The time has come when positions need to be filled, heirs need to be decided and the greater needs of CivSoc need to be accounted for. February 10th marks the opening of CivSoc Elections, from this point forth you will be able to nominate yourself for a position. Peter! I hear you cry, and not for the first time young LIVIC reader, what position shall I run for? Well I have interrogated each and every committee member to find what they do, what skills you need and what they would improve on to give you an idea what you want to put in to your manifesto. Amongst the muffled cries of "let me go" and "you're hurting me" I present to you my findings below.

Chair Rachel
Chair Rachel

Position: Chair

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? Above the Top – He’s as important as they get..

What does the role entail? 

Sending/ receiving A LOT of emails, filling out forms and budgets etc. on eActivities - being financially responsible; so keeping proper track of all money. Also, organising events and talks, being the point of contact for the department/ CGCU/ some companies; which involves quite a few meetings, presentations and speeches, and of course making sure that the rest of the committee is happy and doing their jobs well.

What skills do you need?

Most important qualities would have to be being SUPER SUPER organised, being able to manage your time - you still have to do CivEng after all - and having an immense love for CivSoc because that is the only way you will find the motivation to keep everything going! Also, not being afraid of public speaking helps, although I can’t say I have that skill but you can learn on the job I guess. Having a committee who you work well with, I was lucky enough to be handed that from the start, is important so you may have to put some work into “team building”. It is also useful be on good terms with the staff in the Department as they are possibly the most useful resource for calming you down/ helping out when it seems like everything is about to come crashing down!

What would I improve upon for next year? 

Nothing. I’m awesome. Of course I’m joking, there is always room for improvement. I think one of my major flaws was in not organising the committee better, meetings are often quite shambolic, so I think having a proper agenda each time would be useful in reducing time wastage for everyone.

Now, reading over this, I’m starting to think I will do a better job of driving people away than encouraging them to run for Chair. But let me tell you, IT IS WORTH IT. Above all, working with the committee is so much fun and being able to organise the kind of events we want and seeing all the happy faces when they happen, makes it all worthwhile. Also, when an event comes together, or a budget gets approved, you will feel so satisfied! Not mentioning the feeling of power…don’t let it go to your head. There is of course the added bonus of the bazillon CV points you will get by being able to say you were the Chair of a society for 400 Undergraduates.

I think I have covered the main points, and probably rambled too, but if anyone has any questions or is thinking of running and wants advice, then just come and find me or drop me an email (rr2010).

Vice Chair Alberto
Vice Chair Alberto

Position: Vice Chair

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor?  Top

What does the role entail?

Moral Support for the Chair, sharing some of the tasks, and delivering a talk to prospective undergraduates every Wednesday about the relevance and importance of CivSoc in the context of the department (on the UCAS days).

What skills do you need?

You need to have a clear idea what CivSoc does, and you need to genuinely enjoy being an active part of this department. Good presentation skills are a bonus.

What would I improve upon for next year?

I would get more involved in running the CivSoc. The Chair has done a spectacular job in getting new events in the pipeline; all the credit goes to her. It’s been a very interesting experience thus far!

Treasurer Chloe
Treasurer Chloe

Position: Treasurer

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? More than top.. Skyscraper height.

What does the role include?

In short, the treasurer looks after the monies. You might think “yay, so much dollar”! However, this mainly involves fighting with the union’s internal banking and clubs/societies management system - eActivities. Once you belong to the 1% of the Imperial population that understand it, life is sweet. Until then, suck it up for 3 weeks and get involved with fun things like helping with events.

What skills do you need? 

Basic computer competency, simple maths, organisation and patience.

What would I improve upon for next year?

Certainly having someone on the committee that has previous CivSoc experience is a huge help. A good handover between yours truly and the next treasurer is a must! Little Miss Chair (who was on the committee last year) has been fantastic support so stage a coup if the next chair is pants.

Department Representative Aparna
Department Representative Aparna

Position: Dep Rep

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? Simply the best

What does the role entail?

Well, exactly what it says on the tin really. Acting as a representative for the students, primarily! Working with the year reps, you help bring up issues within the department and liaise with the faculty to help improve things for us! It’s a noble job.

What skills do you need?

Besides being super popular so you ACTUALLY get voted in; you need to be approachable, open minded and friendly. It’s also important that you are organised because you need to be able to handle the extra work! After all, with great power comes great responsibility ( yes, we’re allll about the cliches here in civ eng!)

What would I improve on for next year?

This is a tough one! The whole point of this job is to bring constant improvement to the department, so it is important to make sure that the students know who you are and encourage them to speak their mind and make suggestions! We want to increase our student satisfaction and the only way to do that is to make yourself be heard, so if you have some great ideas, run for dep rep!

Web Officer Jineesha
Web Officer Jineesha

Position:  Web Officer

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? #1 Fan

What does the role entail?

Looking after the ever important CivSoc social media pages and website. Being surgically attached to your smartphone helps, I am joking… (but not really)

What skills do you need?

Enough common sense to know how to use Facebook/Twitter etc. and some basic programming skills is enough for you to do this job. The basic mistakes you make in your Matlab codes in first year are likely to be similar to the ones you will make while working with the website

What would I improve upon for next year?

The forum on our website (now hidden temporarily except from those with the magical link – hint: it’s not so magical) needs to be given a bit more love. Aside from that, Twitter is a great way to keep on top of the latest CivEng news

Secretary Hannah
Secretary Hannah

Position: Secretary

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? 11/10

I did give Hannah a structure but she’s a maverick so you’ll have to make do with this:

Hi, I’m Hannah and I acted as secretary this year. The responsibility of this job is mainly to take minutes during the weekly Civsoc meetings and send them round to everyone afterwards. Sitting in on meetings is great fun when all you really have to worry about is writing stuff down! You also learn to listen carefully and pick out all the important points hidden between the endless supply of CivSoc banter!

Industrial Liaison Officer Paras
Industrial Liaison Officer Paras

Position: Industrial Liaison officer

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? Indispensable

What does the role entail?

The role has two main aspects that are interlinked, the first to attract and secure funding with different companies to ensure that tour is as cheap as possible and that we can keep subsiding all the amazing events we hold such as bar nights/Christmas dinner. The second aspect is to bring companies in and give engineering talks about interesting projects/challenges they have faced and how they have dealt with it. The aim of this is to give you the students a feel for what it’s like in the real world and the exciting work and technology being developed. The host of talks are career talks and recruitment talks are to ensure 4th year know all their options for where they want to start their career and to inform other years about summer placement/internship opportunities.

What skills do you need? 

As with all positions you need good time management so you don’t fall behind in work but are also able to organise the events and gets rooms booked/order food set up etc. Need to be confident and communicate/negotiate well to haggle with companies and get the most amount of money out of them as possible.

What would I improve upon for next year?

I would look to set up more long term contracts for sponsorship and attract more companies by starting a lot earlier. I would also try to vary the companies that come in and attract a broader array of companies. In addition I would want improve communication and relations with department to create a mutually beneficial strategic position.

International Tour Finance Officer Dominik
International Tour Finance Officer Dominik

Position: Tour Finance Officer

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? Phenomenal

What does the role entail?

Collaboration with the Department, Union, CGCU, other committee members, e-mail writing. Pretty much everything you can think of; yes Peter! Even writing articles for LIVIC! (Editor: Don’t forget about organising the whole tour thing!)

What skills do you need? 

You need to be able to listen to others’ opinions but at the same to be able to make a decision. You need to be slightly stingy and be careful with the money. Good organisation is key. (Editor: Don’t worry, you won’t need to pose in PPE with pieces of paper,...)

What would I improve upon for next year? That’s a difficult one because it’s really hard to improve something what is already perfect (Editor: I think my ego is rubbing off on everyone…) … Joking. I would definitely start contacting companies ASAP for the sponsorships and would start the

sign-up even earlier which would allow us to book the flights sooner.

Events & Sports Officer Mitesh
Events & Sports Officer Mitesh

Position: Events & Sports Officer.

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? I would share my bed with him. (Editor: Tuesday sound good for you?)

I did give Mitesh a structure but he’s a maverick so you’ll have to make do with this:

Food, beer, football & sex, make the world go around. I’m here to provide three of them; although rumour has it that the fourth can be found in the disabled loos. The events officer is the heart of all joy outside of 201. Be it noble intellectual pursuits, or down and dirty Sunday morning football, you have to cater for all interests. We have tried to add variety to the events hosted this year; you can be the judge of that. The work is not easy and there is a lot of it, but I cannot recommend the position highly enough. If you have enjoyed the events and want to be apart of creating them - apply. If you think I’ve done a terrible job and want to show me up - apply.  (Editor: Eliminating all impossible theories the only probable one left is to apply. The art of deduction.)

I’ve been lucky to work with such an amazing team this year. If you need more reason to run, you and your peers will have a huge influence in student life next year, it is great to be a part of. The Beatles had it right, I get by and I try ‘with a little help from my friends’, your wonderful committee (although I’m legally required to tell you to gloss over the getting high part).

History has been made; two officers in two years, both pioneering new CIVSOC events. And do not think that I am done with you yet. Think you’re up to the job?

If you still need more incentive… there is a secret cache of alcohol*!

*This may or may not be true

LIVIC Editor Peter
LIVIC Editor Peter

Position: LIVIC Editor

How Highly Do You Rate the LIVIC Editor? What a guy!

What does the role entail?

Writing, designing and distributing LIVIC. Pretty much the backbone of all humour in the Skempton; if you fail here you have failed us all. No pressure kid. It’s hard work, but like anything in life, the harder something is, the more rewarding it is. There’s a boner joke in there somewhere, you work it out!

What skills do you need?

You need to be tall, dark and handsome. Ok, you can’t replicate me, but you can try. You need to meet deadlines, you need to keep on top of anyone you have asked to write and you need to be able to be manage your time so you don’t drop of out Imperial and end up phone tapping for the Daily Mail.

What would I improve upon for next year?

I would definitely get more people to write, even if it started as a co-editor or a “Hot Topic” editor. When other people write it adds a different style to the magazine rather than it all being the musings of the editor. Also, I would try and write more reviews; there are definitely opportunities to write reviews on games or movies before they’re released.