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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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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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