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Jacqueline Akello’s Advice For Starting Your Career: The First Step

Mary : August 24, 2018 1:49 pm : Career Development, Learners

Professors Without Borders is committed to empowering students through education. Through our summer school programs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uganda, and India, we help students develop the skills that they will need to pursue jobs within their chosen career field.

In the final part of our career advice series, we asked Jacqueline Akello, the Pioneer University Secretary for the African Rural University in Kagadi, Uganda, to share her advice for searching and applying for jobs.

Please enjoy the following article from Jacqueline.

High school leavers join university or college with big dreams. Each one believes that having the college degree or diploma shall earn them a comfortable job in life. In the first few months before going to college, there are so many possibilities a freshman sees of life. In fact, they often think the adults just do not get it. Once they start the freshman year, there is a lot of catching up, a lot of socialization and the management of newly found freedom. There are no parents to decide by what time you should be home, done homework or sleep. Parents hope you can make responsible choices.

The world is an open ground for exploration. For some, the dreams die as fast as they came. Others nurture and water their dreams.
Indeed it is an open ground for exploration. What should be most important is that what are you exploring at? If it is that dream job you want, explore the possibilities that can earn you the experience to get to that job even while at university/college. Now how does one get to know the job opportunities while at college?

Know your primary choices in life. The primary choice is that which against all other choices are made. For example, if you want to be the most successful rolex (chapatti rolled with omelet and other fillings) trader in the region, what would you do? What must you choose to do to make it? What is involved in the making, pricing, what are the different flavours people like, what varieties must you have, what would make a customer comeback to purchase? All these guide one’s decision making.

Your associates matter. Whom you associate with is important to guide you in the choices that you end up making. Associating with staff of the college can enable you know the openings available. Perhaps a professor would want a research assistant. They are willing to mentor and train. These are short term opportunities. Assuming you want to be a statistician, you want to be as close to research associates as possible to give you opportunities to learn the tools of your trade while you get paid for it.

Ask the college Dean or Administrator. The Administrator and or Dean of any college always has a broader understanding of emerging needs. They shall always guide or recommend you. Notice boards often have leads, follow-up assume you are the first to read it. Volunteer if need be.
Business opportunities within the college. Your fellow students may be willing to purchase items or services from you. A number of college students have provided services such as graphics design, organize events, photocopy services etc. So many of these business opportunities are readily supported by the college students who become your clients and undertake free marketing for you. You must be willing to sacrifice a little pride. For some, such services are developed into full time jobs after college.

Participation in sports activities. Sports is often taken as a recreation engagement. All sports have rules and involve people. Soft skills extremely important for employment are developed through sports. People management, management of success and failure, time management, goal setting and strategizing etc. While it may not be an obvious linkage to employment, it provides experience useful in employment.

Whatever strategy you choose to take, remember, the skill and experience you learn from it shall be your stepping stone to the next level.

Many thanks to Jacqueline for her incredible insight. We hope that “The First Step” serves a useful resource as you begin your job search! Make sure to visit the Career Development Page to find advice and tips for how to start your next job search.

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The First Step: A Guide to Searching and Applying for Jobs in Thailand

Mary : August 6, 2018 3:49 pm : Career Development, Learners

Welcome back to The First Step, PROWIBO’s job search series. Through these articles, PROWIBO aims to present advice on searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda. We hope these articles can serve as resources for the students of all of PROWIBO’s summer school programs.

In Part Two, we cover searching and applying for jobs in Thailand. We asked Sipim Sornbanlang, PROWIBO Asia Representative and Programs Coordinator, to give her advice for searching and applying for jobs.


Getting Started

When starting a  job search, it is important to stay organised and focused. At first glance, starting to look for a new job can seem overwhelming. However, it is very easy to conduct your job search online. “Searching online is the most convenient way for young people nowadays,” says Sipim. One website that may be particularly useful is JobThai. On the homepage, you can view JobThai’s most popular and most recent job adverts. Moreover, you can use JobThai’s search engine to browse for jobs by industry, category, and province. In addition to posting job adverts, JobThai offers users the chance to design and store their resumes on the website. However, if you are having difficulty finding a job online, Sipim suggests that you consult newspapers. “Sometimes jobs advertised in English newspapers like Bangkok Post, The Nation, etc. are more interesting and challenging,” says Sipim.

During the initial stages of your job hunt, it is important consider how you will present your resume and cover letter to a potential employer. Sipim suggests that resumes and cover letters should be as concise as possible. Remember that these documents present an overview of your skills and qualifications, so do not  overload the documents with too much information. Moreover, Sipim suggests that you maintain a professional tone throughout the documents. Remember to include a professional email address with your first and last name and, depending on your comfort level, include a professional and recognisable photo of yourself.


Skill Development

When applying for jobs, it is important to reflect on your own skills and abilities, so you make sure that you apply for jobs that reflect your skill set. Think about your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to soft skills, such as communication skills and time management and industry-specific skills, such as data processing. Skill development is a lifelong process. You can and should always make time to learn new skills and/or improve  your current skills. If you are unsure where to start, two key skills areas are language skills and IT skills.  “English communication is a plus when you are searching/applying for jobs,” says Sipim. It may also benefit you to learn another language aside from English, such as Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, and/or French. Moreover, Sipim stresses the importance of IT Skills and applications, especially Microsoft Office. Furthermore, Sipim  believes that individuals may also want to familiarize themselves with design skills. “I think having skill in multimedia or graphics can be very useful such as Photoshop, Video editing, etc. But this depends on which kind of organization you are working with as well,” says Sipim.


Work Experience

In a competitive labour market, it is important for candidates to stand out among other potential applicants. A great way to stand out is to have work experience in your chosen field. There are many ways to gain work experience. You can start by looking for volunteer opportunities and activities in university. Sipim also recommends applying to be an intern. Working as an intern will allow you to familiarize yourself with the industry and it provides great opportunities for networking. “According to my experience, many students could get job offers from organizations they intern after they graduate,” says Sipim. It is important to pursue as many work opportunities as you can. These opportunities not only help to advance your professional development but also help you understand how well you cope with problems and teamwork.


Interview Preparation

Throughout your job search, it is important to dedicate time to prepare for job interviews. To begin your interview preparation, think about how you would like to present yourself to your future employer. Sipim stresses the importance of being respectful and humble when first applying for jobs. It is also important to consider how to dress professionally  in order to create a good first impression. Finally, you should take adequate time to research the history and background of the organisation. “Do your homework about the organization you’re applying, study it well and give them good reasons why you are matched their requirements,” suggests Sipim. Potential employers will appreciate you taking the time to get to know the organisation.


Many thanks to Sipim for her helpful insight. Stay tuned for Part Three, where we will discuss searching and applying for jobs in Uganda. Make sure to visit the Career Development page to find advice and tips for how to start your next job search. To learn more about PROWIBO, please visit our website.



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The First Step: A Guide to Searching and Applying for Jobs In Sierra Leone

Mary : August 3, 2018 10:23 am : Career Development, Learners

Professors Without Borders is committed to empowering students through education. Through our summer school programs in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uganda, and India, we help students develop the skills that they will need to pursue jobs within their chosen career field. In “The First Step”, Professors Without Borders will present advice on searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda. We hope that these articles will serve as resources for our past, present and future students.

We asked PROWIBO program alumni and research associate, Mucktarr Raschid and PROWIBO Project Coordinator for Sierra Leone and research associate Yanoh Jalloh to share their advice for searching and applying for jobs in Sierra Leone.


Getting Started

Sometimes the most difficult part of a job search is the initial research phase. While looking for job posting can be overwhelming, there are resources that you can use to make sure that you are proactive and productive. Finding out where to look for a job posting is key. Mucktarr suggests that you begin your job search by looking either in local newspapers or browsing social media platforms. “Newspapers are a key tool for searching for job applications in Sierra Leone,” says Mucktarr. However, both Mucktarr and Yanoh emphasise the importance of using social media to conduct  job searches and research job opportunities. They recommend students utilise social media platforms, such as Facebook to browse for job adverts and applications.

Moreover, you can utilise platforms, such as Whatsapp to come across job opportunities. “Some organizations send out job postings through their networks on WhatsApp [and] sometimes people send a job description to a group or their contacts and it gets forwarded. You can’t really do anything special to receive these job postings but once can always be on the lookout,” says Yanoh. Furthermore, Yanoh suggests that individuals browse the Freetown announcement job forums on Yahoo to look for job adverts.

In addition to social media, Yanoh recommends visiting the job search website Launched in 2014, aims to “lower the search cost and barrier to information for both job-seekers and employers, providing basic labor market information to them and a centralised meeting point wherein the two groups can interact.” Additionally, the site publishes articles offering advice on writing an effective resume  recruiting and hiring candidates, and ways to increase your productivity at work.


Skill Development and Work Experience

According to Raschid, “skills and experience are fundamental in nipping a job, so it is advisable for one to constantly make relentless efforts to improve your abilities and competencies.” Raschid recommends that individuals work first on developing good working ethic and develop good habits, such as punctuality as early as the interview process. In addition to soft skills, Yanoh recommends to work on developing greater computer literacy. This includes have a good understanding of Microsoft Suite. At the least, it is useful to have a good understanding of Microsoft Excel as many businesses in Sierra Leone use in many of their daily operations.

Moreover, it is attractive to employers if you have experience in  data evaluation and know how to extrapolate data as well as evaluate and present data sets.

In addition to investing in skill development, Mucktarr suggests individuals try to gain as much work experience as possible.  Start by looking at volunteer opportunities with organisations (NGOs, nonprofits, for-profits, etc.) or government institutions. Getting your foot in the door is crucial as  “you might be a priority for consideration if there is a vacancy in the organisation,” says Mucktarr.


Other Avenues

Mucktarr recommends that individuals explore all forms of employment, including self-employment. There are many possibilities for small business ventures in Sierra Leone. Individuals with a passion for starting their own business should begin by researching their area of interest and drafting a sound business plan. Moreover, Mucktarr recommends that individuals base their venture on their access to start-up funding.

It is important to be persistent and vocalise that you are actively looking for job opportunities. “In Sierra Leone it is very much about who you know, how you know them, and knowing them at the right time. If people know you are  in the job market, they will consider you when opportunities come up,” says Yanoh.


Many thanks to Mucktarr and Yanoh! Stay tuned for Part Two, where we discuss tips for searching and applying for jobs in Thailand.



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Weicht, Rebecca. “Education Systems Can Stifle Creative Thought. Here’s How to Do Things Differently.” World Economic Forum. Accessed July 15, 2018.


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Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Action Planning

Mary : July 17, 2018 3:09 pm : Career Development, Learners

Conducting a job search can be overwhelming. Luckily, Action Planning is a great way to stay organised and focused during your job search.

What is Action Planning?

The University of Kent’s Careers and Employability Service defines action planning as “a process which will help you to focus your ideas and decide what steps you need to take to achieve particular goals that you may have.” It is a cost-effective way for you to transform your aspirations into actions.

How do I create an Action Plan?

  1. Prioritise your interests. Think about the aspects of a job that are the most important to you, such as the starting salary, the available benefits, length of commute, hours, type of workload, etc.
  2. Set S.M.A.R.T. short term and long term goals. It is important to set goals for yourself. These goals should be specific, measurable, attainable and time bound. When developing these goals, think about where you want to be professionally and/or personally in the short and long term.
  3. Develop Action Steps. Action Steps are the specific actions that you will take in order to achieve your goal(s). It is important to make sure that your action steps are realistic and specific. The more clear you are, the easier it will be for you to complete each step. Action steps can include submitting a certain number of job applications each week, attending a career workshop, and/or developing a new skill.
  4. Monitor your progress keeping in mind your target dates. Record everything you do. This will help you stay organised throughout the process. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your Action Plan, try to speak with a career advisor. Remember,  you can always make changes to your Action Plan.

Why should I create an Action Plan?

Job searching is a self-regulated process. Even if you are a motivated individual, you should take time to think about your goals for personal and career development. What type of career do you want to have? Moreover, action planning helps to increase your productivity during your job search.In April of 2018, the World Bank conducted a study to determine the effect of action planning on job search efficiency for unemployed youth in South Africa. Participants attended career counselling workshops and were asked to complete weekly action plans. The study found that participants who made weekly action plans “received 24% more responses from employers and 30% more job offers, and were 26% more likely to be employed at the time of follow- up” in comparison to those did not complete weekly action plans.

If you need some inspiration when formatting your Action Plan, check out these templates from the World Bank, and  


Happy planning! Make sure to check out Prowibo’s Career Development page for more articles on how to make the most out of your job search.


Broad, Wendy. “The 5 Minute Career Action Plan.” Headspace National Youth Mental Health Network. Accessed July 10, 2018.

-“Career Planning: Career Development Action Plan.” University of California Berkeley Human Resources. Accessed July 13, 2018.

-Carranza, Eliana, and Svetlana Pimkina. Overcoming Behavioral Biases in Job Search: The Value of Action Planning.Issue brief. April 2018. Accessed July 14, 2018.

-Coleman, Rachel. “Simple Strategies That Work for Job Seekers.” Governance for Development. June 29, 2018. Accessed July 14, 2018.

-“MIT Global Education & Career Development.” Make a Career Plan | MIT Global Education & Career Development. Accessed July 14, 2018.

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Academic Funding Opportunities for African Youths

admin : February 28, 2018 11:27 pm : Career Development, Learners

Here are 12 excellent opportunities for funding for African Youths!

1. Merck 350 Research Grants (up to EUR 350,000) Deadline: August 15th, 2018. Get funding to work on challenging research topics at the occasion of Merck’s 350th anniversary. Merck is all about Science and Technology. Check out this link: Merck

2. Africa Women Development Grants 2018 – $50,000 – Deadline March 7th 2018. The Africa Women Development Grants invites applications from African women’s organizations under it’s main grants programme. African Women’s Development Fund

3. UNAOC – United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – $25,000 – February 16th 2018 – Youth Solidarity Fund application – United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

4. Misk Grand Challenges – Up to $100,000 Grant for Young Innovators World Wide – Deadline – May 14th 2018 – Via the Misk Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Misk Foundation مؤسسة مسك الخيرية

5. IITA Research Fellowship on “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa” – Up to $10,000 – Deadline – February 28th 2018 –

6. Tanzania Sudden Opportunity Grant – Up to $200,000 – Deadline – Dec 31st 2018 – Voice

7. For Further funding opportunities, grants, scholarships, stay tuned on:

8. UK Network for funding organizations in International development, rolling deadlines, form $5,000-$500,000:

9. Open society initiative of East Africa – Open Society Foundations

10. IDEX Global Accelerator Fellowship 2018/2019 – for aspiring social entrepreneurs. Deadline – March 15th 2018 – IDEX Fellowship

11. Global Change-makers Youth Summit 2018 – 18 to 23 years old –  Fully Funded to Switzerland – Global Changemakers

12. All Bar None Scholarship to attend the 2018 One Young World Summit in The Hague, The Netherland (Fully Funded) – Deadline – 2nd April 2018 – One Young World

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Interview Tips that will Help you Land the Job!

admin : February 17, 2018 9:02 pm : Career Development, Learners

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the interview stage of your job hunting process! Now what do you do? Before you let the nerves kick in, check out this list of interview tips that will help you land the job!

Practice, practice, practice!

It can be very helpful to hold practice interviews with a friend or colleague before you go to the actual interview. This way you can practice responses to typical job interview questions and answers that will set you apart from the rest of the candidates. Make a list of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills. A great way to do this is to construct a list of the job requirements and match them with your experience. When you provide evidence of your past success, it is a great way to promote yourself! Make sure you also have a list of your own questions ready to ask the employer.

For examples of the most commonly asked interview questions, follow this link.

Not sure what types of questions to ask the employer during the interview? Have a look at this comprehensive guide.

Research the Company.

Researching the company is part of the preparation process before the interview. Employers want to make sure you did your homework and understand what the company does and the industry that they work in. You need to be prepared for the question, ‘What do you know about this company?’ It is important to do research so that you can showcase and relate what you’ve learned about the company throughout the interview process. Take some time to visit the company’s official website and write down any key information you think may be useful during the interview.

Get Ready ahead of Time.

It is never a good idea to wait last minute to pick an outfit, print out a copy of your CV or find a notebook and pen. Make sure you have one great interview outfit ready so you can be prepared to interview on short notice without the stress of deciding on what to wear. The night before the interview make sure you have everything ready, your outfit is neat and appropriate for the type of company you are interviewing with. Bring extra copies of your CV and always bring a pen and paper for note taking as well as questions and information you prepared for the interview.

The Balance has a great article about appropriate interview attire for all different types of interviews.

Be Early!

Being early for an interview is crucial in the selection process as it shows that you are reliable and punctual. Make sure to arrive five to ten minutes early. If needed, take some time the day before to find the interview location to ensure you know exactly how long it takes to get there and where to go. Being early allows you to visit the restroom, inspect your outfit and calm your pre-interview nerves.

Stay Calm.

It is important to stay as calm as possible during the interview. Try to relax and remember that your body language shows as much about you as your answers to the questions. If you have properly prepared, it will be evident in the confidence you exhibit. If you feel flustered, take a minute to relax. All interviewers have been in your shoes at one point and understand that it can be very nerve-racking! Ensure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s), be active and listen to the entire question before you answer.

Here are some great tips for avoiding job interview stress and to help calm your nerves.

Share your Knowledge.

Make sure to relate what you have researched about the company when you are answering questions. When you speak about your career accomplishments, match them to the job description for the position you’re applying for. Use examples from your research such as, ‘From the research I did, I noticed that your customer satisfaction ratings improved when you implemented your new software system last year. I am familiar with the latest technologies from my experience at X-Company developing software.’ This is your time to shine and match the company’s requirements to your expertise!

Follow Up!

Make sure to always follow up with the interviewer(s) with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you forgot to mention any important details during the interview, this is also a time to include them. If you were interviewed by more than one person, do not send out a mass email, but rather send a personalised note. Make sure this is done within 24 hours of your interview.

Now that you know the top tips for a successful interview, start preparing and researching and relax! You’ll do great!



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Tips for Teachers

admin : January 17, 2018 11:48 pm : Career Development, Learners

This section on Career Development is not only useful to the students and alumni of Prowibo, but also to our teachers. Have a look at this inspiring article on tips for teachers written by one of Prowibo’s Research Fellows, Gabriel Inchausti.

Citizens of Solidaryland are known for their kindness and pro-sociality. One example will offer proof: their rate of organ donors is above 90%. The figure is seven times higher than their neighbours’ (the citizens of Egoland). Solidarylanders like to help others and they know the biggest way to do it is by giving the gift of life: donating to those who need it.

But what about Egolanders? Are they as cold, heartless, and individualistic as those figures suggest? Is it that they don’t care about others at all?

A small trick helped Solidarylanders to achieve such impressive rate of donors: all of them are automatic donors, unless they explicitly declare so. Can that seemingly innocuous fact be that important? Definitely!

Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics , coined the term ‘nudge‘ to refer to those little elements in the context of a decision that have big impact in its outcome. We are not optimal, rational machines that make decisions always in accordance to our own benefit or our beliefs. We are just humans, and as Solidarylanders, we can use some help in the context to improve our decisions.

We know that education is very important. We are willing to put a considerable dose of effort to fulfil our academic goals. However, we rely on our human condition to make the right choices when the moment comes: Should I work now and finish this essay, or can I leave it for the weekend? In the end, my deadline is only next Tuesday. This is not an easy decision, and its outcome is not necessarily related to a specific academic mindset.

Professors can greatly improve the impact of their teachings if they become ‘choice architects‘. Lectures and course structure can have more effect if professors strategically place “cues” that condition students’ academic decisions in a good way.

Here a few suggestions:

Master the Deadlines.

Do students deliberately decide to rush during the last couple of days to finish their essay? Definitely not! But procrastination is one of the most difficult forces that students fight.

Although they know they tend to procrastinate, and they self-impose deadlines, they fail in building an effective mechanism to enforce their plan. Students may benefit more from externally imposed deadlines. (Ariely & Wertenbroch, 2002)

Help your students by splitting complex tasks into smaller ones with strict interim deadlines.

Build Habits.

We rely heavily on routines, in particular those that are proposed to us. Sometimes students build the proper ones, but sometimes they don’t. It is not enough to set how much time they should allocate each week in studying for a subject. They need to go one step forward. They need to specify when, where, and with whom.

The more specific the plan, the bigger the chances for them to follow it. As odd at it may sound, consider incentivising the first steps of your students’ plan. Incentives work great for short sprints and can be very useful when trying to build a routine.

Should your students earn credits just for showing up every Monday morning at 8 AM with their group? It may not be a silly idea.

Embrace the Golden Minute.

Other Nobel Prize in Economics, Daniel Kahneman said: “Our mind has a useful capability to focus on whatever is odd, different or unusual”. That useful capability can turn into something that is not always helpful, but professors can use it in benefit of their student.

Leave the last three minutes of your lectures for students to write what they have learned, what was most surprising in  your class and ask them to choose something they learned to tell to others.

These three questions activate  a mechanism that helps in retaining concepts. The “saying-is-believing” effect, (Hausmann, Levine, & Tory Higgins, 2008) refers to the influence in a communicator’s memories that has the process of tailoring a message for an audience.

When you ask your students to choose a single salient concept and to tell it to others they care about, the chance of them to fix it, increases.

Fight the Curve of Forgetting

Humans tend to forget, but they do it following a systematic pattern: we forget exponentially. Studies regarding the way we handle memories refer to the idea that the process of forgetting is linked with our growing inability to retrieve pieces of information stored. Memories appear to be gone because we can’t recall it, not because we lose it. (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994) Mnemonic rules are tools to help in the process of information recovery.

Remind your students about the key concepts of your lessons the day after your lecture. Do it again in ten days. And do it a third time within a period of one month. This can help students  strengthen the “recalling procedures”, thus making the learned knowledge more available.


(1) Master the deadlines, (2) Build Habits, (3) Embrace the Golden Minute, and (4) Fight the Curve of Forgetting. These techniques won’t alter the beliefs of your students about the importance of education and the relevance of your lectures, but they will help them engage in behaviours consistent with high academic performance.


Anderson, M. C., Bjork, R. A., & Bjork, E. L. (1994). Remembering can cause forgetting: Retrieval dynamics in long-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(5), 1063–1087.

Ariely, D., & Wertenbroch, K. (2002). Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment. Psychological Science, 13(3), 219–224.

Hausmann, L. R. M., Levine, J. M., & Tory Higgins, E. (2008). Communication and Group Perception: Extending the `Saying is Believing’ Effect. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11(4), 539–554.


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Top Tips for Writing an Outstanding CV

admin : January 11, 2018 5:54 pm : Career Development, Learners

When it comes to looking for a job, a great CV is a necessity. Get it right and you will land an interview in no time, however, get it wrong and it will be difficult to score an interview.

This guide will provide top tips for writing an outstanding CV for 2018 and beyond.

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Exam Study Tips

admin : October 27, 2017 11:16 am : Career Development, Learners

Stressed about an upcoming exam? Take a look at these exam study tips written by our Uganda Team Leader, Ena!

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Tips to Aid in your Job Search

admin : October 24, 2017 1:13 pm : Career Development, Learners

Regardless of the field you’re in, applying for a new job can be stressful. Filling out numerous applications and then playing the waiting game is an experience nobody enjoys. Receiving emails stating you have not been shortlisted for the position can be disheartening and leave you feeling frustrated in your search.

However, what if we told you that there are a few secrets to help you find the best jobs and land an interview? This post will provide you with the important tips to aid in your job search.

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Give your Referees the Treatment they Deserve!

admin : October 2, 2017 4:07 pm : Career Development, Learners

When applying for university, scholarships or jobs, many times you are asked to provide references to ensure academic standing or the level of professionalism you demonstrate. Great references are very valuable, so why do we treat our referees so poorly? This post will present 5 tips on how to give your referees the treatment they deserve!

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Top 10 Tips for Applying for Scholarships

admin : September 26, 2017 9:07 am : Blogs, Career Development, Learners

Applying for scholarships can sometimes be stressful and confusing. But have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of our top 10 tips for applying for scholarships.


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Free Software for Students

caro : August 11, 2017 1:41 pm : Career Development, Learners

Software that is useful for students, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an essay


… add references to my essay

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Free Software for Research and Teaching

caro : August 11, 2017 1:38 pm : Career Development, Learners

Software that is useful for educators, all free, all online. Most of these need to be downloaded, but once done you can often use them offline.

I want to….

… write an article


… add references to my article

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Online Courses for FREE

caro : August 8, 2017 12:58 pm : Career Development, Learners

These courses are free but you are charged in you want to receive a certificate.

Coursera offers financial aid to students who want the official verification certificate and can’t afford it.

This is a fabulous help for curious students or those struggling with a course. Click the below links, chose your class, build your degree!


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Do you want to study Law? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:25 pm : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against law degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

A Law Student’s Toolkit

English Common Law: Structure and Principles
University of London

An Introduction to American Law
University of Pennsylvania

International Law
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to International Criminal Law
Case Western Reserve University 

International Humanitarian Law
Université catholique de Louvain

International Investment Law 
Université catholique de Louvain

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

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Do you want to study Global Politics and Development? Free online courses.

admin : September 19, 2017 9:48 am : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against Global Politics and Development degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

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Do you want to study an MBA? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:19 pm : Career Development, Learners


These courses have been cross-referenced against MBA degrees from top universities. If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
Rice University

Financial Markets

Maths Essentials for MBA Success 
Imperial College London

International Business Environment
University of London

Accounting Essentials for MBA Success
Imperial College London 

Corporate Financial Policy
University of Michigan

Project Risk Assessment
University of Michigan 


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Do you want to study health? Free online courses.

caro : August 11, 2017 1:32 pm : Career Development, Learners

LIST OF COURSES to study health.
If you want to study for free or supplement your knowledge, here are the courses you can follow online for free.

Essentials of Global Health

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview
University of Geneva

Global Health Diplomacy
State University of New York

Global Health Policy
University of Tokyo

International Women’s Health and Human Rights
Stanford University

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics
University of Cape Town

Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Emory University

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Our Teaching Tips

caro : August 1, 2017 9:41 am : Career Development, Learners


Click here for the teaching primer pack by Richard Adams.

Our lecturers have all been trained using this philosophy to best engage with students using the latest available research and technology. Please feel free to adopt, adapt and send us feedback.

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Where to find scholarships

caro : July 27, 2017 12:51 pm : Career Development, Learners


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Scholarships in China

With the improving relations between China and Africa and the development of China, more and more African students want to study in China. Many Chinese universities offer scholarships for African students who want to study in China to ease their financial pressure.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

Scholarships in Italy
The Università Cattolica Africa Scholarship and is offered by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Italy. The scholarship is part of its mission to foster relationships with developing countries developed the Africa Scholars Program for students, both citizens and residents, from the African continent. The UCSC Africa Scholarships program aims to enable students to study selected Masters degree programs taught in English at UCSC’s Milan, Piacenza and Cremona Campuses. Cattolica offers scholarship opportunities for 1-year English-taught specializing Masters as well.

Scholarships in Finland
If you’re interested in studying in Finland the link below provides information on scholarship opportunities in Finland for international students, as well as financial advice and the application process for university study at all levels.

Scholarships in Sweden
The Swedish Institute, a government agency, and several Swedish universities offer a range of scholarships each year for international students and researchers wishing to go to Sweden. There are also scholarship competitions and other scholarship opportunities provided by private institutions and foundations.


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Scholarships for Women from Africa

caro : August 18, 2017 12:36 pm : Career Development, Learners

With many education foundations and charities working to increase opportunities to higher education, there has been a rise in the number of scholarships available for African women

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) provides scholarships for African women in sub-Saharan Africa working within agricultural science.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship program is a fellowship that provides training for African women to become human rights lawyers within their home country. It places an emphasis on advancing gender equality in the African legal system.

Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme is specifically for female African students pursuing master’s or PhD programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and education science at an African university.

NYU Wagner Public Service Fellowships for African Women offer scholarships for African women wishing to pursue careers in public service within their home countries.

Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women is a joint initiative of King’s College London (UK) and the University of Nairobi to train African women in conflict, security and development.

Zawadi Africa Education Fund provides scholarships for African women to study in Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya or the US.

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Scholarships for African candidates

caro : July 27, 2017 1:36 pm : Career Development, Learners

International Scholarships for African students
A list of current opportunities including helpful links and advice.

The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship is being offered by Carleton University in Canada to African students looking to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate programmes for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture is inviting MCF –at- RUFORUM Scholarship applications for Ugandan and Kenyan students for the 2017/18 academic year. The scholarship is available for bachelor and master programmes.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is offering partial scholarships to 10 students interested in studying Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation and Master of Science in Computing.

International Health Sciences University has organised Scholarships for Ugandan Students. These scholarships are available to pursue Bachelor, Master and Diploma programme. The aim of the scholarships is to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides postgraduate training in a field with strong relevance to national development aiming at university staff development and public sector demand of academically trained personnel to nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) is now accepting applications for Rhodes Scholarship for West African students for the academic year 2018-2019. The Rhodes scholarship is administered by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom and is a postgraduate award that seeks to support exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is for Masters and PhD level African students with special circumstances. It caters for study across the globe.

Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Fund provides graduate scholarships for African scientists to gain financial assistance for a master’s degree in subjects related to disease control in Africa. Successful scholarship candidates can study at London’s Institute of Tropical Medicine, the London School of the Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or Nagasaki University in Japan.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are international scholarships for African students within the Commonwealth to study a Masters degree by distance learning from selected universities in the UK and worldwide.

Opportunities for Africans is a listof scholarships for study at all degree levels. It also has jobs listings.

The Beit Trust Scholarships provides international Masters degree and PhD scholarships for African students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe to study in the UK, Ireland or South Africa at a leading university.

Wells Mountain Foundation Scholarships offers international scholarships for students from developing countries (including African nations) to gain funding for university at home and abroad.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program is a scholarship programme for women from Africa (as well as Europe and the Middle East) to study computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field at any study level at a university in one of the aforementioned regions.


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