Being SUCT: Revealing all secrets!

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 There is plenty of time before upcoming Spring Agora Cagliari 2014 and a lot of people who willing to apply and have a lot of questions about how to be SUCT member. We decided to telll all the secrets and hopefully it will be sign for many of ambitious members to apply for the next board! 

 

 

 

 


Francesca 
Russo, 26, AEGEE-Padova, Project Manager.


What are your responsibilities in the team and how much time does it take?

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I’m the coordinator of the work of all SUCT. It means setting objectives for the year, deadlines and checking that everything is done according to them, properly and on time. If there are problems inside or outside the team I should cooperate with the team and fix them.

It’s a constant work: I should be always reachable and ready give suggestions and answers. I dedicate everyday some time.

Anyway there are really busy periods (like January-February when there is SUs descriptions checking and May-June with OCs) and calmer ones. You definitely won’t get bored!

 

What are benefits of being SUCT member, what did you gain during the term?

We have a really enthusiasm team who devote lot of its daily life to the good develop of these famous AEGEE project. It empowers you being surrounded by so active people. Your interest in AEGEE can only increase. I experience the association from a different point of view. I learn how the European level is contributing for SU. I learn to coordinate very strong personalities and ideas and to find compromises. I learn how to delegate and how to ask for it. I learn the power of a bunch of smart people working together for common goals: make the SU experience always unique, implementing features and our support, and increasing Summer University Project numbers of people who attends and of organizing locals.

Does the candidate have to have specific knowledge or experience to apply for   your position?

S/he should have passion for the association, experience with Summer University Project as participant and as main organizer of a SU. S/he should know how to coordinate a small, super busy team. It will be a surplus if s/he has a little knowledge even on marketing, graphics and informatics. S/he can help the team to achieve its goal much better.

Finish the sentence “the reason to apply for Project Manager in SUCT is… “

The reason to apply for Project Manager in SUCT is learning how to lead an hyper-active international team and the longest project of AEGEE.

 

unnamedGerardo García Díaz, 24, AEGEE-Oviedo’s PR and IT + SUCT’s Publications’ Responsible and Treasurer

       What are your responsibilities in the team and how much time does it take?

I’m in charge of all the graphic and promo materials of the project (SU Maps, posters, website visual design, promo images and videos, logos and branding of social networks) alongside with the treasury of the project (keeping a record of incomes and expenses, distributing money and so on).

Regarding the time, the Publications Responsible tasks are mainly performed between December and April, and the Treasurer ones are spread during the term. Aside from that there are a lot of decisions and things to discuss as a team, so in total I would say that SUCT can take around 2 hours a day in average of my time, with peaks of “full day work” in the graphic design busy times (before the Spring Agora) and “relaxed days” with less than 1h of work between the end of the period and Autumn Agora.

What are benefits of being SUCT member, what did you gain during the term?

Aside from the fact of working at a multicultural team (getting used to work with others, knowing that there are different ways to approach different peoples, broadening your mind, learning how to solve conflicts, to listen and to improve as a team an not personally) you get trained and improve in your position’s tasks but also learn from the others, since SUCT is like a family where everybody helps others as long as they can. Maybe the best benefit is the good feeling of knowing that your work allowed more than 2000 people to travel, discover and expand their borders last summer.

Does the candidate have to have specific knowledge or experience to apply for your position?

Candidates for Publications Responsible should be “fluent” on Photohosop (or any other raster image editing programme, used mainly for posters and promo images) and Corel or Ilustrator (or any other vectorial image editor, used mainly for the SU Maps and logos). Pluses are InDesign for extra publications and Premiere Pro (or any other video editor for the promo videos. Adding After Effects knowledge to the video editing part is a nice boost to videos’ quality). For the treasurer positions no specific skill is demanded. You don’t need to be an economist, not even be good with numbers. You just need to be ordered, structured and over all rational and honest.

Finish the sentence “the reason to apply for Publications’ Responsiblein SUCT is… “

The reason to apply for Publications’ Responsible in SUCT is being ready to use your skills for making easy for people to discover the SU Project and get involved in AEGEE.

 

Anna Smailikova (Pykhtina), AEGEE-Kyiv, 22, Public Relations Responsible of SUCT and AEGEE-Kyiv

 What are your responsibilities in the team and how much time does it take?10003363_831046930258631_1144058682_n

As I am Public Relations Responsible, I am the «voice» of SUCT. I am checking the e-mails and writing them, answering  questions that are coming from organizers, participants and externals and checking them every day except of time when I do not have Wi-Fi or time.

Apart of it I also the one who is responsible about creating catchy slogans, pictures to promote Summer Universities when they need more participants.

During Agora you can also see me near the SU stand where I use all my creativity to attract member’s attention. Taking about time, usually it takes 1 hour a day in «low» season much more time, in «high» ones. There are times when the whole team has to contribute and it doesn’t matter what’s your position – when we are checking every SU before the submission, when we approving the programme but together it is much easier to manage!

Oh, and I  am also the one who writes the articles to the blog (http://www.zeus.aegee.org/portal/projects/summer-university/) and administrator of SU Facebook page.

What are benefits of being SUCT member, what did you gain during the term?

First of all it is such an amazing experience and an honor to work for the longest AEGEE’s project and it helps to understand how not only project works, but the whole organization through communication with representatives of different Working Groups, Committees and others. Secondly, when you work in the team with multicultural team who is so motivated and determined to make the project even better and all of them are ready to dedicate time and efforts every day, it is inspiring! I must say, the team I work with are professional and I am lucky to be the part of it. Another thing is that here you will have help and advices if you don’t have that much experience.  Moreover, during my term in SUCT I was lucky to be trainer in Summer University Project School and after I become Academy trainer and now is going to be Training Manager of next SUPS!

Does the candidate have to have specific knowledge or experience to apply for your position?

The person has to have experience in organizing Summer University – the more is better. Otherwise it will be difficult to «to speak the same language» with the target audience while doing all the responsibilities. It is not obligatory to study Marketing or PR, but such things as creativity, time-management and responsibility for tasks you took if inevitable. It’s good if he/she has good writing skills and is and likes it as there are many things can be done to promote the project!And of course, lots of patience  :)


Finish the sentence “the reason to apply for Public Relations in SUCT is… “

The reason to apply for Public Relation Responsible in SUCT is opportunity to use your creativity in the way you want and work with amazing multicultural team to improve the most popular AEGEE’s project!

 

 

1Tercio Terencio, AEGEE-Genova, “IT Responsible” of  SUCT

  1.  What are your responsibilities in the team and how much time does it take?

Solve problems, about AEGEE website, database, tables, design, informatics, etc, the expended time around 5min until days, active 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week.

  1.  What are your responsibilities in the team and how much time does it take?

Satisfaction be part of this spectacular team, Satisfaction and experiences.

  1. Does the candidate have to have specific knowledge or experience to apply for your position?

Yes, informatics, web-design, server, database, programming, PHP,Java, SQL, HTML, OS’s and patience

  1. Finish the sentence “the reason to apply for IT-Responsible in SUCT is… “

Upgrading my AEGEE spirit, that I had learned in this years, support AEGEE in a superior level, giving some contribution to AEGEE and AEGEEans be grown in a fantastic world!

 

 

 

Don’t be scared and do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions :)

Summerly yours,

Anna, Francesca, Gerardo, Ioana,  Tercio.

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