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THE UNDISCOVERED WORLD

I discovered a new world. But NASA hasn’t approved yet. I think is not needed because this world is very close to everyone. If you want to go and see, it is just one click, phone or street away from you. This world is called “AIESEC”. It is still waiting to be discovered by all young people. And as a student who visited, stayed and lived there I’ll share some stories.

AIESEC is a world of Opportunities.  Why ? Because here you are not just belonging to one nation, country or region, you are becoming a world citizen. How is that ? Going on an Exchange. For me it was in Slovakia. I volunteered on project called “International Kindergarden”. I had 6 great weeks with wonderful kids.

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Me with wonderful kids on a project’s workshop

Actually the experience starts at the airport.  It’s the moment when you realize you are not going on a trip, you are going on an adventure.

When you realize you had an argument with your family trying to convince them, questioned yourself if it is right for you or not. Because you don’t know what is going to be next. You’ve never been out of your comfort zone. Knowing that you made this decision on your own, you will be responsible of any outcomes. Then you notice, you are on a plane while thinking about this stuff. The next thing you see is a smiling face waiting to pick you up from the airport. Don’t forget, this person is your first friend in another country and maybe you might not know now, but the same person is also going to be your best friend. And now you’re reading this and thinking about how it can be possible. I can talk, talk and talk about How I felt, What I’ve been through, How it effected my leadership journey… Even if the intensity of my feelings could be understood from this point, the only way to feel it, is to experience it.

The words can tell the story but the people create the story. People can be part of organizations and make positive impact to society. YOU can make a story for a better world.

To accomplish it you should experience a leadership journey, which includes a global environment. Because the most effective way to understand your personality and values is to be in a challenging environment. By this way you are capable of learning by doing. Why I’m telling this is cause you are the person who makes important decisions, achievements, failures in your life. To know your true self helps you grow and be an example for the other people around you.

Now, if you are thinking about why is all this important… Here is the reason, we are living in world which is interconnected.

Everything you do effects another individual or whole society in a negative or a positive way. We need people who make conscious decisions, interact with other cultures, understand their values and respect people’s ideas. In a nutshell we need people who make our world livable. And it starts with you.

 

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Author: Selin Akay slike za blogere

Selin is exchange addicted, world citizen and sport enthusiastic.

How to become your true self

becomeI’ve always been a kind of person who is doing extra activities besides the must-dos. And I was desperate about what is going on. About my generation around me and about how I cannot help the situating, where the world is going, where my country is going. I did not know what I want to do, who or what I will become as a person at all.

Then I started university, and soon after the first semester started, I saw a girl from my high school sharing an application form of a student organization, called AIESEC. She seemed so enthusiastic, I needed to ask her what this whole thing was. The answer I got? ‘Just apply, it will be fun!’ Amazing sales skills, right? Anyways, I applied, I gave it a try. I tried to get ready for my interview, though the information I saw on the site of my Local Committee was a bit blurry… But I went for the interview and on that weekend I found myself in the induction camp of AIESEC. I’ve just become a member! I got to know what this organization is doing… and I fell in love with it! I felt so motivated, ready to act. As if finally the solution for all the things I worried about was all in my hands. Not to mention all the people around me, who cared about the same issues as I did. I felt so much inspiration in that room.

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In my first role I was put in a team where my task was mainly promotion, and helping people to go abroad as a volunteer, become a change agent. I met amazing people and we changed many lives together, we did things that actually matter. It was quite funny that during my interview I was asked to prioritize the three main roles I could have in AIESEC, and marketing was the very last one. I didn’t, at any time thought about dealing with marketing. But these guys knew that was my place.

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Later, I became the leader of the team in the same area, where I understood what being a leader is, I learnt essential HR processes – which most of the companies don’t fully use, unfortunately, so I became smarter than some HR assistants. And I absolutely loved my team. I saw that group of people become a team. This was when I really understood what teamwork is about. What universities try to teach with group assignments, but it’s nowhere close to the real teamwork I experienced, the one that is happening in the corporate world as well.

As the top of my carrier, I became one of the Vice Presidents of my Local Committee, where I was responsible for the incoming voluntary program, Talent Management and Marketing (yes, marketing, and I love it!).

I helped numerous people come to my country, my city to change our society, to teach the youngsters here that our belief, skin color, way of thinking may be different, but different does not mean bad, moreover, it means diversity, it broadens our mind and the way we see our world as well.

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I learnt even more about HR, its role in an organization. I found out that this area is something that really fits my personality, it’s what I meant to do. Immediately I started writing my thesis in a topic related to HR. But what is more important is that I could let my creativity flow and make my ideas become reality.

And marketing, my friend. I found out that I’m pretty good at it, actually. All the promotions I did resulted in over 120% plan fulfillment. Since I have become an alumni, I’ve been assisting my boyfriend’s father’s brand new company as a marketinger, planning all his appearances, helping him to become successful. I’m also planning to start my own company which would help small and middle size companies with their marketing activities by giving them trainings, creating their brand and online appearances.

AIESEC challenged me, challenged my way of thinking, the way I see the world. Never have I been so proactive as now, after everything I went through as an AIESECer.

And I need to admit – I have become a person that I am proud to be.

Applications for new members are opened. You can apply on this link.

 

Author: Kitti Komoróczyslike za blogere

Kitti is people oriented, music lover, guinea pig owner, HR & marketing addict.

Welcome to the new journey of life

1964769_10205131881873155_775587336003143677_nAlmost three years. Almost 1095 days that I completely feel every kind of emotion and not regret any of them. Just one organization may affect your life flow. Welcome to AIESEC.

Every person has own meaning of life. And when you are becoming an university student you need to make this meaning more clear. It is like instinct. While you are growing up this instinct starts to poke you. Telling you that “You need to clarify me cause I’m the one who can show you what you are going to do in your life” and asking questions as: “What do you want to do?”, “Who do you want to be?” or “And how are you going to do it?”. But we are as the rest of humankind, we don’t like too much questions, and that’s why we want to find the immediate answer just for get rid of them. But just a small part of us is aware that we need to think deeply to answer these questions. Some of us looking for a help which is more practical. For me this help was AIESEC, and still it is.

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AIESEC helps you see a world where young people have the opportunity to understand themselves. With tens of thousands of opportunities in AIESEC network, you can discover and activate your potential. Transform yourself with life changing experiences abroad that will redefine the way you see yourself, and the world.  Is it something that will help you to answer those questions, ha? So from my part I joined AIESEC when I started visiting university. In my first year I worked with disabled children, teaching them English, and we had 25 people from Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Georgia, Estonia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Yes, these people came to my country as volunteers to help disabled children, to give them a chance to know that there are people, besides their doctors and parents, who are trying to help them. I didn’t just have friends from all over the world. I’ve understood that there are no boundaries between people. When you are together to work for one purpose you don’t care from which country you are, you just care about solidarity, cultural understanding, friendship. Those people also taught me that I can do whatever I want. If I want something so much I just need to go for it. I might have obstacles but it doesn’t mean that I have to stop. Because I know I can do that. I did once why I can’t do it again?

Birthday with my international friends from "Break Up the Barriers"

Birthday with my international friends from “Break Up the Barriers”

 

After this project I became a team leader. My job was to recruit the people to AIESEC and tell them why we exist. What is our vision and how we’re trying to achieve it. I had belief from my last experience so this whole Team Leader thing was just perfect job for me. Despite of it, it was also hard. Because you can’t expect from people to be excited like you are when they haven’t gone through the same experiences. Therefore I had to be clear and use the way that they are able to understand why they should be the part of AIESEC. I started to tell them my story and was encouraging them to write their own stories. Thus, we can create more leadership stories for the world.

Now, I’m here in Kosice studying through Erasmus program after 2 years in AIESEC as I wanted to be part of the other international organizations. But to be honest after my first week here, I started to search if there is AIESEC. Because you can’t just end your AIESEC stories like that. It is not something you can just say goodbye. So I decided to move on my AIESEC life. Because this is the place where I may find all my answers, this is the place where I can make positive impact in the world. This is the place where I found my own purpose in my life. I have become a reflection of my experience and I’ll reflect it to empower other people.

Applications for new members are opened. You can apply on this link.

Author: Selin Akayslike za blogere

Selin is exchange addicted, world citizen and sport enthusiastic.

My AIESEC Journey

journeyI am Jenny, an international student from Hong Kong studying my Bachelor in Austria. I joined AIESEC 1.5 years ago, and yes, it is one of the best journeys of my life. I see AIESEC as a youth-run organisation where all people are passionate, inspiring, and open-minded.

One and a half years ago, my friend asked me to join this organization in Krems, which was the new local office. It was not an easy task, as there was a lot of work to be done to make the office sustainable. For example, we have created campaigns, in order to raise the awareness on campus. After one semester of teamwork and perseverance, we grew from 3 people in the local office to 10 people with 10 nationalities. I learned a lot about commitment, and entrepreneurship.

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My journey did not end when I left Austria for my Erasmus exchange. I continued it as a member of the Local Committee in Tampere, Finland, because I wanted to try out something different during my exchange semester. I became Vice President of Talent Management. My responsibilities were recruitment, induction of members and also the internal communication in the Local Office. I really enjoyed my work, as my ambition is to work in the field of Human Resources in the future. The experiences built up my confidence in facing people and engaging people in an organisation. Being Vice President opened up a lot of opportunities, including participating in international conferences, leading an international team to achieve goals and strive for excellence, and developing my public speaking and facilitating skills. I became more confident, open-minded, creative, perseverant, and willing to achieve.

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Although my term ended in 2015, I believe that there are more things I can learn and achieve in AIESEC. Now my journey continues as I am in National team of AIESEC in Finland, and I am looking forward to more challenges and experiences.

I never expected that I would learn and grow that much when I decided to join this organization. The AIESEC journey is something you really cannot describe by words. I am proud to have become an AIESECer.

 

Applications for new members are opened. You can apply on this link.

Author: Jenny Wongslike za blogere

Jenny is from Hong Kong. She likes to travel, to eat, to meet new people. She believes that ‘Adventure is the essence of life.’ Sisu, a Finnish word, is her favourite. Her mother tongue is Cantonese.

What happened 2015 in AIESEC in Austria?

2015 already ended, but every ending is the start of something new. Now, reflecting of what it has been, we know 2015 has been a good year with many improvements and milestones.

Here is a short overview:

Some Numbers and Facts

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In 2015 were able to provide a total amount of 192 international exchanges, giving all those exchange participants a chance to develop themselves while doing purposeful work, abroad or in Austria. Our incoming volunteer projects even had an increase of over 35% in participation compared to 2014, while our outgoing corporate internship program, Global Talent, could improve by impressive 40% compared to the previous year. But these are not only numbers; these are life-changing experiences that we, as a youth organization, succeeded in delivering, in only one year, to people from our generation.

Introduction of Global Entrepreneur

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This year we were proudly introducing a new program – Global Entrepreneur. program enables students to find an internship in an entrepreneurial environment abroad and to gather tons of experience. Furthermore, through this program, we enable start-ups from Austria to Austria to have in their teams highly motivated and outstanding students from abroad.

Amazing events

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This year we had events both for students and companies. We organized focused workshops for students (e.g. workshop “How to write a successful CV”), or business networking events like “Career Days” or “Consulting Challenge”. Besides that, we had also events that promote cultural exchange like “Global Village”, where students from different nationalities, who came in Austria for our volunteering projects, prepared traditional dishes from their respective countries. With those events we did everything we could to foster cross-cultural understanding.

All in all it can be said that 2015 has been a very successful year for AIESEC in Austria, but we don’t want to settle at successful – we want to strive for excellence, so let’s see what 2016 will bring for us!

AIESEC Resolutions 2016

As a new year approaches us, both individuals and companies reflect on their plans for the future. AIESEC takes a step further and, as an organisation, sets clear milestones every five years in order to come closer to the achievement of our organisation’s mission, peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential. The end of this year meant the completion of our 2015 vision, but it also marked the establishment of the new milestone, AIESEC 2020.

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The reasons for initiating AIESEC 2020 is quite simple.The key to achieving long-term goals is by having a clear strategic direction. The new plan can be seen as a refreshment of AIESEC’s earnestness: Giving leadership development to youth with an accurate plan.

 

The three AIESEC 2020 statements are self-explanatory and underline the meaning of the organisation as a global youth movement.

  1. Shaping what we do around what the world needs
  2. Growing disruptively 
  3. Being accessible to everyone, everywhere

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The first statement indicates that it is essential for the organisation to be fast in responding to the world’s trends. In 2016, AIESEC wants to align to the global necessities with the help of Youth Speak, a youth insight survey. This global movement focuses on understanding what hopes and challenges the youth is focusing on and what issues they are ready to act upon. By that, young people have the opportunity to provide decision makers with the opinion of how they envision the world. Their insight will make an impact on how to adapt to the world and work upon the first goal.

The second statement expresses the wish to expand more and more on the existing market, and by that, also to create new markets. Furthermore, it also means to promote innovative ideas and to elaborate on the point that standards lead to satisfaction. To achieve that, it is important to ask the question, “How can we engage Millennials to take actions?”. This helps understand how to contribute to the goal of engaging more and more young people and by that, it enables us to truly be a Global Youth Movement – Broadening our perspectives on numerous fields leads to being able to make an impact and influence more of the global situation.

The third statement hints to a limitless AIESEC world, without boundaries towards physical or virtual engagement with the organisation. As a Global Youth Movement, it is essential to make sure that we can reach as many young people as possible. This is why in 2016, we want to enable exchange of ideas, innovation and collaboration and be relevant to any young person in a flexible, attractive and engaging approach. To ensure that the 2020 vision will truly have an impact on AIESEC and on the world, concrete goals will be finalized by the end of summer 2016.
The new year in AIESEC means to bring us closer to engaging and developing every young person in the world. The map to achieving the goals is already there. What follows is taking this path and constantly optimizing it on the way. Let us look forward to a challenging journey!