Shayo’s story for better access to Education

I speak for better access to education.

Millions of dreams are killed every year in my country because of young people’s inability to access a great education, and study what you love.

Growing up, I wanted to be a Cardiothoracic surgeon, but ended up in plant biology because there are very limited choices for education in Nigeria. The education system in Nigeria fails to meet the needs of today’s youth and I don’t ever want other young people to be robbed of their futures. If every young person could learn the things they were passion about, we would see a happier society that produced more fulfilled leaders who will positively change the world.

Society needs more young leaders who will speak up for the things they care about so they can help empower and inspire others to do the same. Because at the end of the day, change will not come if we sit down idly and wait.

In the YouthSpeak survey, young people were given a chance to rate their education experience through the net promoter score (NPS) system, and in Nigeria the score is -65. At the same time, 75% of Nigerian respondents stated that education is relevant to what they want to do in the future. At the end of the day, young people know that an education is needed, but the educational system itself isn’t providing the right education for young people.

Through AIESEC, I have learnt that the world needs leaders to create a positive change and we as young people need to take responsibility of our own society and planet. Our future. As an African, YouthSpeak information would help me discover the vision of African youth and the gradual achievement of my ideal Africa and world.

I urge all young people to take the YouthSpeak survey so we can showcase this data to decision makers and influence positive change. It has to begin with awareness and this is why we invite you to be a part of the YouthSpeak movement.

Over 29,000 young people have taken the survey, will you let your voice be heard?

– Shayo Tinuoye, 25, Nigeria

Take the Global YouthSpeak survey: bit.ly/youthspeakmovement

Interview with Annika Hanisch

ANNIKA HANISCH, LC Ljubljana, VP OGX

If you met yourself the day you joined AIESEC, what would you say to your younger self? Why?

Right decision! It is time to start challenging yourself and to step out of your comfort zone! Do not be afraid it is going to be an amazing and challenging experience! 🙂

What does AIESEC mean to you?

AIESEC for me is mainly a platform where I can develop myself as well as be actively engaged with developing others! It is also a first step towards my career. But it is way more! It’s family, friends, and a group of people who are striving for the same vision, mission and values!

Which AIESEC value you think represents you best? Why?

Definitely Living Diversity. Living in diversity for me indicates to interact with different cultures, share different beliefs, values and traditions. In AIESEC Ljubljana we are working with people from many different cultures and countries. I extremely enjoy listening to different views and perspectives and then developing new ideas together!

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?

I definitely improved my public speaking skills, organizational skills as well as leadership skills. The great thing is, that you are constantly developing and improving yourself! In a professional as well as in a personal way!

How did AIESEC help you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses?

I think it is really hard to pinpoint that. What I can say is, that I mainly developed together with my team and my members. They are the ones that made me aware of the areas that I still need to improve, as well as those in which I already managed to gain a lot of knowledge and experiences.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how did AIESEC contribute to this?

In 5 years I see myself not in a certain country. My goal is it to get to know as many different cultures and countries as I can. AIESEC gives me the opportunity to do so. Before I settle down, I want to make sure I gained as many experiences as possible and get to know even more amazing AIESECers. 🙂

What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?

One of the biggest challenges for me was not being prepared at all for my VP position. During my application I was convinced, I already gained most of my knowledge during my term as a member. When I finally became VP OGX, I realized how many things I was not aware of, I realized how much it takes to become a leader. I overcame this challenge mainly with the help of my team, AIESEC in Ljubljana, as well as AIESEC Slovenia. Most important for me was, not to lose my motivation. Therefore the biggest part of my motivation was my OGX team, that was working together with me to overcome the difficulties.

How does AIESEC help people see the world differently?

For me, the most important thing is, to enable students to go abroad, volunteer or work. I believe, that working in a multinational environment, with people from all over the world, broadens you perspective immense. By providing young people with any kind of AIESEC experience, may it be through internships or by becoming a member, we enable them to get in contact with different people and cultures which will help them to start seeing the world from another perspective.

How do you think other people change when they experience AIESEC?

For me, the most important thing is, that I, together with my team, enable students to go abroad, volunteer or work. I believe that working in a multinational environment, with people from all over the world, broadens you perspective immense. By providing young people with any kind of AIESEC experience, may it be through internships or by becoming a member, we enable them to get in contact with different people and cultures from all over the world.

How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?

Our organization is aiming to make people aware of the current situations and problems we are facing in today’s society. By providing with leadership experiences, through internships as well as by becoming a member, we believe that we can create Leaders, who have a positive impact on society and the world.

Do you think AIESEC helped you to become more self aware and helped you to become what you want to become?

Yes.

Do you think you can face the challenges better now compering to the time when you started in AIESEC?

Yes, and I am already doing it now. 😛

 

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences?

AIESEC Slovenia is looking for new members! Get to know more about us. 

 

Interview with Matic Kašnik

“You should follow your passion and always surround yourself with extraordinary people.”

 

MATIC KAŠNIK, DIGITAL CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER, EDUCATION FIRST

 

“I learnt, with AIESEC, that the single most important thing is that you have to follow your passion and surround yourself with people who are more experienced. They will push you out of your comfort zone and enable you to constantly achieve personal and professional growth.”

I am always seeking new challenges in life and that’s what brought me to join AIESEC in Ljubljana, which was one of the most important decisions of my life. I was pursuing an engineer degree in Computer Science when I took a year off to find what my passion in life was. That made me curious and after working as a developer in a corporation I found my passion for constantly learning new things and that enabled me to discover the world of digital marketing, leadership and startups.

I had the privilege of leading the local chapter of AIESEC Ljubljana. I found myself working in various projects such as Youth 2 Business Forum, or the organization of international conferences.

Later, I applied for an internship, which at that point seemed impossible for me to get. I managed to prove my value for EF Education First and I was accepted to go on a life changing journey in India, leading a digital marketing department. Living in a country which challenges you everyday enabled me to excel my learning experience even more. Not only I got to know different cultures from around the world, it also enabled me to learn from the best in the industry. One of the most important lessons that I learned is to always be curious and trying to get in the same mindset as some of the industry giants have. I am still learning new things everyday and that allows me to really pursue my passion in digital marketing and working in a startup environment (even though EF is a global 42,000+ employees enterprise).

Thanks to prior experiences I had in AIESEC, I got offered a full-time position, just 2 months after my internship started, to manage the digital marketing team in Bangalore. This way I was able to prove my value, not only to myself but also the company.

If there’s one thing that I’d have to expose from this experience is that there are no failures. We only win and we learn and keeping a positive outlook makes me want to pursue for even bigger challenges.

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Ljubljana is looking for new members! Get to know more about us here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders

 

 

This article was taken from the AIESEC Leadership Magazine, Edition 2: World 15/2020, page 9. 

 

Interview with Alexandru Cucer

ALEXANDRU CUCER, President of AIESEC in Slovenia

 

If you met yourself the day you joined AIESEC, what would you say to your younger self? Why?
Join AIESEC. Be active, bold and do what you are afraid to do.

What does AIESEC mean to you?
AIESEC is the organization which connects young leaders from 127 countries to work on a common purpose to make this world a better place.

What  was the most valuable thing you got from your AIESEC  experience?
During my AIESEC experience the most valuable moment for me was when I discovered what I am passionate about and what is my mission in life. Also working in different countries and attending Global conferences I gained friends from 127 countries around the world. I believe I would never met any of them I wouldn’t join AIESEC.

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?
Working in over 23 teams at national and global level I got experience in how to turn a dream into a planned and achievable project.   While working in AIESEC I got the most experience in public speaking, sales, project and event management.

What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?
One thing which I was always afraid of was public speaking. First time I had a speech in front of 60 people I said to myself I will never do something like this again. Thanks to AIESEC I didnt manage to keep that promise. Currently I have experience in delivering training for corporate and social sectors in 4 different countries.

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How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?
We are creating action oriented people which are self aware and are aware of the problem the world and their countries are facing now. People who are able to connect with other people in order to achieve a common goal.

Do you think AIESEC helped you to become more self aware and helped you to become what you want to become?
AIESEC is constantly challenging your behavior and internal values. Challenging your beliefs on how things work and how to work with different people. It is a constant process of feedback and improvement in order to become aware of our strengths, weaknesses and to become a better version of yourself.

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Slovenia is looking for new members! Get to know more about us here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders

Interview with Jan Walliser

Interview with JAN WALLISSER, LC Ljubljana, VP TM

What does AIESEC mean to you?

AIESEC, for me, is a platform to develop myself while at the same time doing good for society. Unlike many other organizations AIESEC is for me a group of people where I can be myself, while being supported by other members to learn and gain knowledge while also using this knowledge that I gained there and in Faculty in a practical context.

Which AIESEC value you think represents you best? Why?

I believe that the value “enjoying participation” describes me the best since I believe that the fun in learning and doing something good is always a important factor when it comes to staying motivated to do something. Especially together with the other member I enjoy participation together while having an impact and learning. It provides the right environment to have both.

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?

The skills I developed most in AIESEC are definitely leadership and organizing skills. Before I could not have managed to lead a team the way I am able to today and to organize my work and others work the way I can now.

How did AIESEC help you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses?

I found out about these by experiencing it practically. I learned by doing what my strengths are and how to overcome my weaknesses.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how did AIESEC contribute to this?

I see myself working in a startup that has a impact in society. AIESEC helped me a lot to find out more about myself, what I want to do in the future and that I not only want to make money and be successful but that I also want to do a meaningful work.

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What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?

The biggest challenge I overcame in AIESEC was leading a project called Global Village during which I had to manage a team of 7 members to organize the biggest AIESEC project of the year. At first I didn’t know how to be a good leader and how to manage an event of this size – but through experience I developed myself and learned much more about these kind of things.

How does AIESEC help people see the world differently?

I believe it helps people see how diverse our world actually is and to see how all the cultures are different but can actually work together for a common goal.

How do you think other people change when they experience AIESEC?

In a similar way that I did: getting to know themselves a lot better and developing a lot.

How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?

I think AIESEC contributes to our community here in Slovenia not only by bringing internationals here and providing international experiences and through that improve international understanding but also it is able to develop the kind of leaders that will have an impact on the community, the country and the world tomorrow.

Do you think you can face the challenges better now comparing to the time when you started in AIESEC?

Definitely. I believe that AIESEC showed me that with enough motivation and effort and a good team everything can be accomplished.

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Ljubljana is looking for new members! For more informtation click here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders

skills of 2020 and changing leadership

The Skills of 2020 and Changing Leadership

The societies we live in today are vastly different from what they were twenty, or even ten years ago. The pace of the world is increasing exponentially, due to technology and its effects on the daily life of human beings. The most prevalent of these effects is no doubt the capacity for global connection.

TIME Magazine recently published an article with an infographic detailing the projected ten most important work skills required for the workplace in the year 2020 — which alarmingly, is only a little over four years away. Five years might feel a long way away for now, but in today’s fast-paced society, time flies

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Success lies in preparation, and so we must ask ourselves, what does this mean for today’s skills training and how we can keep up for 2020?

What may set the individual or leader apart is the ability to adapt and innovate, a keenness for learning, and zero tolerance for complacency.

There are a number of things expected to change by 2020, including increased longevity (longer life spans), the heightened role that technology and computation will play in our personal and professional lives, and intensified globalization. Simply put, the world is finding ways to do things better and to get more out of it. If we are optimistic, we can expect to live in an “improved” society by 2020.

For leaders, however, it is important to realize that this improvement begins right now at this moment, not five years later. When the skills of 2020 demand people to own a wider sense of social intelligence, computational thinking, cross cultural competency. In addition, it requires leaders to be capable of new media literacy, virtual collaboration, and transdisciplinary work — the learning curve begins now.

Those we deem worthy of leadership are those who are “one step ahead”, and who are “leading the way”. They are the ones who are willing to take risks and able to adapt to change, and in doing so, become role models for those who wish to follow.

Leaders in today’s world must have a solid knowledge of both the past and a future, and secure understanding of where they themselves fit in between or bridge the gap. The world is expanding, and people need to grow along with it — as the world becomes better, so must we.

Here at AIESEC, we also wanted to identify some of the top skills young people were wanting to develop today, and our YouthSpeak survey with 25,000 millennial respondents showed that leadership / team management, new languages, critical thinking and problem solving skills were still the most in-demand to help them get ahead over the next few years.

The skills you need today versus in the future are rapidly changing. Are you prepared for the skills of 2020?

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How One Person Can Change Your Life – Everyday Leadership

 

Written by Ivana Gusic, Head of Public Relations and Marketing at AIESEC in Austria

Did it ever happen to you that one person changed your life?
Did you ever have a wow day without expecting it at all?

I want to tell you a story, which took place almost half a year ago. In March 2014, on the Serbian National Conference, president of AIESEC in Serbia at the time — Aleksa Nikolic held a speech. It was his last speech as the president, since he was leaving very soon to a new position in AIESEC International. For those who don’t know, AIESEC changes its leadership body completely every year to provide opportunity for life-changing experiences to more people.

Anyway, Aleksa grew during the year he was a president, developed a lot personally and professionally and changed the organization. That day, he shared stories with us, laughed, appreciated his team and played one video. I don’t remember exactly the story that led to him playing the video. Our memory is tricky and we remember flashes, feelings and images.

But he played this video.

Have you seen it? If not, take a minute now to see it and then continue reading; you won’t regret it.

Maybe the message of the poem is not something you haven’t heard before or maybe it is. Maybe you heard a completely different message than I did that day. That’s the beauty of poems. Each person finds something in it for himself or herself.

Carpe diem. Live as if you’ll die today. Live every single day to the fullest because time flies. Live for something. Live in peace.

Maybe you see messages as the same or carrying similar meaning. Maybe they’ve lost meaning to you because you’ve heard them so many times.

But sometimes by changing the package, you get to see the same thing in a completely different light. This is what happened to me that day.

“Let now be our advent
Let us live like we meant it
Let us burn like we mean it
Because this world doesn’t give a shit if we end in a train wreck or a car crash
If our story ends with a dot or dash
If we were dust or ash
Because all we were is all we’ll be
And all we are is the in-between of so far, so good
So forget every would, could, or should not
Forget remembering how we forgot
Live like a plot twist exist now and in memory
Because we burn bright Our lights leave SCARS on the sun
Let no one say we will be undone by times passing
The memories we are amassing will stand as testament
That somehow we bent minds behind the concept
That we see others within ourselves
That self-knowledge can be found on bookshelves
So who we are has no bearing on how we appear
Look directly in every mirror
Realize our reflection is the first sentence to a story.
And our story starts; we were here”

We always consider leadership and changing the world as a massive undertaking. But sometimes it’s about changing one life.

That day, with a simple message, Aleksa changed mine. But there were more than 200 people in that room. Maybe he changed a couple more without even realising.

That is everyday leadership.

Sometimes small changes produce big echoes.

So think of things that inspire you and think about giving back and sharing with others selflessly. Because we live in such a world today where it’s easy to become self-centered and easy to forget whom else we are in this world with.

And you never know whom you can inspire by accident. So lets teach each other and inspire each other. Because leadership is about people. And this world is about people.

How many lives you think you changed without even realising it?

Maybe that is how you contributed to building a more peaceful world.