Today our tour of JCI chambers around the UK means we find out about Geraldine McEvoy from JCI Belfast.
When did you join JCI and how have you enjoyed your membership so far?
I joined JCI Belfast in January 2010 when I started working as a trainee accountant in FPM Chartered Accountants in Belfast. I’ve really enjoyed being a member of JCI Belfast – I’ve gotten to know a lot of people through attending both the social and members events, and it’s also been a great opportunity to develop my network of contacts.
What has been your highlight so far?
Being awarded the Best New Member at the 2011 President’s Awards has definitely been the highlight of my membership so far. It’s nice to know that the time and effort I put into JCI is recognised and appreciated. Being a part of the organising committee for the 2012 UK National Convention has also been great.
Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?
I volunteered to act on the organising committee for the 2012 UK National Convention and I act as the Venue Co-ordinator. When I joined JCI I never imagined that I’d be given such a big responsibility and we’ve all put a lot of time and effort into organising the Convention. Although it was a little daunting at first it’s all coming together really well and I’m looking forward to the Convention – it’s shaping up to be a great weekend!
What are you hoping to do in JCI going forwards?
I’ve been actively involved in JCI Belfast since I joined and I’m hoping that this remains the case going forward. I’d definitely like to take up a position on the Board and who knows – maybe become President of my local chapter one day!
What advice would you give to those considering joining JCI?
Go for it! JCI is a fantastic organisation and it’s helped me to develop my networking and public speaking skills. JCI gives it members a great opportunity to become involved in all kinds of events and projects that you may not become involved in otherwise! JCI also looks good on any CV – in the current economic climate employers are looking for people who are willing to give something back to the community and who are keen to boost both their own profile and their employers, joining JCI will show your employer that you’re committed to your professional development and it will give you the essential skills to move forward in your career. Finally, once you’ve joined up make sure you make the most of your membership – volunteer to sit on one of the various committees within your local chapter, help to organise an event and attend the training sessions – the rewards are well worth the time and effort.
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