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What Is (Toxic) Productivity Culture And How Has It Impacted Youth?

Productivity has been defined as “the efficiency with which output is produced by the resources utilized”, by P. N. Rastogi. For companies, more productivity means more profit, so there’s an incessant search for the optimal combination of resources, in order to receive the best results possible. Recently, we’ve witnessed this culture of productivity transcend organizational…

5 Projects By Entrepreneurs Under 30 You Should Know About

It is well known that as an organization, we’re committed to support the leadership development of thousands of members, volunteers and interns all around the world. Regardless of what we’re individually trying to achieve, everyone’s journey in life has something in common: inspiration. Some people might get it from music, others from social media or…

A Survival Guide For Your AIESEC International Internship

You just got accepted to your dream internship, in a completely different country you are dying to explore. The anticipation can be just as stressful as it is exciting, so what now? Here’s a few tips to guide you through your international experience! Prior to your departure, remember to: – find reasonable accommodation (you don’t…

The Learning Pyramid: A Study Plan Game Changer

Just as food nourishes our bodies, knowledge and continuous learning nourishes our minds. Lifelong learning is an indispensable tool for any career and organisation. Have you ever wanted to learn more about a certain interest of yours, but felt discouraged because you didn’t know where to start? Or have you ever felt overwhelmed by the…

Leadership Is For Everyone

Leadership is an abstract concept: there isn’t one definition that can explain its depth, as different people value different qualities, skills and styles. This means that, even though it’s often associated with business, management or administration, leadership is something that anyone, regardless of their field of studies or work, can and should develop. However, in…

Leading By Example Is The Best Way To Inspire Others

It’s time to ditch the “do as i say, not as i do” mindset. Regardless of the situation, double standards will demotivate anyone that is following advice if you don’t practice what you preach. – How can a supervisor expect his employees to be proactive during a slow shift, when he’s found watching netflix in…

Activate your Leadership with AIESEC

Today AIESEC in Austria is launching a new campaign. The month of May is gonna be all about activating leadership in YOUth. As you know by now, we prepare international internship and volunteering opportunities. We truly believe in learning by doing and their potential to help you develop important skills for your future. However, we…

Why you should choose AIESEC for your international exchange

Whether you’re interested in an international internship opportunity or volunteering experience, you might question yourself why you should choose AIESEC instead of another organization or maybe even trying to arrange everything by yourself. In case you’re not familiar with how our experiences work, click here for more information or check one of our previous blog…

AIESEC Internships: 6 Countries You’ll Want To Work in

As a curious and proactive young person, you probably try to take advantage of every opportunity you find for your own personal development. AIESEC has partnered with over 1300 companies around the world to bring you internship options abroad, and we successfully delivered about 6000 experiences just last year. Our goal is to develop leadership…

7 Entrepreneurs Who Built an Empire From Scratch

All they had was a dream, outstanding resilience and a lot of willpower. Coming from impoverished homes and underprivileged backgrounds, these 7 individuals were able to rise to the top through their hard work. Below you’ll find the success stories of some well-known entrepreneurs who surpassed the difficulties inherent to their upbringing.      …

Explore the World with AIESEC

If you haven’t heard about us yet: Hi! Nice to meet you. AIESEC is an independent, non-political and not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. We provide cross-cultural volunteering and internship experiences abroad, in order to develop leadership skills in youth. Our opportunities are aimed at people between 18…

Katharina’s Global Volunteer Experience in Colombia

¡Viaja, explora, disfruta! – Travel, explore, enjoy! That was my motto during my five week Global Volunteer project with AIESEC in Bucaramanga, Colombia, in February 2020. And it could not have been more fitting: I explored a culture and lifestyles that were completely new to me and learned to love Colombia’s people, cuisine and music….

The Hardships of Leadership

There are millions of inspiring stories out there of people who have worked hard to become the best version of themselves. We often read about today’s leaders’ stories and there’s a large focus on everything that went right, but not everything is a bed of roses. Everyone’s leadership journey is different, let’s go over some…

Improving Gender Equality In The Workplace

In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re bringing awareness to women’s role in the labor force and gender-related problems present in the workplace. Did you know that even though there was an increase of women pursuing higher education globally, there’s still a gender gap in employment rates among highly educated individuals? Women represent…

Solving Problems Through Creative Thinking

In today’s ever-growing and changing world being able to think in an innovative way is essential at many levels. But sometimes it can be challenging to take a step back and reflect in a fast-moving environment.   Problem solving includes 4 different stages:   Creativity, in turn, isn’t the ability to come up with something…