Becoming an Aureus committee member

My choice of becoming an Aureus committee member has been one of the best choices I made last year. Despite the fact that many activities were canceled or adjusted due to Covid, I met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends. I would ask everyone to take a moment to think about all the options you have when becoming a committee member.

For many people, a big reason for joining a committee is meeting new people. When you are part of a committee, you get to know many people. For starters, the other members of your committee. These are the people that you meet with on a regular basis (on average every week). These meetings are not only meant for discussing the things you need, but it is also a fun way to get to know each other a bit more. Every meeting, the members talk about their weekend, or their struggles or other things they want to share. There even is a special point on the agenda to do this: Round 0. This way, you get to know your fellow committee members quite well. Besides the other members of your own committee, you get to know other people inside Aureus quite well. During activities, drinks or trainings, you meet a lot of other committee members or other members of Aureus. Committee members know each other from committee parties or drinks. This year, a lot of parties were canceled due to Covid, but there were a lot of fun alternatives. For example: Internal committee hosted an online pub quiz for committee members and the route of the Amsterdam Light Festival will be walked.

Besides the social advantages of becoming a committee member, there are also benefits on the personal development aspect. Within Aureus you attend some trainings during the year. For example, every committee member has an HR training, in which you get to know more about yourself and your fellow committee members and how to work with them. There are also functional training sessions for the function you have within your committee. With these training sessions, you learn what is expected from you and what tasks you’re responsible for in your function. This is interesting and it is not only useful for now, but the learned skills within your function will be useful for the rest of your life. In addition to these sessions, you can ask for help to set up a personal development plan. The HR officer of the Board of Aureus will help you with this plan to develop yourself. This is a procedure that you will work on for the rest of the year.

So, when becoming a committee member you learn a lot about yourself, and your fellow committee members. You also learn new valuable skills within your function and how to communicate well with others. Besides the learning aspect, there are also a lot of fun social activities for you to join.

How to join one of our committees?

After you read this you want to join a committee of course! You can apply for one via our website: Be aware that a committee member only can stay for one year. So at the beginning of next year, there will be a lot more empty slots! We hope to see you at one of our drinks, and of course on an interview to get to know you better.