It is no surprise that Model United Nations provides participants and organizers with useful skills for the future.
These skills can translate not only into a successful academic record but also a fulfilling career. In an international job market that is filled with recessions, youth unemployment and unpaid internships – how can young people transition from MUN to education to jobs?
The answer is by applying the useful skills learned from Model United Nations and using them for your benefit.
But first, what are the skills gained from participating in Model United Nations?
A few of the obvious and clear skills are outlined here:
1.Understanding the Rules and Making Them Work for You. Like most formal political processes, Model UN conferences operate according to strict Rules of Procedure. In order to participate, you need to understand how they work and feel confident and comfortable using them.
2.Making Compelling, Informative Speeches. To communicate your country’s policy recommendations to your committee, you will need to learn how to give compelling speeches in the context of formal debate.
3.Caucusing Efficiently. Much of the business of your committee happens in the informal negotiations that happen while formal debate is suspended.
4.Conducting Yourself Diplomatically. Your behavior and speech in a diplomatic setting like Model UN should be carefully calibrated to build consensus, resolve problems and deescalate conflict
5.Understanding Strategy and Tactics. Getting what your country wants out of your committee involves thinking very carefully about strategy and tactics to guide your activities efficiently.
6.Writing Clear and Coherent Resolutions, Reports and/or Treaties. The final product of your work in committee will be a collectively authored document to be voted on at the end of the conference.
These skills directly correlate to more organized, efficient and well-rounded individuals.
But how do you apply these skills to the job market? How do you go beyond the MUN you are planning or being a delegate in? The answer lies in applying the skills you gain by being a successful organizer or delegate.
1.Public Speaking- Employers are looking to hire people who can not only sell a product, a project or a client list – they are looking for people to sell themselves. The public speaking and ability to be comfortable during MUN means you will be successful in interviews and in large presentations. This can apply to corporate jobs, government or non-profit jobs.
2.Negotiation skills – negotiate for you, for a better salary, for a raise, for a better project. Negotiations lead to compromising and the ability to work in an environment that suits your needs and the needs of your employer.
3.Leadership – Being a leader in the work place is important toward establishing yourself and growing within a company or organization. MUN skills have given you the opportunity to lead, not follow.
4.Self confidence – perhaps the most influential and hardest to quantify is self confidence. The ability to engage in MUN provides confidence in yourself that is invaluable toward the work force and career itself.
All of these skills are extremely important toward your future in academics, volunteering and career. Ultimately, Model United Nations provide skills toward engaging in a successful life!