It’s been like this since time immemorial: reputation matters and what you do for a living.
Sooner or later, these topics emerge in human interaction. A new person in your life will ask about your vocation, where you went to school, what university clubs you attended, what makes you happy about your work, or what challenges you are facing at the moment. And, even on a subconscious level, i.e. unintentionally this person will label you: as an engineer, as an artist, as an entrepreneur, as an activist.
If Peter asks something specifically about your profession, “Which airline would you recommend when I want to travel to Denmark?” or “What is the best type of meal when I want to cut down on eating carbs?”, your expertise can shine to the fullest. You engage in an animated conversations, with sparks in your eyes and eloquent jargon of your profession. “It depends on several factors. What I would recommend you do first is…”
In the online world, many memes and internet groups were created to remind us of a phenomenon which first had started in the “real” world - the respect and authority of others stem from your reputation. So, trust me, “I am… (fill in the gaps with your preferred answer)” makes perfect sense.
If you are an MUNer, here are three things people might trust you for because of your MUN profile both in professional and personal life.
1) MUNers want to contribute with greater activism to their communities or globally. It can be debating, distributing meals to poor people, conducting a science festival in their town. Or organizing a better and more professional MUN than last year.
2) MUNers love different angles when it comes to analyzing situations, discussing solutions, and implementing them. Being able to see things from various perspectives is a quality highly demanded on the job market. Thus, the unique format of MUN conferences where delegates represent different countries’ viewpoints certainly equips MUNers with this kind of flexibility and empathy in their skillset.
3) MUNers strive to be represent their work professionally. From dress-code to handshake, from intonation to word choice, MUNers are quite aware of their own presence and the presence of others. Many MUN attendees want to work and develop their careers in international business or diplomacy where presence, not solely appearance matters. It is about your charisma, manners and being polished, not about your hair colour or shoe brand on your feet.
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