Part One: Standing for Election

Part Two: In the States

Part Three: Everything Else

What will my first day be like?

Your very first day – the day after you get the Election results – will probably be pretty weird and surreal. Honestly, I cannot remember the day after Election Day at all (and that’s certainly not because we celebrated too hard the night before!). I think you’ll probably start to get information about what’s coming up next — induction events and other important dates — straight away. There’s probably a lot of induction stuff that can’t happen until after you’ve been formally sworn in, but there will definitely be some in that first week, and it’s wise to try and be there for as much of it as you can.

If you have been working full-time up to now, I suspect you’ll also need to spend some time making arrangements with your employer – whether that’s handing in your notice, or agreeing a working pattern that allows you to do justice to your States’ duties. There might be all sorts of life admin you need to do in those early weeks in the States – don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues how they’re managing it, too.

Your first official day will be the day that you’re sworn in (in the morning) and elect the President of the Policy & Resources Committee (in the afternoon). This is probably also the day that a lot of official admin will happen – security passes, computer equipment, pay arrangements. You will be a fairly captive audience – you’ll spend most of the day in the Royal Court – so officials should easily be able to make sure you’ve got what you need, and you can always ask directly if not.

Because you are plunged straight into Committee elections on your first official day in the States – I cannot stress this enough – you really want to think about using the week from Election Day to swearing in, to get to know your colleagues and to get to know the roles and responsibilities of Committees, so that you can make your own judgments about who is best suited to what role, and who you would like to work with. Take the opportunity to make sure your colleagues know what you’re interested in, and what you’d like to do, as well. The period of Committee elections will fly by, and it’ll feel like putting together a really complex puzzzle with a blindfold on. You can at least make it a bit easier for yourself by doing your research in advance.