Jobs – SLAYbassador Intern

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About the SLAYbassador Program

The SLAYbassador program is designed for devoted SLA followers who want to help spread the SLA vision and dream of a world dominated by Motherland Moguls. A SLAYbassador becomes an SLA voice when SLA can’t be there.

What SLAYbassadors do:

  1. Spread the word: Advertise and publicise SLA through conversation and interaction with our digital media.
  2. Act as a contact point between the SLA Team and our audience Give us feedback and new ideas.
  3. Connect with SLAYbassadors in their area and dominate their city

About the SLAYbassador Intern Role

The SLAYbassador Intern will take care of all things SLAYbassador! We need a team member who loves SLA, wants to share all of SLA’s inspiration and knowledge, grow our community and eventually help us take over the world!

Your job would be to take complete ownership of the SLAYbassador program, this includes marketing the program, managing all new SLAYbassadors, ensuring they are getting what we promised and helping with any problems that may come the SLAYbassador way.

Reporting Structure

The SLAYbassador Intern will report directly to the Head of Community through a check-in and check-out process.

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the SLAYbassador program runs smoothly and the numbers of SLAYbassadors continue to increase
  • Manage the new SLAYbassadors by onboarding them with their welcome e-mails and ensuring they are mentioned in the weekly SLA newsletter.
  • Ensuring that the SLAYbassadors receive all the benefits to the program promised
  • Continue to think of new and creative ways we can use the SLAYbassadors to help grow the SLA brand
  • Continue to think of new and creative ways we can keep the SLAYbassadors happy and wanting to help us grow the SLA brand
  • Help launch the SLAYbassador meetups in the cities with the largest number of SLAYbassadors
  • Continue to think of ways to we can advertise and promote the SLAYbassador program
  • Be the main point of contact between the partners of the program and SLA
  • Dealing with all issues that arise from the SLAYbassador program (this includes technical issues)

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Good knowledge of the use of IT tools (Ms.Office etc.)

There are no location requirements for this role.

Submit your application here:

Submit the application by Friday, September 22nd 2017. Please note only those successful will be contacted for interviews.

 

 

Jobs – Instagram Associate

She Leads Africa believes in the power of young African women to build amazing careers and businesses, serve as community leaders and influencers, and eventually take over the world.

Our MotherlandMoguls, as we affectionately call them, are the reason we exist – to provide them with more inspiring and educational content to help them live their best lives.
We’re looking for an Instagram guru who’d like to join us in building She Leads Africa *to become the* number one destination for smart and ambitious African women.
This role is only open in Lagos, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa only.

Reporting Structure: The Instagram Associate will report to the Head of Digital Content.

Responsibilities:

  • Be proactive about ensuring that SLA is a part of important conversations related to African women, business, career, and life
  • Grow the number of Instagram followers and page engagement
  • Lead weekly strategic meetings on content direction on the Instagram platform
  • Establish and deliver community engagement goals on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Utilize data and analytics to drive decision making and advise social content and editorial decisions
  • Oversee social content production and editing every week
  • Develop new concepts and series for the community and seek out contributors
  • Listen to our users and encourage dialogue on our platforms.

Requirements:

The ideal candidates will have an interest in building, growing and scaling communities. You don’t have to have official work experience doing this kind of work but we want someone who is passionate about digital content and can learn quickly.
If this role is for you, you’ll be excited to work in a fast-paced environment and committed to working until the job is done.

Specific requirements include:

  • Intellectual curiosity and an interest in learning new skills
  • Excellent English writing skills and the ability to adopt and change your style of writing
  • Experience in building and growing communities across markets using a variety of content, marketing, and partnership strategies
  • Knowledge of digital marketing strategies
  • Social media savvy and being up to date on current trends
  • Able to deliver on metrics-driven results and an understanding of analytics
  • Graphic design and video editing skills are a major plus

Benefits:

  • Entry level salary with commission
  • Opportunity to travel across Africa and interact with Africa’s leading voices and entrepreneurs
  • Work with a moderately fun team who’s just tryna change lives and help women get that schmoney.

Applications close on April 27, 2018.

Submit your application materials here:

Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive, we will not be able to contact everyone who applies. We will not be able to answer additional questions via email.

Jobs – Head of Content

She Leads Africa believes in the power of young African women to build amazing careers and businesses, serve as community leaders and influencers, and eventually take over the world.

Our #MotherlandMoguls, as we affectionately call them, are the reason we exist and expanding – to provide them with more inspiring and educational content to help them live their best lives.

We’re looking for a digital leader who’d like to join us in building She Leads Africa into the number one destination for smart and ambitious African women.

This role is only open in Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa only. 


Reporting Structure: The Head of Content reports directly to the SLA cofounders and is a member of the senior management team. They will also be responsible for managing a team of 3-4 direct reports.

Responsibilities:

Specifically the Head of Content will:
  • Grow the digital footprint of SLA across our website and social media followings
  • Develop new content ideas for the website and social media including multimedia and downloadable options
  • Track and monitor weekly visitor analytics and ensure monthly growth
  • Manage digital team employees including the social media, video and email managers
  • Be responsible for all digital programming on social media including twitter chats, webinars, facebook q&as, snapchat takeovers, etc
  • Identify, recruit and retain high quality contributors for our platform
  • Work with the business development manager to develop content ideas for brands
  • Proactively identify revenue generation opportunities
  • Listen to our users and encouraging dialogue on our platforms

Requirements:

The ideal candidates will have an interest in building, growing and scaling communities. You don’t have to have official work experience doing this kind of work but we want someone who is passionate about digital content and can learn quickly.
If this role is for you, you’ll be excited to work in a fast paced environment and committed to working until the job is done.
Specific requirements include:
  • Excellent English writing skills and the ability to adopt and change your style of writing
  • Experience in building and growing communities across markets using a variety of content, marketing and partnership strategies
  • Knowledge of SEO and digital marketing strategies
  • Social media savvy, including Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and up to date on current trends
  • Able to deliver on metrics-driven results and an understanding of analytics
  • Graphic design and video editing skills are a major plus

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary with commission
  • Opportunity to travel across Africa and interact with Africa’s leading voices and entrepreneurs
  • Work with a moderately fun team who’s just tryna change lives and help women get that schmoney

Applications close on July 10, 2017.

Submit your application materials here:

Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive, we will not be able to contact everyone who applies. We will not be able to answer additional questions via email.

Working to learn versus working to earn: The Millennial dilemma

Does it mean more for you to work to learn right now or work to earn? Click To Tweet

Admittedly most of us enter the job market with high hopes and plans to make waves working 9-5 and ultimately, leaving a footprint. In the excitement of the dawning of a new day; we sometimes forget that there are tough decisions that we need to ponder. This realization usually means an inevitable transition that takes us on a joy ride.

Happy New Year!

First of all, congratulations! You get to do all of the things which you set out to achieve as soon as you graduated and you are fired up with zeal to the brim. As a result you’ve been granted the opportunity-of-a-lifetime. The universe and your grancestors have been on your side; all that’s left to do is, SLAy!

Yet, there’s a disclaimer, this job you’ve been offered does not pay enough for you to rent, pay off tertiary debt and have a social life. But, you’re probably fresh from university and in need of expertise. You’re thinking surely it won’t be long until you climb the corporate ladder, right?

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Being a Motherland Mogul, you know that you cannot play with your earning potential Click To Tweet

Earning Potential

Almost all your previous stresses and worries come through like; “Oh? You thought you’d be 20-something, driving your dream car and living in your luxurious penthouse?” Ha! You thought you were so woke and resolved and then got a feel of the juice.

Being a Motherland Mogul, you know that you cannot play with your earning potential; that experience begets zeros, and recognition in your chosen field or vocation. So you need to draw up a list of priorities and take it from there. Question: Does it mean more for you to work to learn right now or work to earn?

The ramifications of either decision

Consequently, adulting comes with the unavoidable task of choices. So opting to work to earn could mean you forsake active mentorship —your job may not necessarily be in the trade or industry you may have wanted to be in. Or you may be working with individuals who are not invested in impacting any significant change within the industry because all they are about is the bottom line.

The plus side to this is the fact that you will be able to settle your student debt, send money back home and be able to start saving to purchase property or buy a car.

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The reverse scenario is accepting a job to learn, truly dedicating oneself to the course of learning as many tricks of the trade and attending networking sessions to establish a strong foothold in the industry. Huge disclaimer: the remuneration may not live up to the job title and expectation of duties to be carried out. The silver lining on this cloud would be that what you gain in experience can always be made up for in monetary value at a later stage.

It is possible to have your cake and eat it when it comes to work situations Click To Tweet

The grass may not always be greener

Whether one is working to earn, or working to learn —there are both pros and cons to each scenario. The situation will vary from person to person and it is your prerogative to choose whichever works for you at a particular juncture in life. As such; you need to decide from a place of clarity and being grounded in what you wants for yourself. It is possible to have your cake and eat it; inasmuch as something may look attractive to you, it may not be all that it is cut out to be.

The world of vocation is a journey of continual learning writes @ZimK_Mvandaba Click To Tweet

Striking a balance

The world of vocation is a journey of continual learning. By asking yourself deliberate questions about the aspirations you have and what fulfillment you want from a career, you will be a step closer. There is a preparedness that goes into the decision process guiding you from university to the world of work. Asking for help is not something to shy away from.

Also, you could spend the first few years post-grad school interning or in a learnership to gain practical experience and take charge of the learning opportunities on offer. Alternatively, one could start off working to earn and building on their professional and academic portfolio simultaneously.

There is no right or wrong, just make decisions that work for you as an individual.

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Job Opportunity: Aspen Management Partnership for Health in Sierra Leone

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Interested in global health and big systems change? Up for an entrepreneurial challenge and making things happen from within Ministries of Health? Believe that management and leadership are essential for lasting impact? Eager to apply your private sector experience to social problems? Join AMP Health for an exciting two years!

An emerging consensus among global health leaders is that stronger health delivery systems are required to ensure preparedness against future epidemics like Ebola, to continue the fight against the top killers of children and mothers around the world, and to handle the growing burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle-income countries. To strengthen health systems, governments need not only technical expertise, but also robust managerial and leadership skills, and a strategic understanding of the interplay between private and public sector roles.

Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health) is a program of The Aspen Institute that was formally launched in September 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. AMP Health offers managerial and strategic support to Ministries of Health (MoHs) in low-and-middle-income countries to facilitate community health system strengthening. The program features include (1) two-year placement of mid-career professionals with private sector experience (Management Partner, MP) within the MoH’s community health department, (2) leadership and management training for the MP and MoH counterparts, and (3) cross-country sharing of best practices and joint problem-solving.

AMP Health currently operates in Kenya and Malawi (Sierra Leone to launch in fall 2016) in conjunction with a growing partnership network that includes USAID, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Health, GSK, Merck, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, the Goldsmith Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Current AMP Health work:

The inaugural cohort of MPs was selected in late 2015 and is embedded in the ministries of health in Kenya and Malawi. The MPs bring experience from working at McKinsey, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and other global private sector organizations.

In Kenya, implementation began in February 2016 and the AMP Health country team is currently working on strengthening data use so that it can be used for analysis and advocacy to address the impact of Kenya’s recent devolution of government. In terms of engaging with partners, the team is collaborating with the local private sector and other donors as part of measures to strengthen investments in and implementation of community health. Part of this includes the creation of effective investment cases for the financing of community health.

Implementation in Malawi kicked off in July 2016 where the team is working with the MoH to act on retention, productivity and performance issues – such as supportive supervision and mentoring – affecting their CHW program. In addition, the team will work to standardize services provided by CHWs, who deliver many of the interventions addressing preventable maternal and childhood diseases. The team will also develop investment cases for the Ministry of Finance and other partners to increase funding for community health.

Management Partner Role:

AMP Health seeks highly capable leaders to join MoHs as Management Partners. Each MP will serve as a problem-solving partner to national and regional leaders on high priority initiatives related to strengthening a country’s community health system. Based within the MoH, the MP will work closely with the head of the community health department and will report to a senior official in the MoH as well as to the AMP Health team. Specific MP work will be determined in collaboration with MoHs but could include, for example, industry analysis, program design, strategic planning, financial modeling/investment cases, operations, organizational development, marketing strategy, and/or stakeholder management.

AMP Health believes in the power of strong leadership and management for systemic change. Accordingly, the MPs will benefit from personalized best-in-class leadership development training that will help them grow as leaders and effective change-makers within MoHs. MPs and their MoH counterparts will also participate in needs-based trainings and work closely with MPs from other countries and a network of local and global mentors from the public and private sectors. These events will serve as a collaborative platform to promote dialogue and best practices in leadership, management and community health systems strengthening.

Qualifications:

This role will require motivation, flexibility, patience, and a business-minded attitude. The right candidates will balance their proven business skills and results-driven approach with creativity, savvy, and humility. MPs should have an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a passionate interest in – and commitment to – the strengthening of health systems in low-and-middle-income countries. It is expected that the desired candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in business management (MBA) or other relevant field preferred;
  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing);
  • 5+ years of private sector experience, preferably with a top-tier management consulting firm;
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an ability to use qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, respond to deadlines, prioritize competing deliverables, and be productive while working both independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment with varying levels of authority, experience in government and the NGO world would be an added advantage;
  • Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, with experience in standard statistical or costing packages a plus;
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor;
  • Willingness and ability to live and work in a low-or-middle-income country for two years, with national and international travel up to 25% of the time; and
  • African nationality preferred.

Benefits:

The MP role offers a direct, meaningful, and high visibility path to public or private sector healthcare leadership, along with structured support from AMP Health’s partners and mentorship networks. This is an outstanding opportunity to drive dramatic health system improvements and strengthen leadership and management capacity within MoHs. The MP will be paid a competitive all-inclusive stipend.

To Apply:

(1) Submit the short biographical questionnaire located at http://bit.ly/1GER2eF and (2) submit a cover letter and resume by email to recruitment@ampforhealth.org.

Applications for the positions in Sierra Leone due by September 02nd, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applying prior to the deadline is therefore strongly encouraged.

Please note that the final round of interviews may take place in the host country. Placements are expected to start as soon as possible.

For more information on AMP Health, visit: www.ampforhealth.org

I Quit! How to write a letter of resignation

Hi,

I quit! I was too good for this job anyway. Kiss my a** and don’t bother contacting me.

P.S. Just to let you know, I was the one who ate the jollof rice you kept in the fridge that time.

Let’s be honest. How many of us have imagined sending a message like the one above before heading to your favourite suya spot for a treat yourself episode? When you’re leaving one job for (hopefully) better opportunities, you may want to use the opportunity to air grievances. This may provide temporary relief but you can’t burn bridges.

Resignation letters go on file and you won’t want to come back for a reference only to be confronted with an unprofessional resignation letter.

Here is a step-by-step guide to writing a letter of resignation.

The opening

Even before sitting down to write your letter of resignation, you will need to sit down with your boss for a one-on-one session informing them of your resignation. Now, you’re ready to write your letter.

The opening of your resignation letter should be friendly but formal. It’s a fine balance to maintain but it can be done. The most important thing is to remain professional at all times. Your letter’s salutation will depend on your relationship with your boss and the level of formality in your place of work. If you’ve been calling your boss Kemi all along, there is no point in writing “Dear Ms. Ade”.  Ditto if it’s the other way round.

Motherland Mogul Tip: Don’t forget to add the date. It should be aligned left, above your boss’s name and work address.

The body

Don’t beat around the bush and don’t sugar coat anything. You should state your intention to resign clearly. This way your boss doesn’t think you’re open to being convinced to stay. It’ll be quite uncomfortable having your soon-to-be former boss throwing in a higher salary to an attempt to halt your resignation.

Crystal clarity also shows that you are confident in your decision. A simple, “Please accept this notice of my resignation from my position…” will work great. Some advice stating your reasons for leaving but this is a must-do. Give as much details as you’re comfortable with.

Motherland Mogul Tip: Don’t forget to state your last date of work. Give your employer as much time as stated in your contract. For most, it’s a month’s notice.

The conclusion

As you’re being nice and professional, you should offer with helping any transition. This will usually involve training whoever will be replacing your soon-to-be vacant position.  Be careful not to promise what you can’t deliver.  Round things up neatly, based on how much information you included above. You may want to add in more details about your departure if you’re really close to your boss. Sign out with “warmly” or “king regards” or even “sincerely”.

Motherland Mogul Tip: Don’t forget to thank your employer for the opportunity.

Finally read through your letter, over and over. You’re looking for grammatical errors and typos. There should be no trace of hostility, remember you’re not burning bridges.

Have you written a letter of resignation recently? Did you make any blunders? Let us know your experience by leaving a comment below.

Odunayo Eweniyi: I kept going on interviews but was never hired

Push CV

Odunayo Eweniyi’s story is one that is probably familiar to most young graduates. Leave school excited for the real world. Apply for several roles and go out on interviews. Wait to hear back from the interviewers. Keep waiting. Keep waiting. Keep waiting. Give up hope and become a permanent indentation on your mother’s couch. Instead of just wasting away until a job found her, she went out and created her own job by forming PushCV.

The Chapter Lead for the Nigerian chapter of Women in Tech Africa, wanted to create a platform where qualified candidates could get connected directly to job opportunities and cut through the delays. Odunayo shares with us where she thinks most young Nigerians struggle with getting a job, how she’s differentiating her company and what she believes is the most important element of a CV.


Why did you start PushCV?

We started PushCV right out of university. When I graduated I went on a couple of interviews and I never even heard back, despite being told that I passed the interviews. It went on like that for a bit, plenty of CV submissions and no call backs. So PushCV was borne of a personal need. I wanted to be more involved in how employment is done.

We started PushCV because we thought that employment and recruitment could be done better. Every other service was going digital, so why couldn’t recruitment move with the times? Hence we launched PushCV for people – both employers and job seekers – to fully harness the power of technology in the search for the perfect candidate or the perfect job.

In what areas do you think most young Nigerians struggle when it comes to finding a job?

I have heard employers complain that great candidates don’t exist and I have heard job seekers talk about the lack of jobs. While there’s a degree of truth in these claims, the problem is more of a divide between the employers and job seekers.

The struggle is essentially in two places. Employers struggle to find the best suited candidates for their vacancy, and the truth is that sometimes, those candidates do not exist. As a result job seekers struggle to mold themselves into the cast of the perfect candidate. But really the biggest problem is employability. Most of the graduates in the country currently lack the technical or soft skills that would satisfy prospective employers.

That is why PushCV is committed to bridging that divide. We created the Elite Employee Quest for this purpose – to isolate the already built up candidates and put them in front of employers; and to work with and on the jobseekers that are lacking in some respect, and make them better. We aim to make every candidate into the perfect candidate by building all aspects of them – soft skills, innate employability, interpersonal skills etc. We do not send candidates who have not met our rigorous standards for interviews.

How do you ensure Push CV stands out against all of the other job search platforms on the market?

We never stop innovating because we listen to our customers. We believe that we can only move forward when we are fulfilling a pain, not just a need. We have a robust feedback system that we use to track customer preferences of employers and job seekers. What do they want? How can we make it better? Those are the questions that we answer and use those answers to develop a constantly evolving product.

What can we expect to see from Push CV over the next 6 months?

Over the next 6 months, I think that you can expect to see us gaining an even stronger foothold in the market. The next 6 months will see us pushing the boundaries and bringing better alternatives into the very traditional world of recruitment.

Unemployment is one of the biggest problems that Nigeria is facing. As someone who is committed to education and labor and I feel privileged to run a startup that wants to solve this problem. I think that the one thing I can promise is that we will do our absolute best to bring unemployment to the barest minimum. We often employ unconventional methods, so people can expect more outside the box thinking from PushCV over the next few months,

What is the most important element to a CV?

Here, I should tell you that it’s your “Work Experience” or your “Education”. But really it’s just the top third of your first page. The average resume gets about six seconds of review time before it’s either retained or pitched.

So, you need to make a compelling argument for yourself in those six seconds. If the top of your resume works hard and quickly makes your case, you will be retained for review consideration.

Webinar with Janet Asante: Building Your Career Brand (Apr 7)

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“Go build a brand” is good advice if you want to be an entertainer, musician or tv personality but if you just want to have a standard corporate career does it still apply? It absolutely does! Nowadays everyone is a free agent and you can’t rely on your main job to provide you with all of the professional development and career growth opportunities you need.

Join us on Thursday April 8 for a webinar with human resources executive Janet Asante focused on building your career brand and making sure that your public persona matches your career aspirations and goals.

Topics that we’ll cover: 

  • What are the fundamentals of a career brand?
  • Should you have a personal website or is LinkedIn enough?
  • How can you start to become an expert in a new area?
  • What are some strategies you can use to get speaking engagements and interviews in your area of expertise?

Webinar Details:

  • Date: Thursday April 7, 2016
  • Time: 12:00pm EST // 5:00pm WAT // 7:00pm EAT

About Janet Asante:

Janet Asante is a human resources executive with 18 years of proven leadership experience and a successful track record serving as trusted advisor to executive leadership team members including CEOs, Board of Directors, General Counsels and Executives. She has comprehensive HR leadership experience in private, non-profit, government contracting, and information technology industries.

She is also the co-founder of Guiding the Journey, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of African youth in America and Africa. Over the years they have helped over 200 high school students with the college preparation process and adults with career advice.

Janet was born in Ghana and immigrated to the US when she was 8 years old. She is passionate about all things Africa and helping people bring their best selves to work.

Interview Prep Sheet

Your resume was on point. Your cover letter showed them how passionate you are for the job. You passed the screening call. Now all you have to do is ace the interview to get that dream job right?

The interview is where so many people stumble and lose out on the job of their dreams. Those of us who are good public speakers think we can just run up in there and say whatever comes to our minds. Those of us who are a bit more reserved have a hard time coming up with the right answers to questions even though we know what to say.

So how can you avoid missing out on a great opportunity due to silly interview mistakes? PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!

Yep, we’re talking about practice. Not the actual interview, but practice. The best way to succeed in an interview is to do the work beforehand so you know your story top to bottom and can effectively communicate that to the hiring manager. We don’t want to see you answering questions like this:

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Girl bye. Like good bye and don’t come back again until you get your life.

Since you’re a smart woman and those smarts brought you to this page we know you’re ready to get started on some serious interview prep. The SLA Interview Prep Sheet will give you a checklist of top questions to think about in advance of your next interview and the space to work on what your top answers should be.


So how do you download this prep sheet? Easy –  just fill out the form below to join our community and get access to this guide and AWESOME weekly content.  

 

Why 20 somethings ought to experiment

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If you’re in your twenties, you’ve been deemed a “millennial”, and likely to be underemployed, over-educated, entitled, not-so-recent college grad possibly living (or soon to be) with your parents.

Whether or not you subscribe to the mainstream definition of a “millennial”, the one defining attribute virtually all twenty-somethings have is that we’re constantly seeking to transform the world around us because we’ve been thrust into an unpredictable, and sometimes unforgiving, economic environment.

From a cultural perspective, millennials crave spontaneity and thrive off adventure. We love to connect and are incredibly collaborative. We seek authenticity in all forms, aiming for a world more compassionate, innovative, and sustainable. As such, we invest deeply in our personal and intellectual development.

Any college grad knows they’ll be scavenging for jobs and internships at one of the bleakest times in economic history. So, the question is how how do you navigate this treacherous, foreign landscape known as the job market.

Well, I’ve got the solution for you.

Recently, numerous developmental programs are popping up to bridge the gap between what millennials have to offer and what top companies desire from prospective new employees. Say hello to your new best friend, Experiential Learning. Experiential learning enables young millennials to acquire marketable knowledge from direct, hands-on experiences outside of the typical academic structure.

It can manifest itself in many ways: internships, mentorships, service learning, scholarly research, job shadowing, international excursions, and other creative, professional work experiences. A well-established, supportive experiential learning program can enrich academic inquiry through promoting career discovery, sociocultural awareness, interdisciplinary learning, leadership, and other professional skills. HINT: these skills are currently hot commodities in the job hunt and can get you that much closer to that dream job.

A few tips on how to optimize these experimental programs:

Tip #1 To know yourself is to know all else

It’s imperative to possess a level of introspection with every cause or initiative you tackle. Be thoughtful, be passionate when reflecting on personal or professional experiences that have shaped your  life. Translate these experiences into key reasons why you’re committing to a developmental experience program.

Introspection isn’t just about positive reinforcement, so don’t go easy on yourself. You also need to be your best and worst critic. Truly know yourself!  Know where you stand in life currently, know where you want to be in the future, and know what it will take to make it happen. Do not be a dreamer but a doer. Once you’ve got a handle on who you are as an individual, you’ll simultaneously realize what your life’s mission is.

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Tip #2 – Stay Classy. Stay Polished. Stay on top (of the resume pile)

Now that you “know yourself”,  put it all on paper. Here’s a quick note on drafting applications for experimental programs or direct jobs/internships because no one likes a bland application. Even a standard, lukewarm application will get you axed from further consideration. Remember, hiring committees are looking to select a group of talented, qualified individuals. So, your application should stand out in a loud crowd.

Most top companies boast offer rates between 1-15% these days. Yep, it really is that hard! Hiring committees initially try to “clear the applicant pool”, meaning they try to find quick easy ways to reject applicants. Avoid being thrown into the reject pile by following standard application instructions for these positions. It may seem simple, but things like numerous grammatical errors, lack of company knowledge, or lack of drive and interest are magnified in an application. Don’t be “that” person.

A good resume will highlight brief education, work experience, leadership, and any skills or interests if you have them. Normally, it won’t go over one-page. A great resume won’t just have all these elements, but will also quantify them. How do you quantify? You speak to your accomplishments and challenges by providing measurable results. So, quantify, quantify, quantify!

Tip #3 – Don’t do all the talking. Have others do it for you!

The best evidence of your work ethic and character won’t come from you. Let’s face it, if it did, we’d all give ourselves amazing recommendations. What will be most compelling will be the commentary coming from those who know you on a personal and professional level. Do you have advisors, former supervisors, professors, or connected friends? If not, you probably want to get on that ASAP!

These people will account for a significant amount of the knowledge and guidance you gain along your career journey. Additionally, experiential learning programs, jobs, internships, and graduate schools will require that you have two to three reference from these types of individuals. Having a tight circle of knowledgeable mentor figures can further your own narrative in your application.

Armed with these tips, it is important to note that there are organizations and institutions there to help you along the way. These accelerators’ mission is to help you lift off; use them.

These 16 programs are helpful for everyone, especially for racial and social economically diverse students.

Pre-MBA programs

1. Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management Program

http://www.hbs.edu/svmp/Pages/default.aspx

2. Yale School of Management, Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program

http://som.yale.edu/programs/global-pre-mba

3. Dartmouth Tuck Business Bridge Program

http://bridge.tuck.dartmouth.edu/

4. Stanford Graduate School of Business, Summer Institute of General Management

https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/summer-institute-general-management

Career development – Business

5. KORU

www.joinkoru.com

6. Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

www.ml4t.org

7. Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), Internship Placement in Finance industry

http://www.seocareer.org/

Career Development – Media and Entertainment

8. Howard Foundation

www.t-howard.org

9. Emma Bowen Foundation

www.emmabowenfoundation.com

Career development – Technology

10. Code.org

https://code.org/

11. CODE 2040

http://www.code2040.org/

12. Black Girls Can Code

http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

Career development – Government and Public Service

13. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

http://www.cbcfinc.org/

14. The Charles B. Rangel International affairs Program

http://www.rangelprogram.org/?contentid=0

15. Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA),

http://www.ppiaprogram.org/ppia/

16. She Leads Africa (SLA), SheHive and SLA Courses

https://www.sheleadsafrica.org

There you have it! Now, you’re officially prepared to take ownership of your own career, at least in your 20s.