Remy Dinh – VP & Partnership Manager – 2021/2022
My name is Remy and I am a soon-to-be third-year IBA student. I am half Dutch and half Vietnamese by birth. But have always lived in the same old boring Dutch city of Spijkenisse. I have a passion for traveling, different cultures and absolutely love sports. These are also a couple of the reasons why I joined the sports committee of ESN last year.
Why a board year?
After a year of Covid-19 restricted events, I wanted to go out there and be able to actually improve the skills that I learned throughout my IBA bachelor. Especially after the period where both we as an organization and a lot of businesses had a hard time, combining forces and creating mutual value is of utmost importance.
As the Partnership Manager, it is important to have a very firm understanding of ESN’s ability to help local and larger businesses. It is important to not over-promise and provide lofty idealizations of how potential partnerships may work. The Partnership Manager needs to understand, as much as possible, what it is that ESN can provide to partners as it is a two-way street. The ESNcard, for example, is a fantastic way for newer companies to cement a reputation in the minds of students through discounts. On the flip side though, some companies prefer to maintain their brand image and thus opt out of providing discounts. The goal of offering valuable collaborations to new partners is therefore a major goal that the Partnership Manager must always aim to reach. On top of discount hunting, the Partnership Manager’s other, equally significant, role in ESN is to spice things up for the professional side of things. The annual International Career Days for example brings companies closer to students and there are career related events scattered throughout the year. The Partnership Manager needs to understand that there is no one solution to the everlasting problem of students looking to get started with their careers. In doing so, the Partnership Manager oversees the Career Committee in ensuring that university students feel more confident in their ability to filter out their personal strengths and weaknesses in order to assess what a future career may look like.
Also, as the Vice President, I will be in close contact with the president and support him in his role of overseeing the board and being the spokesperson of the organization wherever I can.
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.