20 Dec Enactus Ireland ABLO’S: Lessons Learnt
As Christmas draws near, we took some time to speak to our students who act as the advisory board liaison officer for their team. Their role is important as they are the main point of contact between the team and their advisory board and they ensure regular meetings take place throughout the year. All of our ABLO’s would like to take this opportunity to thank all faculty advisers, business advisers and alumni who serve on their advisory board and have highlighted one thing they have learnt from them this year.
‘We have learnt about setting continuous goals along with a main goal. A lot of the time, we would forget to include the small steps that are needed for our goals to be achieved. Our advisers give us a realistic outlook and enable us to act like a real business needs to in order to succeed. The advisory board is also a great opportunity as it helps us to prepare for the working world. The board constantly challenge us to explain ourselves which is similar to being in a workplace environment where we will have to constantly justify our actions.’
‘Working with the advisory board so far this year have been a tremendous learning curve. They have given so much time at our meetings to best develop our projects! One thing in particular that we have learnt from working with the board is that Enactus is so much than just the committee we have – it’s an extensive network of people, all working towards a better world. This has served as a major motivator to see that shared passion from industry and academic experts alike.’
‘Over the course of a few months, our advisory board have given our team an incredible amount of support, feedback and guidance for each our new ideas and on-going projects. One of the most important things that our team has learned is to never rush ahead and to always take the time needed on the small steps before jumping ahead. The board enable us to stay in line with our goals and to not feel disheartened if the route wasn’t exactly like the one that was planned.’
‘There are several things that we have learnt from our board this year including the importance of time keeping, deadlines and the role that planning has on a team’s success. One in particular that stands out for us as a team is communication. Without communication among team members the ability to get tasks completed is severely diminished and it falls on the shoulders of a select few. The board enable us to communicate effectively with team members as they have encouraged us to use apps such as slack.’
At Enactus Ireland, we would like to thank all of our faculty advisers, business advisers, alumni, facilitators and volunteers who enable our students to create social entrepreneurial projects that positively impact our local and global communities.