Last but not least it is up to the Commercial Relations Officer and the Internal Coordinator to tell about their week as Risk Board Member. As you probably have noticed, Risk is currently looking for successors to be in the Risk Board 2017-2018, which will be installed in March. Are you interested in one of the functions mentioned below, or in the functions mentioned in earlier articles, don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to have more information! Please note that the deadline for application is January 29th.
Ivar Willemstein – Commercial Relations Officer
Barely recovered from the parties of last weekend, it is Monday again! An important day, since we always have our important board meeting this morning. After all committees and activities have been discussed, it is time to check what personal tasks have to be done this week and I make a general schedule for this: what companies do I have to contact with this week and for what purposes? Which committees need my help relating to acquisition for or contact with companies? Then I’ll start with my tasks: replying e-mails, posting a Facebook post for a company and trying to reach a recruiter. Especially that last thing could be a real pain in the ass. At 3 PM I have a meeting with the Risk Conference committee: a meeting with twelve people which makes this an eventful meeting. After two hours of discussing the progress of the organization of this event my workday is over. Tonight I’ll have dinner with my Board Members which is always very nice!
Today I start with a call with an important partner of Risk. They have some questions regarding our current partnership contract and upcoming Risk Events. Of course I gladly answer all their questions, since we want our partners to collaborate with us in the future as well! The rest of the day I am working on current affairs of the Board and of several committees. Even though I am not supervising all committees as formal supervisor, I still have close contact with all the commercial relations officers of all committees. Together we coordinate our calls, discuss opportunities and look for relevant companies. It is my task to make sure that they are all working in the best interest for Risk as a whole. However, with such talented committee members, this is almost never an issue.
Today we have another board meeting in which we discuss the current affairs and our policies and plans for this year. We ask ourselves whether we already reached the goals we have set and what we need to do to achieve this. Directly afterwards I have a meeting with the Accountancy Tour committee, which I supervise. They are working on a new idea for their Tour, which makes it very interesting. After a short lunch another meeting: now with the secretary of the board, Thomas, and a webdeveloper. We discuss the technical possibilities for our new website to be build and negotiate on the price and other terms. Lastly, I take quite some time to prepare for our company visit for tomorrow. It is a meeting with one of our main partners, so I want to make a good impression!
Around 10 AM I meet with Esmee, the internal coordinator of the board and my much appreciated companion on such company visits. We take the train to Amsterdam and during this trip we discuss our strategy for this meeting and do some work on our laptops. During the meeting, we discuss with the recruiters all possibilities for the upcoming year, both activities as promotional opportunities. This is my moment to shine, since this meeting will have significant consequences for my budget. Fortunately, on the way back they called to thank us for our time and they announced that they want to be a main partner once again! After a little dance of joy, I take a nap until we reach Groningen again. Tonight we have a party of the MARUG, the study association for marketing students. This is always great fun, so the morning is about to begin when I reach my bed.
With a little headache, I manage to arrive at the office just on time. I start with writing the partnership contract for the company I visited yesterday. This requires a lot of concentration since such a contract is legally binding. After I finished the contract, I send it to the recruiter and go to my lecture. This semester I am following just one course and I really want to pass it. During the afternoon I am working on current affairs: checking e-mails, posting vacancies for our partners on the Risk Website and chatting with Active Members. Then it is time to end this week with an alumni social in Amsterdam again!
Esmee Groen – Internal coordinator
Before heading to Zernike to start the week, my alarm rings at 7 and it’s time to hit the gym! I like starting my week in an active way, especially since Monday is a day with loads of meetings and sitting behind my desk. After arriving at the Risk Office at 09:20 I quickly check my e-mail before the weekly board meeting starts. During this meeting we discuss what’s on the planning for this week and evaluate how each committee is progressing. The meeting ends at 12:00 and it’s time to have lunch and chill a bit with the other boards at the Interim. After lunch I have some time to sit down behind my desk and start replying some e-mails. In the afternoon I have a meeting with the Dutch Banking Tour Committee, one of the committees I supervise. Since this event will take place in February, it’s time to start working on the promotion. After the meeting I sit down with the PR/Logistics of the committee and start planning when to distribute flyers, have lecture talks and to place Facebook posts. Then I check the flyer that was made by the committee in Indesign and send it to the copy shop. At 5 ‘o clock the lecture Responsible Finance & Investment starts. Even though the Risk Board is full time, I started my masters Finance in September and manage to follow some courses. After the lecture I quickly bike to the city center to have dinner with the rest of the board before the Risk Investment Team meeting starts at 20:00. Every year, two board members join the board of the Risk Investment Team. Hence once every 3 weeks I attend the meeting and we pitch stocks or financial derivatives, discuss our current portfolio and always end with some drinks at the bar. Around 12 I head home to go to bed.
At 10:00 I arrive at the Risk Office and start checking my e-mails. Next week the Risk Dies will take place and I meet with the Risk Activity Committee to go through the last details. Almost everything is taken care of but I still need to make some calls to discuss final things concerning the DJ, location and budget. In the afternoon I have some coffee dates planned with students interested in applying for the London Banking Tour Committee. As internal coordinator, having coffee with students and informing them about the possibilities within Risk is one of my responsibilities. Especially before deadlines of the committee recruitments or for example the IFP Board I’m drinking loads of coffee and have nice chats with students. Around half past 5 I go home and together with the girls I live with we try to exploit our culinary talents, after which we lay down on the couch to watch a Christmas movie.
Today I’m in charge of the ‘Kamerdienst’, which means that you have to be at the office at 09:30 and buy lunch for the day. Since Ivar and I have a meeting in Amsterdam tomorrow, the second Board meeting of the week is rescheduled to today. During this meeting we mainly discuss how our policy, which we set at the beginning of our board year, is progressing. After lunch I start planning and coordinating the Risk Board Recruitment. This entails making a planning in Excel, send e-mails to professors regarding lecture talks, plan Facebook posts and mailings, design material in Indesign and request posts on Nestor. At 5 I attend a lecture after which I directly bike to the city center to eat and have drinks with my friends.
Next to being internal coordinator I support Ivar, the commercial relations officer, as ‘commercial relations officer II’. Today we have a meeting planned with one of our main partners. The meeting is at 14:00 hence I have some time to go to the gym before we meet at the station around 10:45. We arrive in Amsterdam too early so we have some time to have lunch in a café and discuss the meeting we’re about to have. Then we go to their office, get a small tour around the building and sit down with the recruiters to discuss their collaboration with Risk. After the meeting we take the train back to Groningen. Having arrived in Groningen, I have some time to have dinner and chill a bit before going to the social of the MARUG at ‘t Vaatje.
Even though I really enjoy being at Zernike all week, I’m glad it is Friday and almost weekend! In the morning I finish some tasks that still need to be done like the promotion of the 5th Investors evening in February, socialize with some active member and make a planning for the coming week. In de afternoon we leave Zernike early because we have to go to the Alumni Social in Amsterdam. We have dinner in Amsterdam after which the social starts and it’s time to talk to former Risk Board members and active members. These socials are great to catch up and talk about their experiences in all the different companies they work at.