Considering working for the Government?

Have you ever thought of working for the government? Would you like to take this opportunity to network with representatives from the government? SFU Career Services and the Arts and Social Sciences Co-op is co-hosting a signature event called, What Can I Do In Government? on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. Session one starts at 12:30pm. Session 2 starts at 2:30pm. For more information, please check out Symplicity at (SFU students only).

At this event, you will be able to connect with representatives working in the federal, provincial, and municipal public service. This event will be a Philosopher Cafe’s approach where students are encouraged to ask questions about the career and the working life in the government. You will also get the chance to interact with different table hosts  and peers because you will be moving from table to table at the event during the session.

Who knows, this might be a great networking opportunity where you can find your career path!


Cold Calling X99

So, a few weeks ago I went to a Sales Training through Skype, facilitated by fellow AIESECer, Christina Buiza. As my first time participating in a skype meeting, I felt it went fairly smoothly. She briefly went over the purpose of cold calling, preparing for a cold call, what goes on during a cold call, and how to follow-up. The following are the main points that I took from the session which will hopefully demystifies the whole concept of cold calling and may even encourage you to go and try it out for yourself. If you have any other tips, comments, or questions, post them =D

1. The main purpose of a cold call is to sell AIESEC and get a meeting set up regarding taking in an intern =]

2. When researching for a company, always be checking in Salesforce, either to start off your search or to check if you can contact the company you found, always be checking in Salesforce.

3. In Salesforce there are three rules to keep in mind: The 6 Month Rule, Account Rule, and Alumni Rule. Here’s a ppt that give more information (which is pretty much the presentation outline).

4. A cold call should only last about 5 minutes. Try to only talk about the benefits of having an AIESEC intern leaving the costs for later, overcome resistance by asking WHY WHY WHY, offer sending them the marketing package, get their contact information and thank them for their time.

5. Here is a list of 15 things you absolutely need to know by heart before you go on a marketing call. The list contains the nitty gritties of internships.

6. Don’t take comments personally and just do it! =D

How-to Guide for International Conferences!

My first conference in Malaysia, 2009.

Going on an AIESEC internship is not the only way to gain international experience and expand your network. You can also go to the conferences outside Canada! Did you know there are over 470 AIESEC conferences held every year all around the world?

I started my AIESEC experience with facilitating a youth conference in Malaysia during my internship in 2009. It was very inspiring to meet and work with AIESECers from different countries. Also this conference made me see and experience the international aspect of AIESEC as the “world’s largest student-run organization”. This year I also went to another international conference in Korea and experienced the same thing all over again!

So you might ask, how can I attend these conferences? Read on to find out!

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What you don’t learn in school

If you don’t know me, I’m a photography nut, and stumbled across this article about becoming a photographer. Well how does that relate to AIESEC or the real world you ask? It’s all about entrepreneurship: starting your own business and making it happen no matter what it is.

This article summed up 8 things that a photographer might not necessarily learn in class, and from my experience, you can apply 6 of these rules towards AIESEC, as well as, for your professional and personal development

6. Building a System
When you start something, it’s better to plan everything all out and go from there. You will save time and also prepare yourself of what’s to come. Sometimes you’ll be faced with things that you can’t prevent, but those are just challenges to make your system even better the next time around! We’re constantly planning things in AIESEC, so why not make a system, reuse it, but make it even better the next time around!

5. Getting Past the Fear
This is something that I definitely learned outside of class through my part-time employment and/or AIESEC. However, if fear is holding you back, especially the fear of failure, you really shouldn’t let it. If you don’t succeed, then take it as a learning experience, and just keep trying until you get better. Personally, I like to formulate a plan and then execute it, even during stressful situations, I formulate a base plan, and go with the flow. Simulation was one of those things that the Executive Board wanted to share with the members. It got you to do things because of the time constraint and forget about your fears momentarily.

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