Omar Elsiefy – Partnership Manager – 2018/2019
My name is Omar Elsiefy and it is my honor to present myself as the Partnership Manager of the 11th ESN Rotterdam Board. I am currently in my second year of the International Business Administration programme at the Rotterdam School of Management. I am Egyptian, but I was born in England and raised in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Having lived in many countries, and interacted with people from various backgrounds along the way, I have become culturally aware and developed an open-minded attitude. One of the main reasons I chose to study in Rotterdam is its diverse student population, and Rotterdam being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. I am very passionate about external relations and management; that in combination with my international background makes being the Partnership Manager of ESN Rotterdam a perfect fit for me.
Why a board year?
During my first year, I had attended many ESN events, and I fell in love with ESN because of their mission “for students, by students”. As an international student in Rotterdam, I experienced some of the challenges international students face on a daily basis, and I wanted to be able to make a change. ESN was the best platform for this since it is the largest international student organization, and hence it must represent them and voice their concerns. The reason I chose a board year instead of joining a committee was the level of involvement. I was part of a committee in a different association last year, and even though I had learned a lot and it was gratifying, I knew I could and wanted to do more!
Why Partnership Manager?
At this point, I know I wanted the following. I wanted to do a board year, I wanted to be part of an international student organization, and lastly, I wanted to do something related to my studies. ESN’s mission spoke to me the most, and I felt the most relevant position based on my past experiences and studies was partnership manager. It was similar to what I did in the previous year as a committee member, so I already had some background. Additionally, I am also a very social person that can get along well with others, so approaching people and having to meet with the external partners of ESN is something I enjoy as I get to expand my personal network all whilst adding value to the students of Rotterdam.
Being the Partnership Manager of ESN Rotterdam is a very rewarding job that holds many responsibilities.
First, you are in charge of improving the ESNCard by adding valuable discounts to students. This means finding new ESNCard partners, whilst maintaining the current ones.
Second, you must constantly communicate with all external parties of ESN. These external parties range from ESNCard partners such as 010 Bikes, Housing Anywhere and Eetcafé Concordia, to university officials in various areas such as the International-, Housing- and Diversity & Inclusion- offices to managers of venues like the VIP-Room where we hold our weekly party.
Last, as partnership manager one of your main areas of focus is the professionalization of ESN, hence you are responsible for the Career Committee which plans the International Career Day amongst other career events.
Overall, to be a successful partnership manager you need strong social & communication, analytical and leadership skills. As well as, motivation and attention to detail.
If you have any questions about being the partnership manager of ESN Rotterdam, stop by for a chat and coffee or please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 4009 2777.
Life After ESN // Daniel van Loenen // 9th Board
My name is Daniel and I was the Partnership Manager of the 9th board of ESN Rotterdam. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, but I have a double nationality (Dutch and Polish). Despite this diverse background, a board year at an international organization like ESN contributed to both my personal and professional life. On a personal note, I can say that I made friends for life. I am still in touch with many people I met during my board year. This refers to people who were part of ESN or other exchange students who came to Rotterdam. The cool thing about this is that ESN brings you in touch with people from all over the world which establishes a truly global network. On a professional note, working with your committee and other board members is an extremely valuable experience. You learn to collaborate with people from different cultures, resolve conflicts, lead meetings, present proposals, and manage your time effectively. All in all, many skills you will need for your future job.