Student Leadership roles help develop key skills

Student Leadership roles help develop key skills

Victoria has some very well run student support programmes, which require high quality student leaders to step up to deliver services and be prepared to work hard to help their peers.

The leaders need integrity, excellent communication skills and resilience but perhaps the most important quality is empathy. This reminds me of Simon Sinek’s book ‘Leaders Eat Last’ and his popular TED Talk, which has generated over 27 million views:

We have leaders who ensure new students settle into their life in Wellington such as Campus Coaches or Tuākana, members of Victoria International’s Vic Crew or Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) volunteers.

As the academic year gets underway others begin to mentor. For example through Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS), Te Pūtahi Atawhai or Te Rōpū Āwhina (on campus support for Māori and Pasifika students) and many others work to motivate, inspire and encourage.

These leaders check in with their students and ask “is everything ok?” It is this ability to empathise that helps create a sense of belonging—and these behaviours are leadership traits employers want.

We can be proud that our student leaders inspire action and help others to succeed at University.

If you are a student leader, don’t underestimate the skills you are developing. Use your Careers and Employment Service to help you take your leadership journey to the next level and consider being part of extracurricular leadership programmes.

Jane Fletcher is the Manager of Victoria’s Career and Employment service.

This was originally uploaded on the Victoria’s Career and Employment blog.

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