Ganesh, a second year student in Business Management, told us about his experiences on the Chartered Management Institute's student ambassador programme.
The Chartered Management Institute is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
In 2016, Anglia Ruskin became the first university in the East of England to have a CMI student ambassador programme. Students studying at our Business School work in partnership with the CMI as management and leadership champions, raising awareness of the Institute and its excellent benefits to student members.
Ganesh, who's also a Business School intern, told us about his valuable voluntary position.
What do you enjoy most about your role as a CMI student ambassador?
The empowerment from seeing my ideas and opinions considered and the feeling of added value. I recently raised the possibility of an entrepreneur’s qualification; now, I have to consider its structure before pitching it formally.
Why do you think the two positions in the East of England are occupied by ARU students?
I think [it's] because Anglia Ruskin University has a burgeoning reputation. This is illustrated by the fact that it has been named as the joint 38th best in the UK by the Times Higher Education World rankings. Additionally, it received the Times Higher Education Award for the Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2014. Facilities, such as the university library, and modern campus create an environment of opportunity.
What would you say have been your biggest challenges since being in this position and how were you able to overcome them?
The biggest challenge is the requirement for public speaking. Recently, I had to overcome this by speaking to the new intake of undergraduate and postgraduate business school students at ARU. Practice as part of my degree, such as a presentation on globalisation, has bolstered my confidence to master the necessary skills.
Do you feel that your experience in the Business School has helped prepare you for some of the experiences you’ve had within the CMI?
I feel I am more adaptable, versatile and have more conviction to follow my passions. This means suggestions on how to retain members after graduation, and personally utilising social media for promotion of gender equality in management positions are pursued
What’s been your favourite experience?
My favourite experience has been when I came up with an idea regarding a contest, pertaining to a pitch to solve a managerial role that may earn students the ability to publish in Professional Manager – and possibly be rewarded with a prize. I am working on the business case for the idea currently.
What advice would you give to other students considering a similar experience?
Apply quickly! Such a rich experience gives you the opportunity to develop skills through working with your fellow ambassadors, attending board meetings and representing the CMI at events on campus such as the Freshers' Fair. These activities ultimately help you to find your voice and your path for the future.
Tell me more about your invitation to speak at an upcoming event
The invitation will mean that I potentially give a video testimonial for the CMI website. This is an exciting prospect. Additionally, I will be attending the CMI Higher Education Conference, and will be published in their white paper speaking about the benefits of CMI membership and the experience of being a CMI student ambassador.
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