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Board Career Development - Introduction

Updated: Mar 9

Dear board members,

This year StOP is trying something new. We are writing a blog on being a board member! We all know that being on a board can be quite challenging, dealing with stress, time management and working closely with others. On the other hand, we know what being a board member can contribute to your development and even to your career. In these monthly blogs, these subjects will be discussed.

In this first blog, I would like to tell you more about my own experiences as a board member and explain why I think this blog can contribute to your experiences as a board member! First of all, my name is Renee and I’m 21 years old. I will be writing these blogposts the upcoming year as the current Treasurer of StOP. I’m finishing up by Bachelors in Psychology this year and I want to continue studying to become a Clinical Psychologist. Last year I was the Chairman of the Study Association of Psychology Labyrint.

Last year, I definitely ran into some challenges. Next to being Chairman, I was also working at a high school, wanted to follow a few courses and was dealing with challenges and changes in my personal life. One of the things I struggled most with was balancing work and social life, time management plays a big role in this balance. I also experienced a lot of uncertainty when it comes to doing new things and working on new tasks. Especially in times of corona, everything has to be done in a new way. I doubted myself a lot whether I was doing my tasks correctly.

Working so closely with others can sometimes present challenges, like dealing with disagreement in decision making or differences in expectations. I am a big relationship orientated worker, so I value everyone feeling good about decisions a lot. Sometimes, maybe a bit too much. So, I had a lot of different things to learn in my year as a board member.

To end on a positive note, I did learn to deal with a lot of these issues. I have developed a lot of new skills and have a lot of experience I can use in my further career and life in general. Being a board member can be demanding but is also very rewarding.

In this blog I will try to discuss some of these topics in hope it can help you guys. If you have any topics you would like to see in these blogs, let me know! If you have any specific questions on this, I would be more than pleased to help!

Lots of love,


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