Interview: Betul Colak
Can you tell something about yourself?
Hello! I am Betul and I am currently doing my master Business Information Management at RSM. I finished my courses last year and the “only” thing that is left is my thesis. I also like cooking, reading, hanging out with friends and online marketing. To improve my online marketing skills, I started with an internship at Expand Online (fun fact: I met Expand Online for the first time during of the events of the MAEUR!).
What was your position in the Speed Dating Committee and what did this entail?
I was the External Relations Coordinator. This meant we were responsible of the acquisition of 16 cool companies who joined the Speed Dating Event. In the beginning we made a plan which companies to approach, how we had to approach them, making call shifts, making sure everyone in the committee was doing their part and most importantly: making sure everybody had a fun time while calling all of those companies! This is the main task of the External Relation Coordinators, but of course there are a lot of things that you do together with the whole committee.
How did you decide that you wanted to join the Speed Dating Committee?
Since my bachelor I knew I wanted to become an active at the MAEUR. I wanted to organize a professional event, improve different kind of skills and meet new people. But like most of us students, I was very good at procrastinating things. When I started my master, I had the feeling that it was now or never! So I visited one of the drinks and talked with a lot actives to find out which committee fitted me the best. I really liked the Speed Dating Event, because it is one of the biggest events of the MAEUR with a lot of different participating companies. It would mean that I had to work hard, but I like a challenge.
What did you learn from this experience?
I learned so much, that I don’t know where to start. As an External Relations Coordinator, it was my task to manage the acquisition of the event. So what I learned the most is how to pick up the phone and just call a certain company or person and have a strong story about why they should join this event. But that is not all, up until the event and even at the event itself, it is so important to keep in touch with these companies. Communication is key! I also learned how to work with strict deadlines and manage them, working together with a group of 6 people who you just met, being creative in situations where everything didn’t work out as planned and so much more!
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
The biggest challenge for me was the event itself. We had worked 8 months toward this day. All of the phone calls, emails, meetings, brainstorm sessions, promotion period on campus, fixing the goodie bags and suddenly everything must come together. Even though everything was carefully planned, it was still exciting to see how the event would be in ‘real life’. Fortunately, we survived and everything went great!
What did you enjoy the most?
The group I worked with! We started out as 6 total strangers who had to organize this big event. Over the past year, we worked so much together that we really got to know each other. We had a good vibe from the beginning what made this committee even more fun than it already is. At the end of the event, when we were all standing next to each other and looking at a successful event made me really proud and I was happy to do it with these 5 crazy people who became my friends!
What tips do you have for someone considering applying for the Study Trip Committee?
Think of what you want to learn from this experience and what you can bring to this committee. What is important for you? Do you want to improve your sales skills; apply for External Relations Coordinator. Do you want to gain InDesign skills; apply for Marketing Coordinator. And also think about what you can bring to the committee: why should they choose you?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
If you are still in doubt whether you should join the committee or not: just do it! The past year brought me so many memorable events! MAEUR active member weekend to begin with, all of the MAEUR drinks, gala, barbecues and more. Also on professional level it brought me a lot of contacts, which is great if you are looking for an internship or job in the future! Oh, and if you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.
Interested in becoming the next External Relations Coordinator of the Speed Dating Committee? Feel free to contact Suzanne (email@example.com) if you have any questions. For general information about the board and the available positions, you can read the brochure. Click here to apply to become an active member of MAEUR! The deadline is the 24th of September.