Biggest lesson learnt during the process?
Jess: Organise your time in advance if you can! Have social media posts prepared and ready to post in advance. It’s so incredibly time consuming and can stop you from doing other tasks that could boost your outreach.
Jody: The biggest lesson that I learnt was probably not to stress too much. At the time it was very stressful and exhausting but looking back, just try to enjoy it because everything happens for a reason!
What are you doing now, and how did the LeadLUU experience help you get there?
Jess: I work for LUU! I’m a Communication Engagement Assistant helping manage our social media channels and grabbing content whenever I can! The LeadLUU experience definitely helped me as I gained social media skills, confidence and even more familiarity with LUU.
Jody: I’m working as a Data and Insight Coordinator. LeadLUU helped me with general confidence, creativity and resilience-building, which are all useful skills to have in any workplace.
What support did you access during your time as a candidate?
Jess: I got an extension on my Final Year Project, which was great as it meant I could put all my energy into my campaign. I also had 1 on 1 support sessions with my LUU mentor, which was great for my mental health. All the candidate training and the constant support from the Political Engagement Team was fab too.
Jody: Mike [LUU’s Democratic Engagement Manager, who runs LeadLUU each year] held regular calls with candidates to answer any questions and we also spoke to the Exec team in post at the time. There was also training to help us with our campaigns and candidate statements.
What advice would you give this year’s candidates and those thinking of running?
Jess: I would say just go for it because you get so many skills out of it and the support you get is exceptional. If you do run, just be yourself and good luck!
Jody: If you’re thinking about it, just do it! You never know what will happen and even if you don’t win, it’s another part of your university experience to look back on.
It’s clear that being a LeadLUU candidate is a really positive experience, helping students to ignite passions, network on campus, and build essential confidence and skills for their future career. If you’re worried about balancing your different responsibilities or running a campaign for the first time, there’s loads of support and guidance available during your time as a candidate. That includes everything from briefing sessions to mentors, and even LUU’s usual Help & Support service – you can find all the details in our Candidate Resources hub. You can also email the team at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We’re getting towards the end of the nomination period, which closes on Friday 4 February, and we’d love for as many students as possible to put their name forward. If Jody and Jess’ accounts have helped you make your mind up, register your interest today.