You there! I see you reading this post! So you’re interested in running/applying for a position, huh? Well, look no further because I’m here: your Kiwanis queen Christina Lam! For those of you who don’t know me or may not know, I served as CSUF’s 2018-2019 Kiwanis Family Chair and currently serve as both Citrus’s 2019-2020 Kiwanis Family Relations Director and the 2019-2020 Citrus Liaison on the CNH District Kiwanis Family and Foundations Committee. Some of you reading this may have experienced this before (or may even be experiencing this now), but it’s currently what a lot of us returning members like to call “seed-planting season,” the time when everyone calls out who’s going to run or apply for a position. A lot of times, it’ll sound like a joke, but that’s usually how it starts.
Using myself as an example, I didn’t consider applying for Kiwanis Family Chair until someone mentioned it to me *cough* Henry Pham *cough* Honestly though, if it weren’t for that push, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so thank you Herny. That being said, keep in mind your capabilities. Yes, it’s good to push yourself in order to grow, but don’t take on too much at once! It’s okay to take small steps to reach your goals! If you’re ever having any concerns or thoughts on a certain position, consult those who currently hold that position and even their predecessors! They would have the insight and advice you may need as well as the knowledge of that position so you know what you’d be getting into. This is very important because you want to know if you’re capable of juggling Circle K along with all your other responsibilities. While Circle K should not be your first priority, you are still reliable for the work you are expected to fulfill in that position, and you don’t want to be so burnt out from Circle K that you lose your passion for the organization!
Now, as for actually running or applying for positions, keep an open mind. You may not get a position you wanted the first time, but remember that leaves you with other opportunities! I wasn’t able to get on the District KFF Committee last year, but I’m on it this year, and I’m glad it worked out that way because now I have more experience! For those of you who may not have as much experience, don’t worry because experience is only one aspect out of many. For many people, myself included, the majority of the experience you need is built up while holding a position, rather than before. You can learn everything you need to know while in position; you just need to make sure you’re passionate about what you’re doing so you don’t lose all motivation.
To summarize it all, here’s a list of some general tips to keep in mind about positions!
1. Don’t take on a position you’re not all that interested in.
You’re going to hate it, and your work will reflect that.
2. Don’t take on a position you’re absolutely not ready for.
You can lack experience and still get a position, but if you’re not ready to take on all the responsibilities that come with having that position just yet, then maybe start smaller.
3. If you have a position, you will feel burnt out at least once during your term.
It’s normal. Circle K can drain your time, money, and energy, so take a well-deserved break when you need it. The important thing is to be able to bounce back after!
4. Don’t feel pressured to take on a position because others are expecting you to.
It’s okay to admit you don’t want to run or apply for a position yet. At the end of the day, it is your decision to make, not anyone else’s.
5. Talk to others.
Consult with those around you! You have so many people in this organization who probably have gone through the same thing as you, and they may not even have had the position you’re interested in!
Thank you for reading this long post, and perhaps one of you reading this may hold a position in the future!
P.S. Feel free to talk to me if you’re thinking about positions, especially KFAM wink!