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Just Graduated: What to do after School?



Written By: Ms. Deena Osman

Reporting and Publications Committee Volunteer, IEEE AlexSB

Edited By: HR Revolution Team

In a few years, I’ll be proud to see someone standing in my place talking about his or her success story…

Mostafa Khalil

IEEE AlexSB Chairman

Graduating is not the end of the road; it’s the start of a new one. The most challenging obstacle graduates meet on the way is figuring out the next step. Just Graduated is annual conference organized by IEEE Alexandria Student Branch aiming to help students and fresh graduates be prepared for any challenges they may face and keep pace with today’s labor market. This year, Just Graduated’17 took place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on the 6th and 7th of July.

The conference was kicked off with Engineer Ahmad Ragab’s marvelous keynote speech. Engineer Ahmad Ragab worked as a researcher assistant in radio frequency integrated circuit lab in Utah University and in ANM University. He gave the graduates some valuable advice about life after graduation from his experiences, “When putting goals for yourself, put a smart goal. A smart goal has to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bounded.”

This was followed by a session about ‘Freelancing’ by Engineer Youssef Al-Akari . The aim of the talk was to introduce the attendees to the world of freelancing; the myths, truths and how-to-s from someone who has seen it all. He also added, “Banana Tag is one of the mail tracking tools. Its good to know whether your mail has been already checked or not.”

            Next, there was a session by Mr. Mostafa Bakr on how to write a proper CV and some tips and tricks on how recruiters handle and filter the CVs they receive. As a tip we are quoting from Mr. Mostafa, “When you decide to apply in a foreign country, you should take the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) into consideration while writing your CV.”

 This was followed by a session by Mr. Mahmoud Mansi – Author, HR Consultant & Entrepreneur – titled “How to Pass an Interview” which the attendees interacted with very intensively. Mr. Mahmoud made it simple by asking the attendees to imagine themselves in the shoes of recruiters, this would help much in avoiding cliché answers and providing creative and honest ones.

Most people care about their educational degree, and get shocked after their graduation, because of the huge differences between the educational life and professional life. That’s why, it was important in such a conference to have a talk on how to “Work like a Pro!” as they say. This was given by Mr. Hassan Ragab who now is the Head of HRIS department at AASTMT and who also holds a MBA in human resources.

On the first day also, Eng. Bassam Tarek, who is the co-founder of “Creiden LLC”; a company specialized in web-development,  and mobile applications, gave a very important talk titled “Student Life vs. Professional Life” introducing topics like whether or not college is enough and what exactly it is that one is expected to develop on their own.

We ended the day with a talk by Ms. Sherin Ewase – Freelancer & HR Professional – introducing valuable Career Advice for Women. “You can occupy any job you want regardless of your grades,” she said.

Day two of Just Graduated’17 was no less enlightening. It started off with a talk on how to start your dream job through LinkedIn by Mr. Mohamed Shouman. Shouman is now a Senior HR Generalist in an international organization, and one of the co-founders of HR Revolution magazine. The session was about how to use LinkedIn to make a Professional profile and how to adjust your profile to make yourself a good catch for recruiters.
Then, and since JG’17 really tries to open up the attendees’ eyes to all different possibilities, there was a session about “Travelling Abroad” by Eng. Mohamed ElAskary who is vice-president of AIESEC. He told us about his adventures and learnings in different countries and the possibility of going on an exchange program, which could also be a paid internship which is related to your field.

Then, there was a talk by Dr. Ahmed Shalabi about “Research”. Of course research is a very important part of this whole post-graduate conversation. Research is not about grades; it is no longer an A+ restricted path. You should ask yourself what exactly it is that you want to accomplish in your field, whether fieldwork achievements or research aspirations. About the latter, Dr. Shalabi gave golden advice on where to start and how to even choose your topic.

And because we all know that Email is the primary means of communication in the professional world, a talk about that by Mr. Youssef El-Akkari had to be part of JG’17. Everything regarding emails was discussed in this session; all the way from how to reach anyone’s E-mail to the top tips and tricks on how to make this exchange most efficient.

On day two, there was also a session by Mr. Ahmed El-Dabaa, who is the co-founder of “Spark” company that trains people, and “Step up”. He also currently works for “P&G”.  He gave an interesting talk on Communication and Leadership which the attendees loved very much.

Afterwards, Ms. Aya El Dighady who talked about “Career Shifting”; why it is a hard decision and the steps to career decision. She also spoke about why millennials job-hopping? Here are seven examples of what she has said:

-They want more money
-Lack of career growth
-Ability to change locations
-The negative stigma is nearly gone
-Culture fit
-They can
t use their best skills
-They want their hard work isn
t being recognized”

This was followed by a very informative talk by Mr. Ahmed Mostafa about Self-learning and how to find the proper self-discipline in your heart to achieve the things that you want to achieve. What are coupons? And how to get all the 1000$ courses for free in a legal way. He listed the five steps for online studying: 1)Registration, 2)Needs and Desire, 3)Mindset filtration, 4)Courses search & collection, 5)Courses filtration. 

Last but not least, there was a very realistic motivational talk by Engineer Mohamed El-Dallal; founder of Innovideas, about goals, dreams and why we do things in the first place.

Throughout the two days of JG’17, there were on-going Mock Interviews with HR specialists for all the attendees. The HR specialists would conduct real interviews with the attendee, take notes and give them feedback by the end, which is something the attendees benefited a lot from.

Presenters of the Day: Ms. Yomna Meles & Mr. Yasser El Barbary

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How did studying a CIPD qualification with ICS Learn change my career?



Journalism: Mariham Magdy

“Choosing ICS Learn has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I personally struggled for nearly two years trying to kickstart a career in HR and as we all know, HR is one tough industry to crack. “After choosing ICS Learn, I had a number of recruiters contacting me for HR roles and I couldn’t believe it! The level of attraction I received once putting the words ‘Studying towards CIPD’ on my CV was immense.

“I finally managed to gain an HR Administrator role in one of the best companies and couldn’t have been more pleased with being offered such a fantastic opportunity.”


” Other course providers did not offer upfront information about how support would be given and by whom. ICS Learn proudly promotes the tutors and high levels of expertise. This gave me confidence that I would be in good hands.
Just one month after enrolling with ICS Learn for my CIPD course, I landed my first HR role and am over the moon!”

Nikki Long, CIPD Level 3 Student

“I really wanted to break into HR/Learning and Development roles, but the jobs I was applying for required a CIPD qualification, so I then took the leap and started with ICS Learn. “From not being able to get an interview for roles I started getting offers as soon as I mentioned CIPD on my CV.”

Nin Sandhu, CIPD Level 3 Student

“As a recent student of ICS Learn, I have completed my Level 5 Diploma. Prior to starting the course, I didn’t work in an HR role, so after shopping around and a lot of Google searching, I got into contact with a student advisor at ICS Learn.

The gentleman I spoke to was very endearing and friendly, as I didn’t work in an HR role and had no HR qualifications I was looking to start the CIPD Level 3 qualification, however, the advisor suggested I started with Level 5 as I had a university degree. “This was possibly the best choice I made as it has helped me become more recognised academically and I was able to get my first HR role in Alstom within 2 months of starting my course.”

Rukhsaar Hussain, CIPD Level 5 Student

“I have been able to use my studies in making decisions at work and able to relate the practical way of my work to my academic studies. “The tutors on my modules are friendly and approachable which has made me feel very supported throughout the course.”

Bernadette Aquino, CIPD Level 7 Student

“Since I decided to enroll onto a CIPD Level 5 qualification with ICS Learn in April last year, it has already had a tremendously positive impact on my change in career direction.

After careful comparison with other learning platforms, ICS Learn stood out to me as the best one available, as I knew people who had done this course and were able to gain successful entry into HR, either like myself during studying, or very quickly after completion. 

They had good testimonies from students and offered an excellent flexible payment programme which made it accessible.

ICS Learn also offers good study support, from your own tutor, or even from fellow students!

Even though I’m still working towards my qualification, it has 100% helped me secure my future as an HR professional.”

Taj Chelvaiyah, CIPD Level 5 Student

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Which Certification is right for me PHRi™ or SPHRi™?



Written by: Mariham Magdy

When deciding to take a step forward for their international certification, many HR professionals hesitate between choosing the right credential that suits their professional experience and practice; whether the PHRi™ or the SPHRi™?

In this article, we will provide a comprehensive comparison between the two credentials, to help you decide which certification is right for you.

First, we will highlight the eligibility requirements for both:

Let’s elaborate more about what is meant exactly by a “professional-level experience in an HR position”?

HRCI defines a “professional-level” HR position as one that includes:

  • The ability to use independent judgment and discretion in performing work duties.
  • A level of specialized knowledge in the HR field with some authority for decision-making.
  • In-depth work requirements, such as data gathering, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Interaction with a broad range of individuals, including key personnel.
  • Individual accountability for results.

The Exam Content Outline for both certifications.

While the PHRi builds a professional mindset for the HR professionals on how to manage soundly the different HR functions, standardizing the steps they need to follow for the successful implementation of various HR processes; the SPHRi enhances the strategic aspect of HR Management Practices.

In other words, both certifications curriculum complements each other, and it depends on where you are on your professional career ladder to decide whether you are lacking the knowledge on how to professionally manage certain HR functions or are you ready to expand your strategic views and practices in the HR field?

The Certification Renewal:

  • You must earn 1 ethics credit during your three-year certification cycle.
  • This is a part, not in addition to your 60 required recertification credits.

I believe that the “Recertification” condition mandated by the HRCI increases the value of the certification itself since it ensures the continuous learning of the certified professionals.

One of the valuable slogans of the HRCI Certifications, is that it is “Earned not Given”, and thus the eligibility and merit of earning, must be continuously evaluated and confirmed.

Recertification is one of the many reasons that HRCI certifications are the most recognized and trusted by HR professionals and the organizations they serve. And now, recertification credits are easier than ever for you to access and earn.

And now let us know more about the Exam Format & Length:

The Exam Questions are either multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drag and drop, or scenarios.

The scenario questions present typical HR situations, followed by a series of exam items based on the scenario. These scenarios require you to integrate facts from different subject areas.

The HRCI website provides extremely useful bundles for the exam preparation material along with trial tests to assist you to get familiar with the certification exam questions and exercise them widely prior the exam itself.

In addition, the HRCI offers a “Second Chance Insurance” which is a pre-paid and non-refundable fee allowing you to take the exam for a second time in case of failing your first time.

Whether being certified as PHRi or SPHRi, the certification has three main advantages for you:

  • Requires specific work experience, competency, and education.
  • Requires recertification, which makes sure that you stay current in the HR profession through continuing education.
  • Allows you to put the letters after your name.

Through the HRCI valuable certifications, you get connected to an exclusive network of motivated HR professionals around the globe – Nearly 145,000 certified HR thought leaders working in more than 100 countries and territories.

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Emotional Intelligence and Business Excellence



Written By: Dr. Maha Magdy

Many of us as soon as they hear about ” Emotional Intelligence” think that it’s only related to love and relations with your partner, but have you ever related it to your business? How would it help you achieve your goals? Increase your income? Enrich your resources?

In business world, we usually care for IQ of candidates and consider it one of the main aspects to use for the performance evaluation of employees, ignoring their EQ which is proved to be the strongest predictor of positive performance and long-term success according to recent studies.

Let us first identify what is meant by EQ to be able to discover how foundational it is for a thriving workplace.

EQ or Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be aware of your emotions, moods & motives and to redirect them and manage your behaviors.

In other words, emotions are energy, and “Emotional Intelligence” is the ability to use or direct this energy to push you towards achieving your goals, which means you need first to identify your emotions then deal with them wisely.  

If you aim to be a unique leader you must know that rising your EQ enables you to influence other’s emotions and interact with them successfully and even direct their reactions!

This is not a bare claim, but a scientific truth that I am going to explain now.

Scientifically, EQ is the ability of your brain to build strong neural connections between: “the limbic system” (center for emotions in your brain) and “the prefrontal cortex ” (the rationale thinking center), the more neural connections your brain build, the more emotionally intelligent you become.  The good news is that you can train your brain to build these neural connections through emotional intelligence coaching techniques.

Emotional Intelligence, as I mentioned before, is mainly about emotional awareness, which is the ability to recognize your feeling, understand your habitual responses to events and realize how your emotions affect your behaviors and performance which is critical to your business.

Emotional Intelligence also enables you to acquire the ability to manage your emotions, stay focused and think clearly even when experiencing powerful emotions, which is crucial for your productivity, and would be reflected on your decisions, motivation, and relationships with others.

Emotional Intelligence coaching techniques will help you discover your limiting thoughts and beliefs and reframe them to unleash your potential and achieve the goals you though before to be unachievable, simply you would be able to choose how to react and whom to be.

One of the most important skills you acquire through emotional intelligence is the ability to master your personal power, the secret to become limitless through realizing your real capabilities and use them to put yourself where you deserve to be.

In these quick changes and surprising events, we face every day, emotional intelligence allows you to cope with stresses in a healthy way and minimize your negative thinking, this will protect both your physical and mental health and would reflect on your business.

Enhancing your EQ promotes you to build better relationships which reflects directly and indirectly on your business whether you are in a managerial position or an employee.

From all that we have mentioned above, we can realize how emotional intelligence would benefit your business through greater performance and productivity, greater income, improving personal skills, improving leadership skills, and acquiring a more healthy and stable work environment especially that it could be developed through training.

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