As a naïve first year student, I stepped onto UNSW not knowing what a society subcommittee was. However, thanks to the great Capital W team at O-Week, I was introduced to a society that I immediately envisioned myself becoming a part of.
The subcommittee application process for Capital W was extremely professional and one that I believe has prepared me for when I begin internship and graduate applications. The process to join the subcommittee began with a written application where prospective applicants were required to detail why they wanted to join the subcommittee and the submission of a CV. From this point, I was invited to an interview with two of the Capital W executive team members. The interview was a great challenge for me as I had not previously been exposed to a formal interview environment. I left the interview with a great learning experience, and I would highly recommend applying for a subcommittee to gain experience in the application process.
Receiving an email to say I had a position in the subcommittee came as a great and unexpected surprise. Getting to work with the Capital W team is something I am truly excited about and I am looking forward to working with the rest of the IT portfolio to develop this blog.
My top 3 tips for subcommittee applications are:
- Do as much research about the society you are applying for that you can. Having a wide knowledge about the events they have run in the past and any sponsors they may have demonstrates you are interested in the society.
- Be prepared to suggest new ideas you might have for the society. They will appreciate your innovation and interest in contributing to the society.
- Be yourself in your interview and written application. Your interviewers are just people who read your application to learn more about you and see how you could fit into the organisation.