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Just Graduated: What to do after School?

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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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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

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“Continuous Learning, adopting innovation & creativity and teamwork are among the guiding principles of success and excellence in the government sector” Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Name: Eng.  Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Title: Director Assistance for Control & Inspection for Economic Activities at Ministry of Industry & Trade in Jordan

Winning categories:

  1. The Gold Stevie Winner in the category “the most innovative Communications Professional of the year “
  2. The Silver Stevie Winner in the category “Innovation in Community Relations or public Services Communications”
  3. The Bronze Stevie Winner in the category “Innovative Management in Government – Organizations with 100 or more employees”
Brief Biography about the Winner:

Abeer Ramadna is the Director assistant of control and inspection unit at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply (MIT) in Jordan, she has a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering- Engineering Administration / University of Jordan with “excellent degree”. Abeer has 20 years of experience in private and public sectors, and is a focal point for UNIDO at MIT in Jordan. Abeer is a certified Management development Expert from ITC/ Vienna in 2005, a certified Export Consultant to EU from CBI/Netherland in 2007, certified Lead Auditor for Quality Management ISO 9001:2015, a certified Engineer Expert in Quality and Environmental Management systems in 2018 and a certified EFQM Assessor from EFQM in 2019. Eng. Abeer has a wide professional expertise in many fields that allow her to provide consultations to the organizations in various fields including Quality Management, Environmental Management, preparing industrial polices, strategies and plans, Inspection polices, Monitoring & Evaluation systems, implementing the ISO9001, ISO14001 ISO14040s standards, and conducting technical industrial sectors studies.

Eng. Abeer won three Stevie Awards from three different categories after participation in Middle East Stevie Awards in 2020, these are:

  1. Gold Stevie Winner in a category:” The Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year”. These categories honor the most innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology.
  2. Silver Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications”. These categories honor innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology in the public sector.
  3. Bronze Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovative Management in Government “. These categories honor innovation in executive management including the Award for Innovative Management in a number of industry sectors.

Abeer has been published scientific papers in one of the world accredited journals in E-government. Titled “Barriers to E-Government Adoption in Jordanian Organizations from Users’ and Employees’ Perspectives” in 2017, the link is:

https://www.igi-global.com/article/barriers-to-e-government-adoption-in-jordanian-organizations-from-users-and-employees-perspectives/181280

and published another scientific paper titled: “SEM approach to determine factors affecting e-government success in Jordan”,  the link is:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333488499_SEM_approach _to_determine_factors_affecting_e-government_success_in_Jordan

She was selected as a Judge at the Best Jordanian chemical product Award in all three cycles of it during 2015 to 2020, Judge in the 2019 management & entrepreneur Awards categories judging committee Stevie Awards, and Judge at the best industrial engineering project for the Jordanian universities in 2019. She participated in several national and International conferences, meetings and presented papers, as a representative of the MIT / Jordan.

https://www.facebook.com/abeer.ramadna

http://linkedin.com/in/abeer-ramadna-msc-ie-pe-cbi-em-itc-mde-66928170

https://stevieawards.com/ar/mena/eng-abeer-ramadna-2

http://jordanembassyus.org/news/jordanian-engineer-wins-three-middle-east-stevie-awards?fbclid=IwAR2iBj4P8uHERE_Q2Yf-hatk2yJ-bGeq1g8MaYPIz_HJ42HqUyA6UCPehdM

Stevie Award winning Case Study:

  • Developing action plans of inspection development to governmental institutions (Inspectorates) work in fields of health, Environment, labor, safety for economic sectors in Jordan.
  • Supervision of developing Electronic Inspection System for governmental inspectorates.
  •  Conduct many awareness workshops for governmental inspectorates and for private sector institutions.
  • Conduct many workshops and training sessions as A National trainer of trainers in the shaping of future studies.
  • Secretariat of higher committee for Inspection development of Economic Activates that consists from high level management in governmental inspectorates.
  • Abeer is trusted as a competent team leader and confident expert in Quality management & Inspection systems
  • Abeer conducted in 2018 a study titled the Industrial engineering in the government sector in Jordan, current situation and future opportunities and present it in the 2nd International Conference on Industrial Systems & Manufacturing Engineering (ISME’19) Nov, 11-12, 2019 in Amman.
  • Abeer was chosen after a series of selection process as one of the National participants in the Civil Service Development Program in Jordan and attended all phases including the leadership and developing high performance teams at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst UK during 2019.

Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna “Continuing to contribute achievements and make positive impacts are goals that are achievable with the presence of strong & positive attitude, self-motivated character & determination.”

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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Asiacell

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“Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel”

Winning Organization: Asiacell

Nomination: Award for Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries (including Telecom)

Brief about the Organization:

Asiacell is a leading provider of telecommunications and data services in Iraq. As part of international telecommunications company Ooredoo Group, Asiacell was Iraq’s first mobile telecommunications provider to achieve nationwide coverage. Asiacell is also a leading internet provider with its 3.9G data services, offering the best network coverage in all of Iraq since January 2015.

Stevie Award Winning Case Study:

As part of its commitment to expand network coverage in Iraq, Asiacell has continued to support the redevelopment of the country’s infrastructure and economy and the provision of high-quality connectivity solutions. It has enhanced its “Hot Zone” restoration strategy by putting 200 sites on air and connecting over 500 sites to 3G.

Focused on improving the quality of life for communities, Asiacell’s CSR initiatives are focused on key areas, such as health, education and culture. Asiacell has equipped several higher education institutions with computer labs and supported the renovation of schools, with the aim of providing quality education infrastructure. It also partnered with the Chibayish Environmental Tourism Organization to build the first Iraqi Marshlands heritage museum in Ahwar as part of its efforts to revive Iraq’s Marshland, while generating a positive effect on tourism and jobs creation. 

Recognising that its people are its key asset, Asiacell continues to roll out initiatives focused on engaging and empowering employees. It has invested heavily in digital transformation, including digital upskilling for employees, and streamlining of various internal processes in order to nurture a digital-first culture that embraces innovation.

We are so glad to be recognized as a successful and innovative telecommunication company in Iraq with a Stevie Award for “Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries”. Recognition from the Stevie Awards means a lot to us and motivates Asiacell to continue to serve the community with professionalism. Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel.

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Qisaty Project & Developing Talent in Children with Special Needs in Egypt

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Edited By: Mahmoud Mansi

Qisaty Project – founded by Mona Lamloum – was launched on 26th December 2019 to support children talents through a series of storytelling, writing and drawing workshops.

The total number of children who participated in the storytelling workshop is 60 including the most talented 20 who were selected to the story writing sessions, 16 children ranging from 6 to 14 years old got their stories selected to be drawn by 19 children with special needs.

The drawing workshops were held in 3 cities in Egypt with cooperation with 2 special needs associations; Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor. 14 children, and Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria. 5 children.

The children have different disabilities, hearing loss, partial blindness, movement disability, learning difficulty disability, mental disability and increased electricity in the brain.

Of course such an interesting project needs proper preparation and an intellectual plan. Mona Lamloum shared some of the challenges that she and her team have faced during the project:

1-The global pandemic and the sudden lockdown.

2- The fact that most of the children with special needs suffer from many chronic diseases which lowers their immunity, in addition to the huge responsibility that lies on the team while holding the workshop during the pandemic.

3-The fear of the parents of the children with special needs participation at the drawing workshops due to the pandemic and the lack of their immunity. Which was managed to concur with the help of the project partners in drawing workshops. 

Eventually, Qisaty Project was held at exceptional circumstances and according to deadlines set up before the global Corona pandemic. However, the team did their best to get the project done within the lockdown with a quality that is aspired from the beginning, and that was done simply by teamwork, sharing a unified vision, and collaborating to find new solutions.

The result is 16 short stories in addition to 64 drawings by hands of talented children with special needs and with variable disabilities from three cities: Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor. Each drawing tells a different scene from a short story inspired from the children themselves to be published as a grand book that gathers the short stories and the drawings of all the talented young participants.

Acknowledgements:

Qisaty Sponsors:

– Amideast: Hosted the story telling, story writing workshops and the day that gathered the writers and children with special needs mixed day.

– Nahdet Misr Publishing House.

Media Sponsors:

– Marj3 Platform

– HR Revolution Middle East

– EBBY

– Arablit Quarterly

Children with special needs Associations:

– Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor.

– Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria.

Qisaty Trainers:

– Hanan El-Taher.

– Mona Lamloum.

– Zeinab Mobark.

Designing Storytelling and writing workshop:

-Mona Lamloum

Writing workshops:

– Mona Lamloum

– Yaqoub El-Sharouni

Drawing workshop:

– Under the supervision of Shoikar Khalifa,

 – With the help of respectful team at Nida Association at Cairo and Luxor.

 – Ashab El-Erada Association at Alexandria by Sahar Zaiton with the help of Aliaa Abd-Elsalam.

Team Members:

– Rawan Said

– Ahmed Ismail

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