Reflect Upon Yourself

2016 has been a big year. From the presidential elections of the United States of America to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance – a lot of things happened this year. We can only move on to the next year and hope that it will be even better, right?

WRONG.

Every person goes through a journey throughout the year. Things happen that you didn’t expect, you try out new things and you make mistakes. But what is all this for if we don’t learn from it?

Do you think that if you forgot you made a mistake you would do it again? The chances are pretty high.

As we welcome a new year, we have to take some moments to reflect upon what has happened in this year. What have you achieved, what are you proud of, what are you disappointed in, what have you learned? These are all questions that can help you to understand what you have done this year and really make sure to get the most out of your experiences. Because if you take all the knowledge you acquired in 2016 and start the year with that, then 2017 will have to be an even more amazing year.

“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say and do certain things… then better yourself!”

We cannot learn from our mistakes of the past if we don’t look back and analyze what has happened. So today, on the 31st of December 2016, the last day of the year, I urge you to take a moment to think about yourself and your past and what that means for your future.

Happy new year!

 

Make It Happen

We all have hopes, dreams and goals that we want to achieve. We live our lives hoping and wishing that someday in the future these objectives will be accomplished. But instead of hoping we should be acting. Unfortunately, in our world, nothing is handed to you for free. You have to put in work to get some results. And the harder you work the better the results will be.

It was Jimmy Johnson who said, “the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the little extra.”

Talents and potential enable you to achieve great things – but for most of us, these fail because of laziness or lack of perseverance.

Let me ask you a question. Do you think that right now you are doing everything you can, and working as hard as you can, to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Can you honestly say that in 5 years, when you look back, you will say “If I could go back, I would do everything the same”?

I wish I could say that.

There are many great opportunities that life hands us but oftentimes we reject them because we are scared or too stubborn. From the day we are born, there is a path set out for us. But it’s okay to stray from that path, to gain new experiences, and to gain skills that could end up showing us the truth about ourselves.

If your dreams are of a great career, then you should do whatever you can to achieve those dreams. AIESEC offers to aid you in finding a professional, long-term internship abroad, through our Global Talent Program. Travel to another country, gain professional skills and make it happen!

 

Activate your professional life.

Activate Yourself.

Find out more about Global Talent here!

P.S. Our Christmas Sale ends today, so remember: If you sign up for an internship, and you go on exchange before the end of February 2017, you will receive a 20% discount on our exchange fee!

P.P.S. Once again, AIESEC in Austria wants to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Activate your Leadership

AIESEC strives to develop leadership in young people. But what does that mean? What does it mean to be a leader? There are many definitions…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

Those are just some of many interpretations of leadership. That’s the thing: there is not one textbook definition. Leadership can mean engaging people to follow what you are doing, to inspire them to do things the way they think they’re right, to create a vision and make others see it etc.

Leadership is something you define for yourself. One thing that can be said is that having strong leadership skills can get you much further! AIESEC is centered around leadership. Both in our exchange programs as well as in our Membership program we are developing leadership by making young people solution oriented, helping them to empower others, guiding them towards self-awareness and assisting them towards becoming world citizens. Those are the 4 qualities that we believe make a great leader.

But it’s not just AIESEC that believes leadership is vital! According to NACE’s Job Outlook Survey, 80% of employers are looking for leadership experience on the resumes of potential employees.

One of our programs through which you can develop leadership is Global Talent – a long-term, professional internship experience.

Find more information about it here and activate your leadership. And don’t forget that we have our Christmas Sale until the 25th of December 2016 meaning if you apply until then and go abroad by the end of February, you get 20% off of our exchange fee.

If you never try, you’ll never know

Trying new things in life is scary. We love to say that we don’t have time, money or the possibilities to do something – but it’s all out of fear.

The thing we don’t realize is, that actually trying new things, putting yourself in a new environment and getting out of your comfort zone can be the most amazing experienceOne of the most popular things for us to do is to make excuses.

Don Wilder said, “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”

Of course, some of us are lucky enough to have a life that is relatively okay – having enough money to survive, having friends and family that support you. But how do you know that there is not something else out there? Something more that you are missing out on because you’re afraid to take that one extra step and to take a risk.

If we look at successful people in history – they all had to take risks. Developing ideas that nobody else believed in or going to places they didn’t know. Without those risks, they wouldn’t have achieved anything. Looking at more recent history, would Bill Gates be as successful as he is now if he hadn’t dropped out of Harvard to found Microsoft? Would J.K. Rowling be as accomplished as she is now if she hadn’t believed in her stories, even after countless rejections from different publishers?

The answer is short and simple: NO.

Every successful person in history had to take a risk at some point – to stop making excuses and just jump into the cold water. Of course, you never know if it will pay off – but if you don’t try you will never know. In AIESEC we try to encourage that kind of thinking.

Our exchange programs give you great opportunities both for personal and for professional development. But it can be scary to go abroad to a new country and work there for a certain amount of time. However, instead of making excuses, just try it and we are sure you will have an amazing experience and you will activate yourself in the process.

With our Global Talent program you can go abroad for a longer period of time and work as an intern in a company.

Find out more about Global Talent here.

What good is knowing if you don’t act?

We live in great times with many advantages that people before us couldn’t have dreamed of. One of these things is the internet. We have access to so much information and news from all over the world. In a matter of seconds we can find out what is happening anywhere and what issues people in different countries are facing.

This gives us many different opportunities. But it also gives us a lot of responsibility.

We are now aware of issues around the world, but how many of us are actually doing something to make things better? How many of us have actively helped other people and contributed to making the world a better place?

The answer? Not many. Especially in privileged countries, it is quite easy to see news of wars, famine, poverty etc. and just ignore it because it doesn’t directly affect us. This is where our humanity comes in. Some of us were privileged enough to be born in a place where there is no war or where they have to fear hunger or poverty, but it is those people that have the resources to help those in need and share their luck with others.

Of course, it’s hard to make a difference by yourself.

“I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” –  Mother Theresa.

It is not about you single handedly saving every other person that is in need of help. We all have limits. But even small acts of kindness and support can create a large impact and help in the end, to contribute to a better world.

In AIESEC we try to encourage people to do this every single day. With our Global Volunteer program it becomes easy to do so. You go abroad to a region in need and you help the people there with whatever issues they are facing. And as a bonus, you get to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and in 14 years, when they are achieved you can say that you took an active role in assuring that this goal would be reached.

Find out more about Global Volunteer here!

Can you guess the country?

Did you guess India? Then you were correct! India has many very advanced sectors but unfortunately education is one thing that is still not available equally everywhere. You can do something about it! Go to New Delhi and work in the ‘FOOTPRINTS’ project. Prepare and deliver classes on different subjects to children. Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education and make an impact while getting to know the incredible culture of India.

Take Action and apply for the project here:


To find out more about Global Volunteer, visit this website.