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Already in a position where you can apply leadership skills? That’s great! The Applied Leadership Experience credits do not need to come from a completely new position. If preferred, the applied experience can align with a current position where you can apply new skills. As you begin to apply for the Applied Leadership Experience, you will need to review your position and create tangible goals where you consciously develop and apply leadership skills.
Here is an example where a student was already in a position and supplemented the experience with specific tasks to enhance their leadership role.
Original Position: The student was hired as a START Leader for Oregon State University and saw an opportunity to submit an internship proposal to their Leadership Minor advisor.
Their original duties consisted of:
Enhanced Position: To include a developmental leadership component to their position, the student focused on a few leadership skills to add to their duties. Initially, the student focused on enhancing their public speaking abilities and how to professionally represent the university. Concerning all of student’s prior responsibilities as a START leader, they reviewed each task and added a leadership lens.
These additions were:
The student used this opportunity to help them learn how to handle high pace and stressful environments in the medical field. They hoped to more easily lead large groups of people throughout the day in a professional manner. Prior to the Internship experience, the student looked at their position as a START Leader merely as a summer job. After the internship experience, this student gained priceless, practical, and professional knowledge by intentionally focusing on tangible leadership goals.
Original Position: This specific Leadership Minor student was working in a company’s marketing department as the Event Marketing Specialist. The student knew in order to advance in the company they would need to begin gaining experience leading others and overseeing projects. To apply new leadership skills, the individual took the initiative and became a Team Leader for a new client project.
Their original duties as an event specialist consisted of:
Enhanced Position: After accepting the position as a Team Leader, the individual identified specific ways they would apply leadership skills to successfully lead their marketing team.
The enhanced responsibilities included: