Why You Should Consider Collegiate DECA Executive Office
“Every time we think we’ve measured our capacity to reach a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that the capacity may well be limitless.”
-President Bartlett, The West Wing.
As we begin another year of executive officer applications, it is important to look back on your time in Collegiate DECA and think of the impact this organization has had on you. What doors has DECA opened for you? Throughout this journey, who are some of the people that had an impact on you? And lastly, what have you learned from DECA that you wish everyone could learn? It’s important you begin asking yourself these questions if you want to run for office. Everyone has something to gain from DECA, how can you help them see the opportunities you once saw?
Serving as a Collegiate DECA Executive Officer is a lot more than smiling on stage and updating your social media handles. It’s hard work and dedication. It’s being able to represent 15,000 members and advisors for 12 months straight. Being able to communicate with them and update them on all things DECA. It’s planning conferences, writing articles, creating workshops, meeting with politicians and advocating for Career and Technical Education, creating and implementing programs for the benefit of all members, and, most important, it’s giving back to the organization and members that helped shape you into who you are.
The experience is like non-other. If you’re willing to do all the above and more, then I highly encourage you to run for office. Here are three tips to prepare for an executive campaign:
1. Be prepared to meet with all associations:
At ICDC, you will caucus with dozens of voting delegates to present your ideas for the future of Collegiate DECA. Be prepared for each and every meeting and remember no two associations are the same. How can you help each specific association thrive?
2. Surround yourself with the right team:
You need people to help keep you on track throughout a long week of campaigning. Scheduling all those meetings can be tough, so having someone to keep track of all meetings and activities is crucial. You need to be focused on what to say and how to present yourself.
3. Stay true to yourself:
Remember where your DECA journey began, what made you love DECA and what made you want to give back. Speak with confidence and let everyone know why you are qualified for the position. And please, if you want to do this just for the resume, rethink it. This experience extends far beyond the resume. It’s an experience that will impact your life forever.