Reinvent Yourself

Most people plan everything ahead. They count how many years they will study, what field they would like to work in and how much they want to earn. Sometimes, however, we cannot plan everything ahead because life changes constantly. Who is to say what will happen in 6 months or in 1 year? The most important thing is to stay flexible and work on ourselves.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

Another thing we do too much is compare ourselves to others. Sometimes in life we will finish a race first or get a better grade on an exam than someone else but those achievements mean nothing if we just use them to compare ourselves with others. We shouldn’t look at how others are doing we should just look at how we can improve and reinvent ourselves.

The only person we should compare ourselves to is our past self.

But since our lives are so mapped out and we are always staying on track, how and when do we really have time to challenge ourselves? We have to take the time. Go on a trip to see a different culture, do something for other people, take a break from that daily routine and do something new. We don’t learn anything about ourselves, doing the same old things over and over again. The moment when you are put in a new environment and are doing things that you’ve never done or even thought were possible – that’s when you grow as a person and those situations help you to figure out who you are and what you want. In AIESEC we can help you to gain these kinds of experiences.

You could go abroad for our Global Volunteer Program, and help out at a social project somewhere in the world where people are less fortunate than you. Being in an environment like that will make you appreciate all that you have and maybe even teach you a thing or two about how being grateful for what you have, which is something we often forget to do. You can do all of this, while contributing to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

If you think you would rather stay here in Austria but still would like to contribute in some way, you could become a member of AIESEC and help make these social projects possible for other people and send people abroad to have these experiences, all while furthering your personal and professional development.

If you want more information or would like to sign up directly, you can do so here

It’s important to follow our dreams and strive to achieve our goals, but if we don’t even know who we are, how can we know what we want?

 

Good Health and Wellbeing


“The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.” – Dr Paul Farmer

Access to health care is a major issue, causing millions of lives to be lost every year. This has to change!

You can go to Delhi, India and help an NGO to improve health standards and support patients in this process.

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

Sustainable Cities and Communities


“In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings” – Urie Bronfenbrenner

Many territories in the world still have unsafe housing with standards that no person should have to endure. This has to change!

You can go to Depok, Indonesia and help communities there with waste management, water and sanitation and raising awareness about environmental issues among the people.

And fill out the YouthSpeak Survey, to let your voice be heard:

 

What I lost through AIESEC

 

That’s right. Being in the organization for years I lost many things. But it’s not what you think. It’s a good thing. My entire experience I have lost so many fears. From a fear of public speaking to a fear of failure and many more. But how can this be? How can working in an organization be so liberating? Well, by being in AIESEC you are being put in new environments and faced with new challenges every single day. You are encouraged to do things that you never thought you would, like speak in front of a class of 500 students. But after you do it, you feel incredible. You feel pride, a sense of accomplishment and the next time you have to do it, it gets easier and easier.

You are constantly surrounded with many different people from different nationalities, with different skill sets and different stories and you develop with them. Learning from each other is what makes this organization so special. The connections you make with people are not just work related but are genuine friendships. And the biggest benefit of all is the leadership development. If you already know something about AIESEC you will know that we are an organization that aims to develop leadership skill in young people, because we believe it is the fundamental solution to the world’s problems. But what does leadership even mean?

The dictionary says that leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this. 

But it is so much more.

There is quote by Seth Godin, an american author and marketer, that defines it perfectly to me: Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”  By developing leadership you are enabling yourself to grow and at the same time helping others to do the same and to make their ideas a reality and if every single person is aware enough we can achieve things of unthinkable proportions.

If you want to be part of an organization that not only develops you but also encourages you to help develop others, then you can sign up here and trust me, you will not regret it!

 

New Year, New Me

Two weeks have already passed in 2017. According to a survey, only around 68% of people are still carrying on with their New Year’s Eve resolutions. That’s over 30% of people who have already given up on them. After just two weeks.

There are various opinions about New Year’s resolutions. Some people say, ‘I don’t need a new year to better myself and to try to achieve goals’. Others say, ‘I need this moment when the new year starts, to really be able to commit to my changes’.

Regardless of your stance on this matter, most of us have made some kind of resolutions at the beginning of a year. And when you commit to something, you should make sure that you achieve it.

But how can you make sure that you set new year’s resolutions that you can actually achieve?

The key is self-awareness. You have to know yourself, so that you know what you are capable of and what you can actually achieve. Once you reach that point, you won’t say that you will become a millionaire in 2017 (which doesn’t mean that you can’t) or that you will become the president of the United States of America (which is less likely, but who knows). Start small – every huge, ambitious goal can be broken down into smaller, achievable goals. Achieving these small goals will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and you will feel more motivated to actually go further and strive for the bigger ones.

Once you have reached that level of self-awareness, all that is stopping you is a lack of discipline. The way to the top is a hard one. Nothing that really matters comes easy in life, but working hard means achieving great things, so isn’t it all worth it?

However, when making new year’s resolutions, you should not just think about yourself. It’s easy to say ‘I will lose weight this year’ or ‘I will pass all of my exams’ but you should also think about others, who are less fortunate than you are. There are people (many people) in this world who do not have the luxury to think of new year’s resolutions at the end of a year, because they are just trying to survive different kinds of hardships. Think of those people, when contemplating what you will do this year.

AIESEC provides you with the opportunity to go abroad in summer and actually help those people. Our social projects are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, meaning that you will be on the right track to actually contributing to a better future. Volunteer this summer and make this year meaningful. You can find more information here!

If you’re thinking “I would like to contribute, but I can’t afford to leave my hometown” — fear not, we have an option for you, too! Join AIESEC at your local university and make all these social projects possible, while developing yourself personally and professionally and joining a huge international network.

2017 can be a big year – if you make it big. Be self-aware, show discipline and care for others and it will be the best year of your life!

Youth activism is important

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth run organization, officially founded in 1948 after the second world war by a group of young students from different countries with the goal to avoid cross-cultural conflict.

Now, more than 60 years later, we are active with more than 70.000 active members worldwide and present in over 120 countries and territories. But what do we do?

The main goal of AIESEC is peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential, which we believe can be achieved by engaging and developing every young person in the world for a better future. Young people have power and we can make a change. We should not be underestimated. In AIESEC we help students from all around the world to develop their leadership skills by putting them into challenging environments and through that letting them grow.

With our three exchange programs we send people abroad to do social internships, work in startups and intern at companies all around the world. As an example, in the last 5 years over 102.000 young people volunteered abroad to tackle social issues in another country. Due to our cooperation with the United Nations, all of our social projects are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and are actively contributing to solving these issues.

You can be part of this movement. Join AIESEC and become part of a huge international network, develop your skills and contribute to making our present and future a better place.

You can find more information here, and here is the registration form, if you decide to sign up!