7 Inspirational Quotes from Great Leaders

Let’s be honest, there are moments where we feel like we are stuck on a second gear or when it has not been our day, our month or even our year. And we just need that extra push, that insight to alter our thinking to see things, situations and opportunities from a different perspective. And sometimes one is not just good enough, so here are s e v e n brilliant quotes from great leaders.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; Nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude“–Thomas Jefferson

Often times the right opportunities are staring us in the face but our attitude is the main thing that keeps us from chasing the opportunities and leaves us wondering

„Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let their feelings stop them. “- T.Harv Eker

It is more than okay to be scared, and to be doubtful. You see, everyone experiences it but do the thing anyway. Do it d e s p i t e  the fear, and the discouragement.

„Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy. “– Dale Carneige

No one has ever excelled at something by just thinking about it. Achieving your goals is about patience, realising that it is okay to fail, then try again, and make it happen.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain

If you only have this one precious life, what do you want to do with it? What do you want to experience during this journey? What is the legacy you want to leave behind? What are the stories you want to tell?

“You didn’t grow up driving…you figured it out.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

It takes hard work to make your dreams and goals happen. Just because you are starting right now and the gap between your current state and the end goal is massive, does not mean you will not make it to the end. Take a deep breath, make the first steps happen, work hard and you will figure out the way to your goals.

“There is no royal road; you’ve got to work a good deal harder that most people want to work.”
– Charles Wilson

Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard enough. There is no room for excuses, excuses will only slow down your journey. Be patient and work.

“Someone told me growth and comfort do not coexists. And I think that’s a really good thing to remember.” –Ginny Rometty

When was the last time you took a step out of your comfort zone? Instead of wishing actually making things happen? Experienced personal growth, pushed your limits, stared fear right into the eyes?

How about doing something bit scary, something out of your comfort zone this summer? Taking a big step towards reaching your goals? How about spending time abroad, developing your skills, networking, and enjoying the best time while creating a killer CV?
Check out the opportunities that AIESEC has for you! aiesec.youth.org

What is Youth Speak and Go Abroad with AIESEC Without Exchange Fee


About a year and a half ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. During this time the initiative Youth4GlobalGoals become one of most powerful movements towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The reach has crossed more than 120 countries and territories around the world.

Youth 4 Global Goals campaign was created to mobilise young people to take action towards the SDGs. It has a set of initiatives aimed to make people aware about the Global Goals, understand them and take action. This campaign has three parts to it:

  • Youth Speak Survey: the survey got 162,292 answers until today, engaging people across more than 120 countries. The result is the voice of Millennials giving an opinion about what SDGs they would act upon, what kind of motives and fears they have.
  • Youth Speak Forum: an event realized around the world that brings together young and senior leaders to form a space for inspiring conversations and creation of actionable ideas around global issues. In various countries governments and UN agencies have supported the event.
  • Youth Speak Projects: considering the insights got in the Survey, AIESEC is running the social projects around SDGs and Millennials needs. This is how a young person gets an opportunity to directly contribute to an issue he or she relates the most to, while developing the leadership potential.

Organizations like Asian Development Bank, PVBLIC Foundation and UN Habitat were the founding partners of the campaign and many more are joining the movement now.

Ours is the first generation with the potential to end poverty (SDG number 1) – and the last to avoid worst effects of climate change.

Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

Fill in the survey and enter the youth speak contest, out of those who fill in the survey and post the snapshot of the thank you page  to AIESEC in Estonia Facebook page under the blogpost post as a  comment with the hashtags #AIESEinEstonia #Y4GG,  2 people will be selected for free exchange program by AIESEC in ESTONIA.

Survey: yss.questionpro.com

To learn more about the Youth4GlobalGoals campaign, visit youth4globalgoals.org

3 Steps to Kick-Start Your International Career

Laura Liisa is 22 years old  foxy read head with a bubbling personality and with a go-getter attitude. As we wait for our breakfast to be served she turns to me with a big smile and asks :“ So, should we start now?“

So, Laura Liisa, spill the beans, how does a young person kick- start their International career?

I think there are 3 really easy steps for that

Firstly, take interest in the global world.

You have to take an interest in the global world and think bigger and further than just the reality of your home country and constantly develop that type of a mind-set.

One might ask how to develop that interest or why one should even be interested in global issues. I think that the whole world is moving towards being united and connected. Take for examples the EU, we do not have these kind of boundaries that we used to have in the region decades ago. It is smart to think through even before you start your career how are you going to fit into that society and working culture we are moving towards to.

Secondly, join and international organization.

I joined an international organization in the beginning of my university because I realized this is the best option where to get that international experience from early on.

Joining an international organization puts you into a position where you are facing different cultures and where you have an opportunity to learn from someone and build that foundation of cultural understanding. For example I am currently working in a company with 6 Latvians and 1 Brit (and then there’s the one Estonian, me).’ In order to be efficient in an international company you need to be able to communicate well with other nationalities. I think one of the reason why I was hired to work at that company is that I don’t mind stepping out of my comport zone, and it is relatively easy for me to connect with different people. And this is a skill set that I possess right now because I was part of an international organisation.

If you are actively participating and doing different things in an international organization, you are actually developing yourself because an organization is a legal body as any other company with the exception that people are more personally motivated to do things. They are motivated by self-development, and they joy of giving versus just being motivated by money. In an organization you see the structure, you understand your role and see how your contribution affects the overall results. And this is the same when working in a small or medium sized company.

Thirdly, apply for that job.

I consider this to be the trickiest part. Maybe others experience this differently but it took me 2 years to gain that courage to apply. When I started to think about applying it took me another 2 months to actually send out those applications. By that time I had been a board member in AIESEC, I had taken care of the over-all finance and lead teams, which is one of the biggest challenges. And the responsibility that came with these positions was huge. Another good thing about AIESEC is that it is okay to try and fail, which is not always the mind-set in companies. And my AIESEC experience gave me the necessary confidence and skill set to apply.

Are you interested in an international career? Check out the opportunities AIESEC has for you! youth.aiesec.org

From Civil Engineering to IT Start-Up

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Kaspar, I’m 25 years old. I started my career as a civil engineer while also studying it in Tallinn University of Technology. My first three years were intense and interesting but over the years I started getting more into IT. Learning it on my own while also moving away from constructional engineering into more IT related jobs I quickly realized that I also have to change my studies. It all culminated in switching my major to Informatics. Today I help to run an IT and Innovation Management company called Rubik’s Solutions as a Software Architect. 

How has your AIESEC experience contributed to your current career?

Before I joined AIESEC my goal was to finish college and start working as an engineer. During my AIESEC career I understood what it means to be entrepreneurial and also taught me how to be a better team player. Being entrepreneurial doesn’t specifically mean to start a company. For me it means to work on something that creates value for other people instead of just doing your job. This value can be converted into business or used to create social benefits. For me AIESEC also helped to form a large network of people and meet my future business partners and clients.

So what is Rubik’s Solutions all about?

Rubik’s Solutions is a Digital Innovation Agency creating value from emerging technologies. It was founded in 2013 as an app development company which in 2015 did a pivot to focus on project and innovation management.

In Rubik’s we are focused on helping companies facilitate innovation by running internal projects or spin-offs. This can culminate in a more innovative product, a new business model or both. My main responsibility in Rubik’s is to run technical teams and work on software and cloud architecture solutions. We have been involved in multiple different industries. We focus on projects that we can help to create the most value out of.

When it comes to hiring, what are start-ups in general, and more specifically, your start up looking for in prospective employees?

With start-ups it really depends on the nature of the company, the position and at what stage the person is joining. Founding partners or the very first employees are expected to help run the company as a whole and not focus only on the job description. This  of course is the most unstable time to join a company and thus your belief in the future of the endeavor plays an important role. Nobody wants to invest in a new person only to see him leave after half a year.

AIESEC is a great example where you see different types of people. Those who join and leave as soon as it gets difficult or those who are willing to go the extra mile to bring results. Results take time and if you have the patience, belief, and willpower to support the journey of any company, I don’t see a reason why you wouldn’t be the next founder or an integral part of a successful start-up team.

With Rubik’s and the spin-offs we build, we look at the character of a person, self-motivation, and a team player. I guess people who have been in AIESEC for more than a year or two prove to have these qualities. From the technical side education is important but you cannot beat the willingness and ability to learn.

In your opinion, what are Estonian start-ups lacking today ?

Moving fast. Compared to the pace of the scene abroad we are somehow still stuck in a fear of discovering that we are wrong. Trying to prove yourself wrong should be the first thing you do with an idea. Your focus should be to understand whether your ingenious new idea will work as a business or not. I feel that a lot of people get attached to their ideas, even if it is obvious that there is no real business value behind it. Start-ups are companies like any other and when starting up you will not survive long without investments. Financing will only come if you are able to prove that your business idea has the potential to convert investment into future revenue. Moving fast means to feedback your product or service on the market quickly. That is the place you get the real feedback, don’t expect it from your friends.

I feel that in the Estonian start-up scene the mutual support between founders of different companies is relatively low. It’s a very Estonian thing where people seem to see each other as competitors rather than collaborators. Building a start-up is hard and the only support you get is from your team, if you are lucky enough to have it. Fortunately, I see that changing especially in the new collaborative working spaces like Spring Hub where the community is selected to form  supportive environment. I hope to see these environments to grow even further and through that have a bigger  impact on all stakeholders involved.

Why should a young person take interest in start-ups?

If you are looking for a sexy work culture, becoming rich fast (or at all),  you shouldn’t not take interest in start-ups. If you are an engineer focused on learning from the best and becoming a talented specialist you are better off joining a company that has proven its business model and survived. For me  “taking interest in start-ups” means to start something from ground zero.

Start-up is  about not following someone else’s footsteps. There is nothing more unfulfilling than following instructions of someone else and never really discover what it is to realize your dreams yourself.

6 Questions For Start-Up Shipitwise Marketing manager

Viktorija describes herself as 20 something years old rebel who moved to Estonia from Lithuania.  After couple of years in university she decided to leave and move to another country to see what will happen. So far she does not regret any of her decision.

We met up on an untypically warm and rainy February night in an upcoming hipster neighborhood in Tallinn. Had a cup of tea and a lively discussion about start-ups, start-up culture in Estonia and how Vik has made her way into all of this.

What do you do exactly?
I study in Estonian Business School and as well I work in Shipitwise as a marketing manager. I am a growth hacker. The start-up is very new and fresh and is in a developing stage. My goal is to make the start-up grow.

So, I must ask, why start-up?
After finishing my AIESEC experience, everything was circulation around start-ups and everything seemed very sexy about it and I did not see myself getting into a corporate world. Start-ups are very flexible, they have a different work flow then traditional companies, start-ups are very global, and as a non-Estonian speaker that environment suited me very well.
I recommend being part of a start-up because of an idea and mission, because it is different, because it is interesting, and there is a lot of room for personal growth. Start up is an experiment, and I would recommend it for a young person likes a bit of chaos. You learn everyday something new, you become stress resistant, and you become faster learner. I find people to be bit different in start-ups: They are more open minded and it seems to me that Estonian start-ups in general are more culturally diverse, more tolerant, more collaborative then other companies, which makes it very unique place where to work. I feel like if I were to sit in my office just for the whole day, I would learn a lot just by being there. So it is a place full of energy, ideas and learning and sometimes it seems like the room is about to explode because the room cannot contain all of it. But start-up is also about actions. You have the confidence to do it because you have people around who will guide you, mentor you, give advice, and you get the sense that you are not doing it on your own.

Well, is your typical work day sexy then?
Yes, it is actually. I would not say that I wake up and feel sexy, it is not about that.But every day it feels like I am doing something that is actually needed and it feels like I am learning at the same time. At the end of day I feel like I gave something that I have and took from it as well. Everyday ends with a win-win situation. It is a very sexy job.

 How has your time in AIESEC contributed to your current career?
So when I joined AIESEC 3,5 years ago I started very randomly: I was a member, a project manager, I was part of Human Resources, then I found myself being on communications team, which turned out into marketing team and at that point I knew little about marketing or communications. But I decided to put effort into it, I was learning about the topic, I studied a lot. And I discovered that I really liked it. I was drawn to it because it is not stable. The world of marketing and communications is constantly changing, you need to learn all the time and know what is happening in the field. It is like computer software that needs to be constantly updated. When I moved to Estonia, I got a position in AIESEC National Board as a Vice president of Marketing and I thought that I was going to share my knowledge, experience, working on what I know but I learned a freaking a lot during that year.

When it comes to recruiting, what do you think start-ups need?
It is hard to say start-ups in general, every start-up has their own needs, own directions, but for what I personally see is that, especially young start-ups, they need to recruit a dynamic team because in the beginning it is all about the team, and if the team cannot work together, the start-up cannot move forward. I still don’t know what magic they do in Shipitwise, but the team is insanely great. Like really.

What might Estonian start-ups look like in the near future?
I believe in the next couple of years we will probably see more virtual reality on the market, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, because this is what has become sexy right now and will attract young people.

 

#3 AIESECer’s Leadership Story – Dajana

Dajana, member of incoming global volunteering team in local committee Tallinn University

I was born in Estonia. All my life I lived in Estonia. My parents were born in Estonia. I have Estonian nationality. But when people ask me what is my ethnicity, I can´t answer to this question. Why? My mum is half Russian and half German. My dad has Russian, Ukrainian and Finnish background. My native language is Russian but I have German surname with 2 grammar mistakes (what makes it actually Jewish). So who I am? I don’t even know it by myself. I am totally multinational child and I am proud of being an example of so many cultures mixture.

Why I told you this now? I just know that absolutely all people in the world are different. Everybody is unique somehow. Even if you are one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian there is no another person who is one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian having exactly same personality as you. I believe that everybody has own opinion, own dreams, own goals, own values, own culture etc. Somehow all these different people with different thoughts and ideas must live together on one planet. There is only one way to do it. We just don’t have another option as to accept each other, accept our differences.

I think that when you are able to do that you get from the world much more than before. This is the reason why I am a member of organisation AIESEC. AIESEC is full of different students from different cultures. What we would talk about with each other if we were all same? There is always something to research with AIESECers. Every day I get to know something new about my friends in AIESEC. I feel I am really open-minded and ready to communicate with any person. I am not scared of differences in people. It is even opposite with me. I love them. I know I am full of empathy and I want to share it with the whole world because I am against racism and any discrimination. I just wish everybody feels safe in our society. I know that I can´t change the world alone, only all together we can do it.  Multiculturalism units AIESECers and it makes us strong. We are all different but we are one big family.

Now you have the chance to be part of AIESEC and develop yourself as well.

Link to join us:www.aiesec.ee/join-aiesec/

Start up your career with Global Entrepreneur!

Are you stuck in the eternal limbo of not being hired by employers because you have no previous work experience, thus making it impossibe for you to gain said experience in the first place? Don’t fret, AIESEC in Estonia has a solution for you and that solution is our Global Entrepreneur programme!

 

The Global Entrepreneur programme is a great way to kickstart your career. The programme offers a short-term unpaid professional internship in a notable start-up company.

 

The projects’ duration is 6-8 weeks and you have over a hundred destination countries to choose from. Accommodation will be provided for you free of charge; the only things you’ll have to pay for are the EUR 150 programme fee and the transportation to your destination and back.

 

The best part about AIESEC’s Global Entrepreneur programme is that it requires little to no previous experience in the field as long as you have the dedication and passion that start-up companies look for in their employees. The only requirements AIESEC has for an intern are that they be in the age range of 18-30 years old and that they speak English (B1, B2 should suffice). Please note that some start-ups might have additional requirements.

 

The selection process itself is very straight-forward and simple – when you see an opportunity you like, apply for it via www.opportunities.aiesec.org. After the application is submitted, you will be contacted shortly and an interview will be conducted with both the AIESEC entity facilitating the offer and the company’s representative. Then all you have to do is wait to get selected and bada-bing, bada-boom – you have an international internship opportunity in your back pocket!

 

You can sign up and browse all of our opportunities at www.opportunities.aiesec.org. See you there!

 

To continue with the theme of start-ups, AIESEC in Estonia has some exciting news for entreprenurial enthusiasts who just so hapen to be free on March 10. We will once again be facilitating LEAP, a one-day event full of different sessions for the businessman/woman/person in you!

 

What is LEAP, you may ask? Well, LEAP is an initiative powered by AIESEC in Estonia with a purpose to boost the entrepreneurial spirit of Estonian youth through interactive learning spaces with businesses and start-ups.

 

LEAP 2017 will have discussion spaces from start-ups like Taxify, Shipitwise, Testlio and more, as well as workshops provided by Timbiter, Shipitwise, Greenhouse CI and many more. A great added value that LEAP has in addition to having informative workshops and lectures is the networking aspect. If you want to work in any of the companies present at the event, approach the representative of the company and schmooze them into oblivion.

 

The venue for LEAP 2017 is MEKTORY, Raja 15, Tallinn. The ticket will cost you no more, no less than 4 euros. The tickets are limited, so get yours now at: http://bit.ly/JoinLEAP2017

In conclusion, there is still hope for you even if you don’t have experience in your chosen field yet. Just grab the bull by the horns, carpe that diem and let AIESEC help you kickstart your career!

Volunteering experience in Bulgaria

Keily  – Bulgaria

Duration of project: 6 weeks

Type of exchange: camp counsellor in a summer camp oriented for international high-school students

I had always known I wanted to be involved in a long-term voluntary work someday in my life. Little did I know that the opportunity would present itself so suddenly and would have such a huge impact on my life. My decision to apply for the projects came pretty much on the last minute because I had lots of hesitations, whether it is worth stepping out of my comfort zone and will I actually go through with this. Thinking back now, I can’t even imagine standing between the two options and second-guessing – my volunteering experience was literally the best time of my life.

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My voluntary project took place in Bulgaria, in a little city called Blagoevgrad and specifically in The American University of Bulgaria.

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My job there was to be the camp counsellor in a summer camp oriented for international high-school students, a bit more than 150 of them. My project lasted for 6 weeks but since I arrived a bit earlier and left a week later, then I spent around two months abroad. There was a total number of around 20 camp counsellors and teachers volunteering for the project from various places around the world – Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Spain, Macedonia, Canada, America, Kosovo, Albania, Hong Kong etc. 7 of us came through AIESEC. I was the first ever Estonian to have stepped my foot into the camp.

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We, AIESEC volunteers flew in a week earlier to prepare for the camp. The camp itself lasted for three weeks. Among many various duties, my job as a camp counsellor was to be in charge of different afternoon and evening activities, staying up late during the nights to do rounds around the campus with other volunteers and provide a safe environment for the campers. The camp time was a really busy, runaround kind of crazy experience since there was not enough sleep but tons of positive emotions and happy moments triggered by both the campers and the volunteers.

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During the last week of the project we helped out with the international mathematics competition which had more than 300 participants.

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What I loved about the entire project was that I had the possibility to be engaged in various activities and responsibilities. I was able to develop my communication and leadership skills and I definitely learned to be more independent. What I cherish and love above all, is definitely my irreplaceable family of volunteers! I cannot begin to describe the way they opened my eyes about other cultures, countries and even my own home country.

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I will never forget the adventures, the laughs, the tears (both the ones through laughter and the ones through sadness), the frustrations and even the daily potatoes and chicken we shared! I love those people to death and I can’t wait to see them again one day. I am glad and lucky beyond measure to have a bunch of beautiful people around the world to call my family!

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I will never forget the two incredible months of my life and I recommend everyone to try volunteering through AIESEC. You have nothing to lose, only bunch to gain.

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PS! Some of the photos used for this blog post were taken by the talented Alvaro, one of the volunteers.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Teet

Teet, 20
Tartu Ülikool, saksa keel ja kirjandus
AIESEC Tartus, väljaminevad projektid

Teet

  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    Arvan, et „Gone with the wind“ kirjeldab mind hästi. Olen teatud mõttes selline vaba ja vahest väga udu hing.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada?
    Olen suhteliselt kindel, et tahtsin kas presidendiks või kuningaks saada. Olin noorelt juba ambitsioonikas ning võimujanuline.
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil?
    Fancy ametikoha nimetus on küll tore ja hea, aga peab arvestama, et sellega kaasneb ka suurem vastutus. Ei tasu kandideerida kõrgemale kohale kui ei olda valmis selle jaoks ka rohkem tööd tegema.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim?
    Mu parim isikuomadus on arvatavasti mu rõõmsameelne olek. Proovin kõike positiivse valguse all näha. Samuti olen avameelne suhtleja, kellele meeldib inimestega tegeleda.
    Halb minu juures võib olla vähene usk enda ideedesse. Kahtlen pidevalt oma oskustes ja mõtetes, mis takistavad mul oma täitpotentsiaali täitmist.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval?
    Ma toetaks taastuvate energiaallikate kasutamist ning rohelise tehnoloogia arendamist. Inimeste vaheline läbisaamine on ka oluline, aga kui me keerame oma planeedi pekki, siis pole ka enam inimesi, kelle õiguste eest seista.

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  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht?
    Filmi monteerija või režissöör. Olen pikemat aega juba videode tegemise ja töötlmisega tegelenud. Filmindus pakub võimaluse avaldada visuaalselt peas toimuvaid mõtteid, mis on minu arust ülilahe. Tegelikult kõik ametikohad, mis nõuavad mingisigust kunsti/disaini oskust, sobivad mulle.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks?
    Ülipraktiline oleks võime elada uneta. Nagu boom! Kohe 7-12 tundi päevas rohkem, et tegeleda oma tööasjadega. Aga ennast tundes jääksin siiski vist ajahätta.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures?
    Üldiselt märkan inimeste puhul esimesena nende peakuju – kas on ümar, ovaalne või pannkook.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari?
    Mul on 6 hambaharja. 2 rohelist kodus, 1 hall Tartus, 1 sinine Tallinnas ja 2 punast kotis.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha?
    Ma uuriks välja, mis on tema põhjendused, miks ta ei taha. Siis arutaksin temaga, kas see võiks talle kuidagi kasuks tulla ja tuua välja eelised ning miinused.

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Teet, 22

University of Tartu, German language and literature
AIESEC in Tartu, outgoing exchange

  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    I would say „Gone with the wind“ because I am a very freespirited but sometimes also really forgetfull.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    I am pretty sure that I wanted to become a king or president. You could say that I had big ambitions (and a lust for power)
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    A fancy job title is great, but you have to be ready to work for it. I wouldn’t recommen becoming a leader if you are not willing to take on the responibilities.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    My best if my positivity. I have a pretty great outlook on life. Also I am really open and make friends really quickly.

    My worst quality is that I doubt myself too often. I don’t belive in my ideas, skills. It does not allow me to use 100% of my potential.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would develope green energy more, and give it more financial support. Solving problems between humans is also really important, but if we destroy our planet, then everybody will be screwed.
  6. What is your dream job?
    Working as a film director or a editor in post production. I have been doing some videos as a hobby. Basically ever job that is linked to art or disain suits me.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    It would be so practical if I wouldn’t need to sleep. I mean boom 7-12 extra hours per day to do stuff. But knowing me I will still run out of time.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    In general the first thing I notice about people is their head shape (is it oval, round or a potato).
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    Well I have 2 green ones at home, one grey in Tartu, one blue in Tallinn and 2 red ones in my backbag.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    I would try to find the reason why he/she does not want to do it. Then I would try to have a conversation and  bring out the pros and cons.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Ina

Ina, 22
Tartu Ülikool, majandus
AIESEC Tartus, personalijuht

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  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    Kuna suur osa elust on veel ees, siis ei tahaks ennustada. Seni aga “Finding Nemo”, kus tõlgendan Nemo’t kui mingit eesmärki, mis on ajas muutuv. Kusjuures otsing ise on mõnes mõttes põnevam, kui ta leidmine.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada?
    Balletitantsijaks, sest mulle lihtsalt meeldis mööda tuba ringi lennelda!
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil?
    Õpi oma meeskonnaliikmeid tundma. Tea, mis on nende tugevused ja nõrkused, mis neile teha meeldib ja mida nad elult tahavad. Kui sa tunneid neid hästi, saad toetada nende arengut ja kasutada parimal viisil ära nende tugevusi.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim?
    Parim: Püüdlikkus selles mõttes, et ma tahan areneda ja saada paremaks endaks. Usun, et selleks tuleb oma mugavustsoonist välja astuda, proovida uusi asju ja teha vigu, et nendest õppida ja ennast taasavastada.
    Halvim: Ma muretsen liiga palju vähetähtsate asjade üle.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval?
    Ma jagaksin kõigile piiramatus koguses empaatiat. Et oleks vähem vastandumist ja rohkem teineteise mõistmist, vähem ükskõiksust ja rohkem hoolivust.ina
  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht?
    Tahaksin ka tulevikus töötada organisatsioonis, mille missiooniks on muuta maailma paremaks. Usun, et iga inimene saab maailma muuta, kuid koos inimestega, kellel on sarnased eesmärgid, tekib sünergia ja suudetakse rohkem. Tahan, et töö pakuks väljakutseid ning seltskond oleks inspireeriv ja toetav.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks?
    Teleporteerumine, kuna armastan reisida! Et saaksin oma vaba aega kasutada uute kohtade avastamiseks, teiste kultuuride ja inimeste tundma õppimiseks.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures?
    Vastassoost või mitte – inimeste puhul panen esialgu tähele aspekte, mis teevad ta eriliseks, individuaalseks.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari?
    Mis juhtub vannitoas, jäägu vannituppa.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha?
    Eeldusel, et see tegevus on inimesele kuidagi kasulik, uuriksin, mis on need põhjused, miks ta seda teha ei taha. Ma paneks teda neid põhjuseid ning võimalikke kasusid analüüsima eesmärgiga jõuda järelduseni, et sellest tegevusest on võimalik rohkem võita kui kaotada.12193891_1051644624891011_2114047026_o


Ina, 22

University of Tartu, economics
AIESEC in Tartu, talent management

  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    Since a big part of my life is still ahead, I’d prefer not to predict anything. But so far it’s like “Finding Nemo” where I interpret Nemo as a dynamic purpose whereas the journey itself can be considered more adventurous than actually finding it.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    A ballet dancer because I just loved to fly around the room!
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    Get to know your team members. Know their strengths and weaknesses, what they like to do and what they want out of life. By knowing them well, you can support their personal development and leverage their strengths.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    Best: Aspiration in a sense that I want to develop and become a better version of myself. To achieve this I believe that it’s necessary to get out of my comfort zone, try new things, make mistakes, learn from them and rediscover myself.
    Worst: I worry too much over trivial matters.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would give everyone a limitless supply of empathy in order to reduce polarisation, foster mutual understanding, reduce ignorance and increase kindness.
  6. What is your dream job?
    I would like to work in an organisation with a mission to make the world a better place. I believe that everyone can change the world, but collaborating with others who share mutual goals will generate synergy and therefore the outcome is greater. I would expect the work to be challenging and the colleagues to be inspiring and supportive.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    Teleportation because I love to travel! Then I could use my free time to discover new places,  get to know other cultures and people.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    Despite the gender, I firstly notice the aspects that make the person individual and special.
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    What happens in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    Assuming that it’s beneficial for the person I would find out what are the reasons for not wanting to do it.  I would make them analyse those reasons and possible benefits in order to reach the conclusion that there’s more to win than lose from the situation.

AIESEC Tartus juhatus 16/17 – Laura

Laura, 21
Tartu Ülikool, kommunikatsioon
AIESEC Tartus, ülikooli suhted ja finants

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  1. Mis filmi pealkiri sobiks kirjeldama sinu elu?
    „Into the Wild“ on tore sõnadekombinatsioon. Tunnen, et olen terve elu harjunud olema looduse lähedal ning suures linnas liiga kaua viibimine mõjub mu jaoks muserdavalt.
  2. Kelleks sa tahtsid väiksena saada? 
    Tantsijaks, kuid see polnud reaalne, sest ma pole kordagi elus tegelenud tantsimisega, kui välja arvata kooli kehalise tunnid, peod ja kodus peegli ees.
  3. Mida sa soovitaksid inimestele, kes on esimest korda juhipositsioonil? 
    Ära eelda mitte kunagi mitte midagi. Samas, ole selline juht nagu sina endale tahaksid – kuula, anna nõu, edasta infot aegsasti ja selgelt, ole kui sõber ja kiida. Kõik teevad vigu, seega ära karda neid ka ise teha ning andesta teistele nende vead.
  4. Mis on sinu parim isikuomadus? Aga halvim? 
    Pean enda parimaks isikuomaduseks seda, et olen kohusetundlik – teen asjad alati lõpuni ja annan parima. Halvimaks võib nimetada liigse introvertsuse, mis sageli võib olla takistuseks uute suhete loomisel.
  5. Kui sa saaksid valitseda maailma, siis mida sa muudaksid esimesel päeval? 
    Ma muudaksin inimeste suhtumist teistesse. Tahan, et kõik mõistaks, et inimesed on tegelikult suures osas täpselt samasugused, olenemata nende rahvusest, soost, nahavärvist, religioonist ja seksuaalsusest. Nii jääks palju halba tegemata.

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  6. Milline on sinu unistuste töökoht? 
    Ma ei tahaks enda unistuste töökohale silti külge panna. See võiks koosneda suhtekorraldusest, turundusest ja ürituste korraldamisest, aga samal ajal on AIESECis tegutsemine tekitanud tahtmise teha kõike seda ka mingil heal eesmärgil. Näiteks on minu jaoks väga oluline vastutustundlik tarbimine ja tootmine – äkki midagi sellest valdkonnast.
  7. Kui sa saaksid valida endale ühe supervõime, siis mis see oleks? 
    Kuna olin hetkeks väga mõttevaene, siis Google muidugi aitas ja tundub, et ingliskeelne omadus omnilingualism oleks midagi meeltmööda. See tähendab seda, et ma suudan õppida, rääkida ja mõista ükskõik, mis keelt automaatselt.
  8. Mis on esimene asi, mida sa vaatad/märkad vastassoo juures? 
    Tunnistan täiesti ausalt, ei ma ei suuda sellele küsimusele vastust anda. Küll aga meeldib mulle, kui inimesega tekib selline klapp, et jutt ei saa otsa või kui saabki, siis pole vaikus piinlik.
  9. Mis värvi on sinu hambahari? 
    Mul tegelikult on juhtunud nii, et mul on korraga kasutuses kolm hambaharja – must/roosa, must/roheline ja roheline/hall.
  10. Kuidas sa veenaksid kedagi tegema midagi sellist, mida ta teha ei taha? 
    Mida kiiremini sa selle ära teed, seda lihtsamaks muutub. Kaotada pole midagi. Kindlasti võib aga igast olukorrast leida midagi, millest õppida.

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    Laura, 21
    University of Tartu, communications
    AIESEC in Tartu, university relations and finance
  1. Which movie’s headline suits the best to describe your life?
    “Into the Wild” is a great combination of words. I feel that I have always been used to be surrounded by nature and staying in a big city for a long time makes me frustrated.
  2. Who did you want to become when you were little?
    A dancer, but this wasn’t a realistic because I have never danced, except for PE classes, parties and at home in front of a mirror.
  3. What would you recommend to a person who is a leader for the first time?
    Don’t expect anything from anyone. But at the same time, be a leader you want to have yourself – listen, give advice, share information on time and clearly, be a friend and praise. Everyone makes mistakes so don’t be afraid of them and forgive other’s mistakes as well.
  4. What is your best characteristic? What is the worst?
    I think that my best characteristic is conscientiousness – I always finish things and do my best. The worst one is that I am too much of an introvert and it makes difficult to establish new relationships.
  5. If you could rule the world, what would be the first thing you want to change?
    I would change people’s attitude towards others. I want that everyone would understand that people are actually the same, regardless of their nationality, gender, skin color, religion and sexuality. It would help to reduce harm.
  6. What is your dream job?
    I don’t want to label my dream job. It would consist of public relations, marketing and organizing events but at the same time, AIESEC has given me a feeling that I would like to do it because of some good cause. For example responsible consumption and production is really important for me – maybe something related to that.
  7. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?
    Since I had zero ideas I used Google from where I found a super power omnilingualism. It means that I could learn, speak and understand different languages instantly.
  8. What is the first thing you notice about the person from the opposite sex?
    I admit that I can’t find an answer to this question. But I like people with who I can talk about everything and when we don’t anything to talk about, the silence isn’t awkward.
  9. What color is your toothbrush?
    I actually have three toothbrushes – black/pink, black/green and green/gray.
  10. How would you convince someone to do something one doesn’t want to do?
    It would be easier when you do it as fast as you can. There is nothing to lose. You can always find something to learn from a situation.

The Race to Improving the World Beyond 2015

Did you know there are only 500 days left until the end of the Millennium Development Goals?

As 2015 is slowly approaching, the world is closely watching to witness the accomplishments of the 8 MDGs, set by the United Nations back in the year 2000.

So where are we now? How much did we achieve?

“The world has reduced extreme poverty by half, efforts in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis have shown results, access to an improved drinking water source became a reality for 2.3 billion people”, etc. says The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014.

Let’s take a closer look at the goals and progress reports from this video:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger – 700 million people have been lifted out of poverty, but 1 in 5 still live on less than 1.25 dollars per day in developing countries. And although the world has reduced extreme poverty in half, 842 million people around the world still suffer from chronic hunger.

2. Achieve universal primary education – The number of children with no access to primary school education decreased from 102 million in 2000 to 58 million in 2012. While the amount has significantly decreased, the number of out-of-school children is still alarming.

3. Reduce child mortalityUnder-5 mortality rate was reduced almost by 50%, but a lot more needs to be achieved if we want to achieve 2/3 reduction.

4. Improve maternal health – Maternal mortality ratio is down 45% since 1990. However, every day about 800 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

5. Ensure environmental sustainability – Since 2012, 2.3 billion more have access to improved drinking water, but 748 million still use water from an unimproved source.

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While we ought to celebrate our achievements and recognize the progress we’ve made, we shouldn’t forget how far the world is from where we want it to be. Working on these issues is not priority only now or only until 2015, but every day.

How can we contribute to this?

On August 19th 2014, 700 young people from 124 countries and territories gathered at the Global Youth to Business Forum, an event bringing together top young leaders and experts, business and thought leaders, with the aim of generating new, actionable ideas that will impact the world and its future.

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They spent the whole day discussing the topics ranging from Diversity and Inclusion, Technology and Innovation to Climate Change, Sustainability and Changing Education. Together, they have come up with action steps that could help improve each of those areas and move the world forward. Stay tuned for our report to find out about the solutions youth and business co-created together!

Don’t forget that we have only 500 days left until MDGs. At the same time, let’s not forget that impact is a daily responsibility. This is why AIESEC offers volunteer internships that help tackle social topics such as cultural understanding, education and literacy, social entrepreneurship, environment, health and lifestyle and many others. For more information, please visit: http://globalcitizen.aiesec.org

This is how we contribute to making an impact every day and helping move this world forward. Share with us:

How will you contribute to bringing the world closer to the vision of 2015? 

 

Entrepreneurship 101 with Intel

We live in times of a changing, knowledge-based economy. Leaving the industrial age behind, we entered the age of information. Nowadays, job markets require different set of skills; the so-called 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, team work and many more. The concepts of “intrapreneurship” and “entrepreneurship” have become highly appreciated. But even though the world has changed, education has not followed. There is a huge gap between the knowledge and skills formal education provides and the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s business world.

Intel wants to follow up on the change.

Michał Dżoga, Head of Corporate Affairs (CEE Region) says, “At Intel, we believe that everything we do should matter to society.” That is why at the Europe Youth to Business Forum, Intel ran a workshop with 100 young leaders about the importance of entrepreneurship, start-ups and innovation.

Hard data proves that the entrepreneurship culture in Europe is weaker than anywhere else. This could be associated with the difference in perception the USA and Europe have regarding the outlook on failure when starting your own company. In the USA, failure is accepted as part of the natural process of learning and growing. Most of what you learn as an entrepreneur is by trial and error. In Europe however, people tend to be too cautious in their desire not to fail, which prevents them from taking healthy risks necessary for the success of their company.

Michał Dżoga asked the delegates at the workshop a powerful question – How often do students start a company straight after college and succeed without previous experience?

It happens all the time!

When starting up, it is important to remember that you don’t have to have absolutely everything in the beginning, because that’s very hard to achieve. The idea is to start and constantly add to what you have. As Michał said “There are more interesting ideas than good companies on the market.“

Another tip to keep in mind about entrepreneurship is that idea is small part of the investment; implementation is everything. In a science project, an idea is worth a lot. But since globalisation influences start-ups, someone else may be doing your project already. That’s why it is important to start as early as possible, with good mentoring and guidance.

At Europe Y2B Forum, Michał Dżoga also revealed the secret of Intel’s success “We really believe in what we are doing. People who were there in the beginning are still with the company. What Intel is most proud of is Moore’s law, named after its co-founder Gordon Moore, which states that the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years. The company uses this as a guiding principle for growth and advancement. Intel has the legacy to foster innovation and leadership, which are embedded in the DNA of the company.“

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As part of this legacy, Intel is organising the Intel Business Challenge, an event which brings together the best engineers and scientists from around the world to present how they plan to make the world a better place through innovations and entrepreneurial skills! But the Intel Business Challenge is not only about the competition, but more about the platform that will help you fine tune your idea and gain mentorship and guidance from entrepreneurs all over the world.

Find out more at intelchallenge.eu. Apply, become an entrepreneur and make the world a better place!

Solving Youth Unemployment in Europe

“There are 26.2 million people unemployed in the EU today – an increase of more than 9 million people from 2008. This trend has significant economic, political and social consequences for Europe. The challenge for European leaders is to solve this puzzle and to help citizens find sustainable and long-term employment opportunities.”

(www.iiea.com – The Institute of International and European Affairs)

Sustainable and long-term employment opportunities do not include just generating new job posts, but also educating and preparing youth to be ready for responsibilities these job posts bring. Nowadays Millennials complain about the lack of open job posts, while businesses argue that Gen Y lack the needed skill sets.

Who is right and who is wrong?

Rather than taking one side, let us consider the fact that there is a gap in expectation setting from both sides: what young people want from their employers vs. companies’ expectations from their employees and the type of employee they would be more likely to hire. Imagine what would happen if we aligned supply and demand – the kind of the jobs young people are looking for and developing the set of characteristics young people need to perform in their dream jobs.

What is also often disputed when talking about youth unemployment is the mindset young people born as Gen Y share – they are ambitious but not humble; they expect excellent conditions from the get go; they are not prepared to start from scratch and work up the ranks, rather demanding everything right now. How can we make sure young people understand what is needed in order to land their dream job? How can we shift the current mindset?

As often happens, challenges arise from more than one source; it is the combination of everything mentioned above. On one hand, the education young people are acquiring is leaving them unprepared to deal with today’s job market reality. They lack practical knowledge, skills and strategic thinking, which are usually not acquired through formal education. And on the other hand, employers seek young people who are ready to dedicate themselves to work, learn and advance but who nevertheless have some previous experience or at least certain set of characteristics and skills. Do we as young people know what these characteristics are? And are we developing them?

On April 7th in Warsaw, Poland, Europe Youth to Business Forum will gather all stakeholders important in solving the issue of youth unemployment – young people, educators, government and business. They will have the opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on how collaboration can lead to solving this challenge in the region.

Join us on livestream (bit.ly/EuropeY2BF) and contribute to flipping the switch on youth unemployment in Europe!

Social entrepreneurship – a modern solution for #firstworldproblems

“Every generation has the chance to shape the world. But the challenges faced today are more complex than ever before.” (Why we do what we do)

Generation Y lives in a time of 21st century leadership, which calls for forward, outside-the-box thinking; for innovation and creativity. Resources alone are not enough anymore, as Sharad Vivek Sagar said – “If money could have changed the world, money would have changed the world.” That is why social entrepreneurship plays a vital role today. Social entrepreneurship is “the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value” (Gregory Dees, The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship). With new, unconventional ideas and transformational solutions, they set out to tackle world’s burning problems that fall under domain of Millennium Development Goals and encompass fields such as poverty alleviation, education, health and environment. One of the popular and successful examples is non-profit organization Charity Water, founded by Scott Harrison, whose mission is to get clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

Science, technology and innovation dominate today’s life, creating a networked society and facilitating communication and exchange of ideas. In this global environment, STI have stimulated self-learning or autodidacticism and increased awareness about #firstworldproblems. This can be seen in the number of start ups, organizations, projects, forums etc. – which aim to tackle existing challenges. Since we live in an age of information, opportunities, and resources, what we need to do is connect innovation and entrepreneurial spirit with resources, to come up with an impactful solution.

Hilde Schwab, Chair and Co-Founder of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship says: “All citizens – especially the younger generation – need to feel empowered and incentivized to apply their talents and creativity to generate more inclusive, sustainable growth. Governments alone cannot solve social problems, nor can the private sector, despite their respective resources and capabilities. But we can all collaborate…”

We in AIESEC believe that social entrepreneurship and pursuing innovative solutions to social problems, can help generate new jobs, increase income and tackle political, social and population challenges. That is why on March 31st 2014 in Mexico City, Americas Youth to Business Forum will host youth leaders, international speakers, fellow leaders and business to discuss and come up with action plan on how social entrepreneurship can drive momentum and ensure the sustainable growth of the region.

Join us on our official Facebook channel www.facebook.com/GlobalY2B on March 31st and become a virtual delegate of Americas Y2B Forum!

Why do we need entrepreneurial leadership?

“Since its inception, IE Business School has embraced the entrepreneurial spirit as a core value, and is now an international reference in the field of entrepreneurship” (entrepreneurship.ie.edu). What AIESEC and IE Business School have in common is the commitment towards developing young leaders and entrepreneurs who are not afraid of change and challenging the status quo. And why entrepreneurial leadership?

1. Ownership, pro-activeness and taking responsibility

Entrepreneurship goes hand in hand with concepts such as ownership and leadership.
Ownership implies knowing who you are, taking responsibility and owning up to your own actions. Mr. Balvinder Singh Powar, an Associate Professor at IE Business School, believes in the power of self empowerment and pro-activeness in achieving your goals. He invites people to start from themselves and “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Gandhi)

Taking responsibility for your decisions and actions is hard enough, but taking responsibility for something more than yourself – for other people, a project, vision or a dream is a true challenge. “Pressure makes diamonds” and great leaders often emerge when success or failure depends on what they (don’t) do. Entrepreneurial leaders focus on putting their personal and professional experience, leadership skills and values to practice.

2. Team management and motivation

People are those who drive change and leaders are those who inspire people to take action. That is why it’s important for entrepreneurs and leaders to be people-oriented and possess communication, motivation and mediation skills. When the growth of each team member is your responsibility, knowing how to listen, support and show empathy makes a difference.

Also, recognizing people’s interests and abilities and being able to develop them, sometimes distinguishes a good leader from a great one. When you “listen” to people’s affinities and allow them to fully participate, they feel included; they step up wishing to meet the expectations and exceed them; they put in effort and make a statement. The project you are working on is no longer yours, his or hers.

It is shared achievement.

Team management and motivation are crucial for entrepreneurial leaders because the cornerstone of a successful enterprise is building strong and effective teams.

3. Innovation and change management

The answer to this is simple – “…to meet the challenges of each new age means discarding old, sometimes well-loved methods” (Kazuo Ishiguro). In order to keep up with the swift pace of changes in the world, we need forward, creative thinking and innovative ideas. The man would have never landed on the moon had he not taken risks and fostered innovative thinking. Investopedia.com says that “The entrepreneur is commonly seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.” Entrepreneurs don’t chase opportunities, they create them.

Since we have answered the question: Why entrepreneurial leadership, let us wonder for a moment – Why do we need entrepreneurial leaders?

Because the sky is no longer the limit. Boundaries are being pushed every day, breakthroughs are more common than ever and still, challenges emerge with each day. We need innovation and forward thinking, embodied in entrepreneurial leadership, in order to keep moving forward.

At Youth to Business Forum Top Leaders Edition Mr. Balvinder Singh Powar, an Associate Professor at IE Business School held a workshop Leadership Journeys: Be the Change, Dream Big – From Moon Landing To Commercial Space. Stay tuned for the output of the Forum!