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Are you looking to improve your CV by studying abroad or joining the Programme Committee? Then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered all the information about ways to upgrade your resume that are offered by the UvA!
The Programme Committee
In the Programme Committee lecturers and students can jointly influence the teaching offered in the Psychology degree programme. The committee is made up of an equal number of lecturers and students. Each programme group is represented by one of it’s lecturers. The committee’s student members work in close communication with the ombud student, the VSPA, the Student Council and the student fractions of the programme groups. Programme committee members usually serve a two-year term.
The PC is an important advisory organ, and therefore a great addition to your resume.
For more information see: https://student.uva.nl/psychology/content/az/programme-committee—psy/programme-committee—psy.html
If you have any questions for the PC, you can always send an email to: email@example.com
The Focus Group
The education and the evaluation reports are discussed with the teachers and students of the Focus Group. The Focus Group students help the teachers with the interpretation of the reports and they advise the teachers and policy officers on how to improve the education and the educational environment.
Therefore the Focus Group is an easy way to contribute to the quality of the education, without taking too much of your time.
If you have any questions or want to registrate for the focus group, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studying abroad is a great way to expand your horizon and gain an unforgettable international experience. The UvA offers many different exchange programmes at different locations. From studying in South-Africa for a semester to doing a summer school in Japan, almost anything is possible!
Make sure you start your research well in advance because the application deadline is often more than half a year before the actual departure to your destination of choice.
For more information see:
For any questions about studying abroad you can send an email to: email@example.com
The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you develop your study skills. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:
Compact weekly workshops (every two months)
- Smart reading skills (1 hour)
- How to process the study material (1 hour)
- Smart planning: the basics (1 hour)
- Tips for exams (1 hour)
- Jumpstart your thesis (2 x 2,5 hours)
- Smart planning: extended (2 hours)
- Study skills: the Dutch approach (2 hours)
- Studying at home: a challenge? (1 hour)
For more information and the updated overview, see the UvA website
The UvA offers multiple workshops to offer any form of psychological support. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:
- Dealing with fear of (online) public speaking (online; training)
- Dealing with loneliness and isolation (online; training)
- Graduation support (online; continuous support group)
- Managing stress (online; group)
- Mindfulness (online; training)
- Stress relief hour (online)
Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview
The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you with your career orientation. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:
- Resilience: rebuilding confidence in finding work (2 hours)
- Discover what you want in work (2,5 hours)
- Finding a job in the Netherlands (1 hour)
- Writing your cover letter (1 hour)
- Ace your job interview (2 hours)
Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview.
The UvA offers two workshops to help you with the process of studying abroad. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:
- How to choose your study abroad destination (1 hour)
- How to finance your study abroad experience (1 hour)
Check the UvA website for more information and a complete and updated overview.
Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.
The VSPA also offers a lot of opportunities to improve your resume, e.g. by doing a board year or joining certain more serious committees. Below we have gathered all the information you need!
P.S. If you are interested in doing Work & Organisational Psychology, joining one of these committees may be perfect for you, since they contribute to your critical thinking and experience within the field!
If you are interested in any of these committees, you can always contact one of the board members for more information, keep an eye on our social media, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year the VSPA is run by a new board. This board consists of 6 highly motivated Psychology students that get selected by the Application Committee and the members. They are responsible for the association as a whole and for all of her committees, members and activities. They work full time throughout the entire academic year. A board consists of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Committee Affairs Officer, Study Committee Affairs Officer, and Officer of Sales & Acquisition. All of these functions have different roles within the board, but all of them are indispensable to the functioning of the board.
Doing a board year is a big commitment, but it is also something that looks great on your CV, and is a lot of fun to do. But, most of all, you are able to contribute in making the student life of psychology students at the UvA even better. Consider a board year, because you acquire knowledge that is useful for the rest of your life.
Applying for a board position starts in February. You will go through an application process in which you do interviews and matching days, to make sure the best combination of applicants get selected.
The advisory organs: CAC and SB
The treasurer of the board keeps track of the financial part of the association. However, on behalf of the GMA, the treasurer of the board will always be checked by the Cash Audit Committee (CAC). Members of the CAC will also attend board meetings to give their critical opinions on financial matters. The CAC often consists of old treasures or students who are interested in the financial side of the association, but it’s not necessary. The members of the CAC will be elected by the GMA.
The Supervisory Board (SB) checks, on behalf of the GMA, whether the board is keeping to their policy and the charter (official statutes/rules of the association). In addition to this controlling function, the SB plays an advisory role in the decision making of the board and will be elected as the private contact persons of the board. If a board member would like to discuss professional or private issues, which has influence on the quality of their performance, the SB-members could be helpful during that period. The SB-members attend board meetings and often consist of old board members or members with a lot of experience in the policy process of the VSPA. As all of the other administrative bodies, members will be elected by the GMA.
General Members Assembly (GMA) Committee
Every new plan or idea of the board, with a big enough influence on the association, has to be approved in the General Members Assembly (GMA). In addition, all the administrative bodies are elected during GMA’s. During a GMA, at least 1% of the members of the VSPA must be present. As a member, you can express your opinion, contribute to the thinking process, ask questions and decide whether proposals should be accepted or denied. This way, all of the members have a significant influence on the current situation and the future of the association.
During a GMA you get a little more insight into the serious side of the association. The committee that organizes the GMA’s, thinks about the policy and prepares the agenda for the GMA’s is the GMA-Committee (GMAtee)
The committee consists of a chair, a secretary and possibly general members. The chair leads the assemblies and the secretary writes everything down what is discussed during the GMA’s. The general members help with the preparations and promotion of the GMA’s.
Lustrum Coordination Committee (LCC)
On the 14th of may 1941 the VSPA was founded by Marie (Mia) Rijk van Ommeren. This means that every five year, we are looking for a special committee to help us celebrate this milestone. As a member of the Lustrum Coordination Committee (LCC) you will have a lot of freedom in what kind of activities you choose to organise. During our 75th anniversary this committee organised a pool party for instance. There is more than enough room for creativity in this committee! This committee will take you around an hour per week, but this will increase to approximately five hours a week as the event(s) near. The next LCC will be chosen at the end of the academic year 2024/2025.
First Year Weekend Coordination Committee (FCC)
The First Year Weekend (FYW) takes place at the start of the year. This is the weekend where first year psychology students spend a great weekend together in the south of The Netherlands to get to know each other and older VSPA-members. For many students this is one of the most enjoyable VSPA-activities of the year! The weekend is full of fun activities, games, food, and parties: the perfect place to make some friends. The committee always starts in April and will finish after the first year’s weekend. The workload of the committee is pretty high so be aware of this. Every spring, around five coordinators will be elected at the GMA, who will work together to create a weekend which will never be forgotten. In addition to the First Year Coordination Committee (FCC), many people are still needed to make the FYW a success. Would you like to become a FYW volunteer mentor next year, keep an eye on the VSPA-platforms for more information.
Application Committee (AC)
The Application Committee (AC) is responsible for finding the perfect next board of the VSPA. The AC holds interviews and organizes the assessment day with the psychology students who apply for a position in the new board. During this process, you analyze the interviews, the personal characteristics, the competences and the possible pitfalls of the applications. After the procedure, the AC presents their board with their motives to the GMA. The GMA then votes on whether to accept this future board.
The AC consists of multiple members, who all have a different connection with the association. Around December the AC will be elected during a GMA. Do not underestimate the hours you will be spending interviewing the applicants and analyze them afterwards, together with the rest of your committee.