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No. 103 | 29.9.2016

Dear Friends

Three weeks today, on 20 October is IAESTE Day! I'm sure you all know what it is by now and hopefully you've made plans for how you will celebrate, but if not, there is still time!

IAESTE Day provides us with a great opportunity, not just to celebrate our association, but also to promote it to our current and future stakeholders. You know the date, so all you have to do is organise an event and invite your members, trainees, alumni, employers, academics and anyone else that might want to celebrate with us.

If you're stuck for a theme, we are suggesting to use the word 'Imagine' to help inspire you. Imagine the world the way you would like it to be and how IAESTE helps to make the world a better place.

If you're so inclined, we invite you to record a video at your event of your attendees singing John Lennon's Imagine. If we get enough, we will edit them into one video that will show how IAESTE helps Imagine a better future for the people of the world.

Be sure to let us know your plans!

Bruce Wicks
Alumni & Communications Manager
Topics in this issue of IAESTE Newsletter:

IAESTE Day - 20 October 2017 - Let's Imagine together

We have created a Facebook Event where you can find out about and share your IAESTE Day plans.

We also have a poster, and more to come.

So now's the time to use your Imagine(ations) and organise your celebratory event! If you would like any assistance please do get in touch.

PS. Don't forget to record your song, John Lennon's Imagine!

Bruce Wicks
Alumni & Communications Manager

84th Board Meeting minutes and Nominations Reminder

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the minutes of the 84th Board Meeting

Be sure to take the time to read them and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Board.

Speaking of the Board, they would like to remind you that the deadline for nominations for the two Board positions that will be decided at the next AC is 15th October 23:59 UTC. You can find all the right documentation here.

Nominating people for the Board requires you to be proactive and actually approach people that you think would do a great job. Do not wait to be asked, think about the people you know with the right skills and experience and ask them! Even if they decide not to do it, it's always good to let people know how highly you think of them!

Bruce Wicks
Alumni & Communications Manager

New and returning Career Partners

We are delighted to share with you the news that we have a new partnership with Innoenergy (formerly KIC Innoenergy). We will be helping them to promote their Masters courses in Sustainable Energy and they are supporting our Alumni Network.

We are also pleased to inform you that we have renewed our partnership with Wanhua Chemical. It's a unique partnership between A.s.b.l. IAESTE China and Wanhua. We will promote Wanhua to our alumni with a view to helping them find permanent employees and they are supporting our Alumni Network.

If you would like to know more, or you know of any companies that would be interested in a partnership with us, please get in touch!

Bruce Wicks
Alumni & Communications Manager

Open season on Job-raising 

Promotional campaigns, well prepared "job hunters" and good relations with employers are crucial for job-raising success. 

Do not forget to say thank you to employers who participated in the exchange this year and to invite them to cooperate another year. It is the perfect time to organise networking meetings, presentations and other events focused on employers. 

IAESTE China and IAESTE Switzerland have shared already some good practices :)

Tips on how to “sell” internships to employers

(based on IAESTE Practical Guide)
  • The more personal contact the better: It is good to build strong relationships with employers, because you will be cooperating with them the whole year, maybe even several years. If you have a good relationship, the communication is much easier. To achieve it, personal communication is best – a phone call is better than an email, a personal meeting is better than a phone call.
  • “Sell” to the right person: It is best to deal directly with the person who has the authority to decide if the company will offer an traineeship or not. It saves time and the communication is clearer than if the information from you is passed through other people.
  • Use good arguments: for example:
    • The trainee is a highly qualified and motivated worker who brings foreign perspective and new expertise – as such he/she can be an asset to the company.
    • The trainee can help the company expand to new markets.
    • The trainee can fill in for an employee on vacation.
    • For each position raised, the local IAESTE can offer one internship to a local student (the principle of reciprocity) – therefore by offering an internship, the employer actually enables two students to do a traineeship.
    • IAESTE takes care of most of the paperwork and helps with administration.
  • give the employer all the information: Explain to the employer in a great detail:
    •  what it means to offer a position to a foreign trainee,
    • what the employer needs to do (to offer a meaningful job to the trainee, to provide good description in the o-form, to meet IAESTE deadlines, to pay living allowance to the trainee etc.), 
    • what the process is like (filling in O-forms – receiving nominations in March etc.).
    • The more information all the involved have the better the communication and cooperation is. Never lie to the employer or hide anything. If you do not know, ask someone and get back to the employer. Sometime it is good to provide the information both in a spoken and a written form. You can also show the employer samples of all the documents (O-form, contract etc.).
  • Stress the importance of good communication: From the beginning, make sure the employer understands that it is important to maintain good and quick communication and cooperation.
  • Follow up: After the employer agrees to offer a position to a foreign trainee, be at their disposal – offer help if they need it (for example with filling in the o-form) and provide additional information if necessary.
Olga Legacka
Development Manager

Development Fund deadline

The Board would like to remind you that the deadline for applications to the Development Fund is 1 November. All the information and forms you need can be found in the library, here.

If you have any questions then please contact the Board.

Say hello, wave goodbye

Dear Friends,

IAESTE Ghana would like to inform the Association that Mr Raymond Addai is the new Administrative Secretary (Exchange Coordinator) taking over from Mr John Kumi for the 2016/2017 Exchange Year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr John Kumi for his dedicated service to the Association and we wish him all the best and success in the development of his career.

With best regards,
Dr. E. J. D. Belford

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