This month’s Member of the Month is one of JCI Edinburgh’s newest members, Cameron Reid. Cameron is from Wick, a small town in the Scottish Highlands, and currently in his 4th year of studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Stirling. He have dedicated himself to various volunteering placements within the community of Wick and Stirling and has been involved in the organisation of multiple events and projects. He also work at the University’s Careers and Employability Service. Read more about Cameron’s JCI story…
How long have you been a member of JCI for?
Since May 2016.
What made you decide to join?
I found out about JCI through a colleague who was delivering a training session at the JCI Scotland National Conference in April. She gave me the opportunity to attend the conference and assist her with the session. There, I spoke to many members and learned about the development and social opportunities within JCI: locally, nationally and internationally. At the same time, I had been striving to develop my public speaking and presentation skills alongside my confidence in new situations so joining JCI provided me with both these opportunities, and much more. I also found out that JCI also has projects which focus on creating positive change, encouraging members to become active citizens, which also aligns with my values.
What are some of the highlights of your experience in JCI?
Although I have only been a member for a few months now, I have numerous highlights. I have been along to several Charlotte Square Club sessions to improve my public speaking and debating skills, and social evenings allowing me to meet new people and improve my confidence in new environments. I have also just completed JCI Achieve and JCI Impact, which has allowed me to further my development within JCI, personally and professionally.
To anyone who is thinking to join, what would you say to them?
JCI is an excellent network if you want to meet new people, learn new skills, and develop yourself. Make the most out of all the opportunities which arise because you never know where they may lead you. There are always events to help you develop or unwind. Finally, definitely try the international side, if you are able to! I am beginning to get involved now because members have said the opportunities there are remarkable and I would like to get involved on this level also.
And lastly, in one word, describe what JCI means to you?
Seize and make the most out of all the opportunities that arise- and JCI is full of opportunities. All opportunities help develop you into who you are, both personally and professionally, and JCI succeeds to develop my skillset, confidence and build my network.