1. What is your position in the board and what are your main tasks?
I am the President of JSA, which is the highest position in the association. As President one has the executing responsibility for all activities under JSA and is in charge of making sure the JSA Board, projects and committees are following through on their tasks. One has to know all the governing documents in order to strategically plan for the association according to our vision, missions and goals.
This a highly strategic position that demands planning and organizational skills as well as people skills and the ability to adapt to different working environments. Being the President is probably the most challenging and rewarding position one can hold as a student, where no day is like the other.
2. How is a typical workweek in your position?
A typical work week is filled with lots of administration work, communication, events, document revising etc. as well as three types of meetings:
- JSA meetings that include anything related to JSA, for example Board meetings or student cases.
- Meetings with JIBS – this could be a communication meeting with the leadership team or Council for Undergraduate and Masters Education where educational issues at JIBS are discussed and decided upon.
- Jönköping Student Union related matters. As President of JSA, one works 50% at the Student Union.
3. What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies or specific interests?
I am that annoying outdoorsy-type of person; any free time I have I spend hiking in the national parks around Jönköping, horse riding whenever I can, skiing, sailing, you name it – if it’s outdoors, I probably do it.
4. What made you decide to apply for your position?
I saw the potential of the association and knew what aspects needed to be improved. I planned on building a strong foundation for JSA to stand on and continue building upwards, and am really passionate about making student life better for our students.
5. What have this opportunity given to you?
I have so much new knowledge and experience that I don’t know where to begin… Everything from how to work with different kinds of people in different positions, to organizing events, to speaking in public, to write governing documents, and so much more. I cannot emphasize enough how great this opportunity is.
6. Do you have any advice for future applicants?
Start early! Know your association, read all documents that you have access to in order to gain a fuller understanding of how JSA works. Ask lots of questions, be well prepared for meetings, and have fun!