In 2015, I first started my journey with EcoSoc as an Events Director. This year allowed me to enhance my skill sets and learn from the many challenges I faced with the support and encouragement of the team. The work was very rewarding, as was seeing the success of your events, but I stayed for the culture and the people who have helped me with my personal growth and academic development, who inspired me to not give up my career goals and who always push me to go outside of my comfort zone. First and foremost, I want to share my enthusiasm for economics and that is why Events has meant so much to me.
Economics students are a niche market and need a supportive environment, academically and professionally, outside of regular formal settings. This is where Events come in. We provide the perfect social setting required for students to expand their networks across to other determined and like-minded individuals. Being an Events Director, you understand the importance of creating these opportunities, and all the brainstorming, organising and preparation pays off when you see participation rates rising event after event, and exposure of the society expanding. We as a team, increased exposure by 126% for our first major event alone, which portrays a lot of growth potential this society has for the long term. I look forward to seeing you learn and grow if you take on the Events portfolio, and welcome you to the caring and supportive team that is EcoSoc.
-Michelle Rose Lwin, Events Director 2015
To me, the role of Marketing Director was a way to escape the gruelling hours of university doing nothing but study theories and calculations. It was a way for me to bring out some creative flare and colour that I thought was lost in my Year 10 Visual Arts days. Using my weapon of choice, Photoshop, I was in charge of creating marketing content that would promote a variety of portfolio events and essentially increase the awareness of the society within the UNSW student community. I was responsible for overseeing all marketing content that came in the form of banners and flyers that were to be advertised on social media, weekly newsletters and the EcoSoc website.
As a director, I was challenged to utilise a two-way communication stream as I would constantly be going back and forth, fulfilling the needs of my head portfolio executive while also managing the organisation of creating marketing material amongst the subcommittee. Throughout the year, the marketing portfolio emerged into becoming a squad where each individual possessed their own unique skill that when brought together as a team, could effectively market an event. Being able to grow within the EcoSoc family has definitely been a cherishable experience that I hope to keep with me for a lifetime.
-Cassandra Yuan, Marketing Director 2015
The academic portfolio consists of events and programs directly related to economics coursework, such as the academic workshops we run for 2nd level courses such as macro- and micro-economics 2, with an ambition to expand the events we offer next year. The academics portfolio requires an all-around approach, as you will be interacting with society members during workshops, the Ecosoc team, as well as the economics faculty. There is also scope to work more closely with academics and professionals, which is a great way to network and find out about economics as a career and degree from the inside. Communication skills are key to this role.
Prior to becoming a director, I had practically no connection to Ecosoc, and very few other extracurricular activities, so don’t let these factors affect your decision. What matters for us is how suited you are for the role. If you have a passion for economics, don’t shy away from hard or challenging work, and have a solid academic background, I strongly encourage you to apply to be an academic director next year. If there’s something you’d like to see Ecosoc provide more of (for example more events focused on panels, discussions, or competitions) then be proactive and get involved. Through Ecosoc, I have met some of the nicest, down to earth and dedicated people, all working to create a better experience for all economics students. This role has led me to many great experiences, who knows where this opportunity will lead you?
-Kai Zen, Academic Director 2015
Publications is arguably the director role which requires the greatest interest in current economic issues, events and the discipline itself. The position also involves a fair level of patience and writing ability, an unfortunate affinity for economic-related humour as well as dedication and consistency. During my tenure I also very quickly discovered that the Publications Director is involved with almost every other portfolio, coordinating with IT, Marketing, Sponsorship, Academic and Events Directors whenever the situation dictated and being consistently up to date with the activities of the society.
In my opinion the position is one of the most rewarding, while you may not get as much face-to-face contact with members you do develop a rapport of sorts with readers and even the odd comment expressing enjoyment at reading the newsletter comes to mean a lot. Working with such a great team also makes the effort worthwhile and I can honestly say when I first applied I never expected to make such great friends. That being said, it does still require a fair amount of continuous effort to keep all the Society’s publications up to date, but if you come to enjoy the work then it can easily fit into your routine.
-Tristan Truuvert, Publications Director 2015