Business student experiences leadership at CHOGM
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Dominic Lindsay (back, centre) and the CHOGM Team Leader student volunteers
Business student Dominic Lindsay has added some extensive work experience to his resume with a six month stint working on CHOGM 2011 alongside Volunteering WA. The experience culminated in a role as Team Leader during the event in October.
Dominic is currently studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Management and Civil Engineering, and is also the president of ECU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter. He heard about the opportunity through a meeting with the ECU SIFE team.
Exclusively offered to ECU students, he and eight of his peers took up Administration Support roles with Volunteering WA in May. From June to September he helped to run training events for the volunteer cohort for CHOGM. Over 500 volunteers were needed for the event, including transport officers, venue officers, and drivers.
Following their dedication and commitment to the program over the winter, Dominic and all eight of his peers were successful in securing Team Leader roles for the actual event. Their roles saw them manage and oversee volunteers in the venue, transport and driving areas, for which they received extra training from Volunteering WA.
Dominic worked for seven days over CHOGM in the transport area, meeting with members of the CHOGM taskforce, briefing volunteers for the days ahead of them, allocating positions to volunteers to ensure all areas were covered, troubleshooting and problem-solving, and making on-the-spot decisions in the absence of others.
“A lot of what I’d learned in my Management classes applied, and the experience I gained as an ECU SIFE member helped too – I had to think critically, and use leadership skills to keep everyone happy and things running smoothly. It was a great opportunity, both professionally and personally,” he said.
Dominic and all the volunteers were also invited to attend a special breakfast on Friday 4 November at the new State Reception Centre. During the breakfast, Premier Colin Barnett thanked the volunteers for their efforts over the previous weekend, as did Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and CHOGM Taskforce Head Terry Crane.
For more information on the workplace opportunities available to Faculty of Business and Law students, contact Ms Janet Simmons.
Ms Janet Simmons
Workplace Opportunities Co-ordinator
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5970