My name is Mathilde de Jonge and I am the Secretary and Vice-President of the 36th board of B&R Beurs. I joined B&R Beurs 4 years ago because I didn’t know much about investing and wanted to learn all about it. In this interview, you can read more about how it is to be Secretary and why I decided to apply for a board position. If you have still any questions after reading this interview, feel free to contact me at email@example.com, +31(0)6 47 02 89 06 or simply stop by our office (P-1.074).
Why did you apply for a board year?
From the moment I joined B&R Beurs, I became an active member. Throughout the years I was a member of the Almanac Committee, Investment Week & Symposium Committee, and the Design Committee. While doing these committees, I had the chance to develop myself and get to know lots of new people every year. Especially during my time in the Investment Week & Symposium Committee, I had the opportunity to work closely with the board. I saw how much dedication, time and effort they spent for making everything go smoothly. Last year, I decided that I want to develop myself even further and wanted to give something back to our beautiful society. Hence, I applied for a board position.
What are your main tasks as Secretary?
As Secretary, you are the main contact person for all members and stand in the middle of the society. Whenever someone has a question, mostly I am the first person who is helping them out. As Secretary, I have a variety of tasks to do. Besides helping members with their questions, I am responsible for sending the Weekly Mail, maintaining the member database and website, supervising Investment Groups and more. Next to that, a lot of tasks are popping up during the day. Therefore, there is never a dull moment!
What skills should a good Secretary possess?
I think that the most important skill is that you should be good at planning and organizing. Many tasks come along your path during the week, therefore you should be able to manage that well. Another skill is that you don’t mind working hard and cope with some pressure now and then. Especially in the beginning during the Introduction and Group Formation Period, there are some high peaks in work pressure. Next to that, it is important that the members know who you are so it is easier for them to approach you. Therefore, it is good to socialize at events. Luckily, that is more fun than an obligation.
Did it meet your expectations and what has been your best moment so far?
It definitely met my expectations so far. I knew from the beginning that the Introduction Period would be extremely busy. However, in the meantime, it is also the most fun period. I got to know many new members and did my best to made them feel home at B&R Beurs. Every time I see members enjoying our social and career-related events, it makes me proud. Communication, dedication and time management are the key components to a good board year. Not everything always goes as planned, but then it is up to you to make the best of it.
There are so many highlights that I can’t name them all. This year, we welcomed more than 500 new members and overall our society has reached more than 1300 members! These milestones are definitely something I am proud of, which means that all our hard work paid off. I always have liked the themed drinks and parties and I am glad that the whole board dressed up during the party at the Introduction Weekend and the Carnaval Drink.
Last but not least, the most asked question I get is “How do you survive your board year with 5 men?”. Sometimes, I just don’t know the answer to that question 😉 No, but seriously, it has been an amazing journey so far. When I joined my Investment Group there was only one other woman compared to 12 men. Therefore, I can say that I am used to it and luckily didn’t face any problems. Everyone is always working hard and dedicated to our society. It feels like they are my brothers and I couldn’t ask for better ones!
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