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REAL CHALLENGE? Apply now for STAR Board 2011-2012 “Ever dreamt of being CEO of an organization with an annual turnover of 1.5 million euros before you have even graduated?”


STAR is looking for you! You acquire a lot of valuable knowledge during your business studies. But how to successfully apply all these models and management techniques in a real and practical way? Being part of the STAR Board will help you to gain valuable experience, develop your social skills and meet a lot of enthusiastic people. Being Europe’s largest, STAR is the study association that offers the most diverse personal development opportunities. Are you ready to get the most out of the coming year? The STAR Board is responsible for heading the association on a daily basis. The STAR Board consists of students managing the association for a full year. This means this year will be a great learning experience, yet an intense one! One year ago, I could have never imagined where we would be at right now. I believe gaining leadership experience, getting to know your qualities as well as working together closely in a great team are the most valuable elements I’ve been experiencing so far. To me, it is obvious that being part of all this will bring you a unique challenge. In case you are up for the real challenge, you will definitely get the most out of a year! Jasperina de Vries Chairman STAR Board 2010-2011


About STAR STAR is the study association of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. We are Europe’s largest study association, has 6,500 members, over 250 active members, an annual turnover of 1.5 million euros and 33 years of history. Through the efforts of many students in the past who had the ambition to do something for their fellow students and who accepted the challenge to enrich this university with a large variety of events, STAR is now not only the largest, but also the most diverse international, professional, and dynamic study association in Europe. Together with 250 active members, you are responsible for organizing 50 projects each year. Enabling active members to achieve committee successes as well as determining its strategic direction and guiding this extensive association are core tasks. Besides this, STAR has close relationships with the university and the business world which opens doors that otherwise would remain closed.

6,500 members, 250 active members, 1.5 million annual turnover, 33 years of history, 9 board members, 1 board.


What can you expect? As a board member, you will have a great opportunity to put management theory into practice in a relatively short but intense period of time. By working together with many people in diverse situations, you will be able to learn a lot about your own strengths and weaknesses, and also challenge others within the organization to explore their strengths and weaknesses. During a board year you will experience things you would have never experienced otherwise. You will expand your network and networking skills by working together with the university, hundreds of companies, politicians, and other student organizations. You will supervise and guide different committees, learn to work in teams, and acquire leadership skills. Further, you will learn how to develop policy and strategy for an organization and how to execute your goals. Besides being a learning experience, a board year is also really an enjoyable experience. We believe in the motto: Work Hard, Play Hard. Besides working hard, you will meet many new people, attend many dinners and parties, and have a great time.

“Being a STAR Board member really is working hard, playing hard.“


Chairman Responsible for the overall coordination of the organization; you will • Be spokesperson toward all stakeholders • Maintain a good relationship with the university • be able to keep the team together, support others, act as a motivator and social leader • be able to look for strategic opportunities • Assimilate individual strategic views into one policy direction • Monitor overall committee status Jasperina de Vries “The function of chairman is incredibly diverse: from giving presentations to being involved in various new opportunities. It is up to you to keep an overview of the overall planning, committee status and financial situation. Fulfilling the role I am describing here is amazing; everyday you come across new challenges, issues and ideas. What does it take? I guess it’s a blend of being curious, being decisive, having diverse interests and wanting to keep an overview of all things going on – at the same time!”

“It is a blend of being curious, being decisive, having diverse interests and wanting to keep an overview of all things going on – at the same time!“


Treasurer Responsible for all finances and controlling; you will • • • • • •

Guard the financial continuity of STAR Manage the budgets of the association be able to set up and safeguard Guide committees with budgeting and treasury Possess a realistic view when judging scenarios Be able to deal with all contracts and invoices in a structured way • Be able to say “no” when necessary Roeland Stolker “Guiding almost 40 committees, controlling the association’s budget and elaborating on STAR’s long term (financial) strategy are very practical usages of your bachelor Business Administration. In order to fulfill this position one should be organized, critical, disciplined and structured. As Treasurer, it is important to have some skill with figures and to be precise in nature. In addition, you must enjoy working closely with a diverse group of people.”

“The best thing from being a treasurer is getting involved with every part of the association; from the committee status until strategic decisions on IT.“


Secretary & Vice Chairman Responsible for all communication within the association; you will • • • • •

Know to represent our association Possess good communication skills Be able to motivate people every day Know how to make use of an extended network Help the chairman with keeping on track with the long term policy

Niels van Deuren “As the Secretary you are responsible for the communication within the association, and between other associations. The secretary is the first contact person with the many students and study associations. This means having a lot of contact with students. By attending meetings with other associations and talking to different students on campus, you will gain new ideas, which you can implement in the association with the help of the other board members. You must be enthusiastic and have to be able to motivate people every day.”


Commissioner of Commercial Relations Responsible for the commercial relations; you will • Possess strong communication skills and know how to sell the project • Know the value of the project through the eyes of commercial interests • Be able to see possibilities and “think outside the box” • Be willing to dare to pick up the phone and make those important calls • Be able to motivate people when things go bad • Be a creative thinker Rosalie Seriese “As the Commissioner of Commercial Relations you are the money-maker of the board. The success of projects highly depends on the amount of money that comes in. You will engage in improving contact with the most sought-after and biggest multinationals there are. One of the most challenging aspects of this position involves providing guidance in reference to the commercial processes of all committees and the commercial team. So, if you are confident enough that you can represent STAR towards the biggest multinationals, apply for this position!”


Commissioner of Marketing & PR Responsible for the STAR brand and outward communication; you will • Possess strong communication skills • Possess insight regarding the value of the project and know how to deliver the message • Be creative and innovative in positioning your project • Know how to use different communication channels to create awareness • Be able to “think outside the box” • Have insight in reference to design tools (not required, but it is a plus)

Roel van der Duin

“As Commissioner of Marketing you are responsible for creating a good marketing strategy and for all outward communication from STAR to its many stakeholders. You will protect the image and reputation of STAR and help all different committees in the positioning of their projects in a creative and competitive way. As Commissioner of Marketing & PR within the board, you continuously challenge yourself to find new creative ways to communicate. You are never really finished. For me that aspect made this position very interesting and challenging.”

“As Commissioner of Marketing & PR within the board, you continuously challenge yourself to find new creative ways to communicate. You are never really finished.“


Commissioner of Public Affairs Responsible for network of STAR; you will • Possess strong communication skills and know how to sell the project • Be a true networker that sees opportunities everywhere. • Know the value of the project through the eyes of commercial interests • Dare to go and talk to that important person • Be able to keep motivated and motivate others when things go bad • Be a creative thinker Maarten de Smit “As the Commissioner of Public Affairs your are in charge of managing all external contacts that are not recruitment related. This means that your are responsible for non-recruitment companies, the network of STAR, speakers and alumni. Besides that you are supervisor of Conferences & Networking and the Agenda committee and the just started International Career Committee. In this position you will look only to the future. It’s very important to look at the world through the eyes of the customer or speaker. What does he want and what is in it for STAR? That are the questions that you have to ask yourself.”


Project Manager Bachelor & HRM Responsible for the most bachelor committees and Human Resources; you will • • • • • •

Be able to keep an overview of the situation Possess strong communication skills Be able to guide and motivate people every day Handle fast in crisis situations Like to work with different kinds of people. Be able to select the right people for the right position

Ellen Dekker “The best thing of being Project Manager is the diversity of tasks. Every day you have different meetings, different tasks and different conversations. No day is the same. Depending on the projects and their characters, you observe, actively participate, guide, advise, and coach committees. As Human Resource Manager of STAR you are responsible for the recruitment, the selection and the development of active members. This can be a difficult and time-consuming task, which requires a lot of people skills, but it is very rewarding. So, if you are a real ‘people person’ with a strong vision, who knows how to help people to reach the top, you might think about applying for this position!”

“If you are a real ‘people person’ with a strong vision, you might think about applying for this position! “


Project Manager Master Responsible for the Master Study Clubs and the ERD; you will • • • • •

Be able to keep an overview of the situation Possess strong communication skills Be able to reinforce knowledge sharing Be able to guide and motivate people every day Handle fast in crisis situations

New position As a Project Manager Master you are responsible for all the 13 Master Study Clubs, as well as their committees study trips. As a Project Manager Master you will also be the supervisor of the Erasmus Recruitment Days committee. As a supervisor of the ERD you have to work together with a board member of the EFR to coordinate this committee. The Master Study Clubs have a strategic importance for STAR and are quite challenging to manage. You are also supervising the Master Study Club Study Trips. You need to be able to have an overview of the codified procedures, identify possible synergies and establish partnerships.


Commissioner of Information Processs Responsible for the Information Processes, the SMW and IBS; you will • Be able to manage large projects • Be able to communicate well with our stakeholders • Have knowledge of ICT-infrastructure, not required but is a plus! • Be able to motivate people every day • Be able to guide and implement new initiatives

Djordy Seelmann “In this function you will be primarily responsible for everything that has to deal with data and processes. Project Management with external and internal stakeholders is a large part of this function, since information technology is a vital part of the association and there are always new initiatives being brought up which have to be guided and implemented. The commissioner of Information Processes will supervise of the STAR Management Week committee and the International Business Study committee. You are responsible for their policy plan, their performance, but also the personal development and teamwork.”

“Project Management with external and internal stakeholders is a large part of this function, since information technology is a vital part of the association and there are always new initiatives being brought up which have to be guided and implemented.“


What it is like “Working within the STAR board will give you the time of your life. It gives a lot of challenges, fun and teamwork. It is absolutely an honor, but it is not an honorary job. It is a lot of work, but will definitely pay back!” Maarten de Smit, Commissioner of Public Affairs

“Why you should apply for the STAR Board next year? STAR is seen sometimes referred to by the other associations as the Investment bank of the study associations. It’s true: you will make long hours and leaving the office at 23.00h is not unusual. It’s hard work, but it’s still working in a student environment, which makes it a nice combination between real work and having fun. In contrast to an Investment Bank you will not gain huge bonuses, but what you will gain, is a lot of new friends. ” Niels van Deuren, Secretary & Vice Chairman


Selection procedure Of course, we are looking for the most talented students. We are not necessarily looking for students with the highest grades or the most impressive work experience. We want students with unique talents that they can use to add value to the group and to complement each other. It is not required to be active at STAR if you want to apply for the Board. Ambition and a vision is what board members have in common; their individual contributions to the group are what make them so diverse.

Full-time compensation The STAR Board starts in June with defining a policy plan, from August until July 2012 the STAR Board is full-time. Being the STAR Board is a full-time job, you will not be able to spend much time on your study. Therefore, STAR is providing the board members with a financial compensation for your study delay.

Bachelor Minor The STAR Board is granted 15 ECTS as a Bachelor Minor. If you are selected for Board, you can drop your current minor with no problems and use this as your Minor.


How to apply - Find out what position fits you best! Talk to the current board members at the informal recruitment drink on the 19th of April or drop by at the STAR office (T4-53). Meet STAR active members every Wednesday night at Villa Kakelbont of the weekly drink. - Apply online! Applying for Board is really easy. Apply online, though www. rsmstar.nl - Interview You will be invited for an interview in week 18 or in week 19. 1st Round will take place between the 2nd and the 15th of May 2nd Round will take place between the 16th and the 20th of May.

Application deadline Apply online before the 1st of May.

Interview rounds The interviews will take place between the 2nd and the 15th of May.

Congratulations On the 25th of May you’ll get a call and know whether or not you’re accepted.

Kick-Off You will start full-time from August, but will receive different trainings in the weeks before.


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REAL CHALLENGE? Apply now for STAR Board 2011-2012 More information? - Drop by at STAR office for a coffee - Send an email to hrm@rsmstar.nl or give us a call - Attend the recruitment drink in ‘De Smitse’ on the 19th of April - Apply online before the 1st of May! MAILING ADDRESS PO Box 1738 | 3000 DR Rotterdam | The Netherlands | info@rsmstar.nl VISITING ADDRESS Room T04-53 | T Building, Erasmus University Campus | Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 | 3062 PA Rotterdam | The Netherlands

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