It could be you. NPC only achieves what it does by postgraduates and other interested people getting involved, where there are a wealth of ways to build collaborative skills through contributing to national initiatives. There are 14 voluntary positions, some with a little more work than others but all manageable and well worth taking up. There is bound to be a position you can stand for and perform effectively.
One thing that will definitely happen this year is the election of a new General Secretary, the only position available full time and the only postgraduate national sabbatical post in the UK running from October 2004 to October 2005. Again, you could be in a position where you are able to take this up and you could find it is one of the most fantastic career steps available. You are more than welcome to talk to Tim Brown, the incumbent General Secretary in confidence on firstname.lastname@example.org about this. Look here to see what those in the past have said about the post:
"Being NPC General Secretary offered me huge scope to develop personally and professionally....I am now back working in my academic discipline of psychology but still draw on the skills I developed during my time with the NPC."
Ewan Gillon, General Secretary 1995/96.
"My year as NPC General Secretary was in many ways the most rewarding experience of my life. The range of different experiences that the position offers must be pretty unique! Working with everyone from postgraduate students and students' union officers to vice-chancellors, speaking at a host of different conferences, dealing with the media....made for a hugely varied and challenging year but one that also made a huge impact."
Jamie Darwen, General Secretary 1994/95.