks, the development of the SBIT mobile app and to be the contact person for our alumni association EKSBIT.

What did I learn during my board year?

First of all, a board year at a study association is incredibly good for your self-development. During  this year I discovered what my talents and pitfalls are. If you are aware of your talents, pitfalls and ambitions, this will be a big advantage in your future career. During this year I had the chance to develop better leadership, communication and presentation skills. I also learned how to work with different people. Everybody's personality is unique, which is good, but that can make it more challenging to work together. Furthermore, during my board year I met a lot of people. I got to know the board members of all Asset departments and some of them became good friends as well. Besides that, my network got a huge boost, because next to meeting fellow students I also got in contact with important people of the management team at the university and employees of companies like Deloitte, Defensie and Capgemini.

At this moment I am already looking back on an amazing year. It is a weird feeling that we are already looking for new board members for the upcoming academic year. I would recommend a board year to everybody. It will be over before you even know it. You will learn valuable skills for your future, it will expand your network and a board year will give your resume a huge boost!

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