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Many of us often have the qualities and knowledge , we even familiar with Canadian society and surely can contribute to the Canadian economy after 4 years of studies and graduated in Canada.

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The University of Iowa College of Education may soon offer a shorter, three-week program to education majors who would like to fulfill their student-teaching requirement abroad.

Margaret Crocco, the dean of the education school, said the standard study-abroad program offered to education majors is seven or eight weeks long — roughly half of the 15-week student-teaching period required. She has recently looked into creating a shorter program because the eight-week commitment is a long period of time and quite costly.

“We want to see if there is a way if we might create a shorter term of student teaching or observing in the classroom that would be available in May or June as little as three weeks,” Crocco said. “We think it is so important — we want to give people a taste of teaching and living overseas.”

Spending some time teaching abroad is beneficial for education majors, Crocco said. Sixty-five students in the college have studied abroad as part of their student-teaching requirement in the last five years.

“It’s not common that those numbers are small, because we place a couple hundred people in student teaching each year,” she said. “We’d like to see more people get involved.”

Mary Heath, a UI Office of Education Services official, said students who teach abroad pay a full semester’s tuition. The cost last year for in-state residents was $4,028, $12,139 for nonresidents.

Jennifer O’Hare, a recent graduate from the UI elementary-education program, volunteered at an elementary school in Costa Rica for a few weeks one summer but has never officially studied abroad through the university.

“I think that the more teaching experience that varies from one another, the better,” she said. “You will be more prepared when thrown into a new teaching position where the environment may not be familiar.”

Crocco said students generally focus on English-speaking countries, and the school has had students teach in Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia. However, small number of people have taught in countries with different native languages, including Spain and Switzerland.

“We’re placing people in local public schools, so they need to speak the public language,” she said.

Based on the feedback from both students and employers, Crocco said, when students put studying abroad on their résumé she feels it’s an enhancement to a job application.

“Students who go to another country and teach effectively must be independent, mature people,” she said.

A study-abroad expert at Michigan State University agreed with Crocco, noting experience matters when applying for a job.

“The words ‘study abroad’ on a résumé alone does not help a student get a job,” said Linda Gross, an associate director of career services at Michigan State. “What matters is the experience and the skills [they learned while abroad].”

Gross has worked with education majors who have studied abroad at Michigan State University through workshops where she teaches them how to “unpack” their study-abroad experience. A lot of students do not feel what they learned in another country is relevant in America schools, she said.

“One of my favorite questions to ask them is ‘how would you bring your study-abroad experience into the classroom [in America]?’ ” she said. “It’s not necessarily going to get them the job alone, it’s really how they talk about their entire preparation.”

source by AMY SKARNULIS, The Daily Iowan

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Going to a foreign land in pursuit of further study has enticed many with its offer of worldly experiences and opportunities. Three individuals speak about what it is really like studying abroad.

Anthony Michael

Becauseof its worldwide recognition and long history, Anthony chose the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to pursue his interior design course.

Having studied previously at a local institution, Anthony says that the learning programme at RMIT was more structured.

“I found the head of department and lecturers more approachable. There was more of a friendship than a strict student-lecturer relationship, which made it easier to seek assistance from them. The programme co-ordinator also set up regular one-to-one meetings to review student progress and for students to voice out concerns.”

According to Anthony, studying in a foreign university will give students international exposure as they mingle with both students and staff from other parts of the world. For a design student, he adds, this is particularly important.

He says those planning to pursue their education at an overseas institution should carry out extensive research beforehand on the chosen university and country. And whilst there, he advises them to make the best of the education offered and find time to join social groups on campus.

Of course, studying in a foreign land comes with challenges and Anthony was not spared. He says having to cope with the changing seasons, especially winter was rather difficult.

“Also because you are not at home, you are not in your comfort zone and being away from your family and friends can be rather tough at times.”

But studying overseas, Anthony continues, taught him to be more independent. For example when pocket money was running out, he took on part-time jobs that included telemarketing and leaflet-distribution to help sustain his lifestyle.

Anthony considered staying on in Melbourne once he graduated but as he was offered a job back in Malaysia, he chose to return home. He has since then moved to London where he works as an interior designer.

If asked to do it all again, Anthony says he would not hesitate in choosing the same institution. “I was very happy with the education I received and the study culture so I will definitely choose the RMIT experience all over again.”

Allan Kwek

The Charles Sturt University in Australia was Kwek’s choice to continue his tertiary education. Kwek studied advertising and says he chose Charles Sturt University because it was linked to his college.

He says that the study culture at the university was different from what he was used to in that people were more willing to participate in classes and were more outspoken, which he found to be good. However, what he found challenging was trying to understand the Australian accent.

Like most students studying overseas, funds were scarce so Kwek had to look for an alternative to supplement his pocket money. “I took on jobs as a chef at a few small restaurants cooking Chinese food. These restaurants allowed me a decent wage for my living expenses,” he says.

After graduating Kwek worked in Australia for two years but soon realised that home is really where the heart is; he decided to come back.

“Even though the wages and the lifestyle is better there, Malaysia is still home to me and I do not regret my decision at all,” Kwek says.

Kwek presently works as an animation producer, working mainly on commercials, TV series and anything that requires graphics or animating and has been in this field for about a year-and-a-half.

In his opinion, employers take higher education seriously but he feels that it does not stop there.

“One must have the passion and knowledge in his chosen field. Take advertising for example, you cannot be an advertiser solely through books as you need the passion for knowledge and selling. You need to be in the mind of consumers and think like them. It’s all about presenting and selling yourself at the end of the day,” he explains.

For those planning to go overseas, Kwek’s advice is to go with an open mind. “It was a good experience for me to wake up to something different and unfamiliar every day. If the opportunity presents itself, leave and come back with knowledge.”

“And when you’re there, never forget your roots.”

Audrey See Tho

A psychology major at the Stony Brook University in New York, See Tho says she chose to study at this university because of its high quality of research and teaching in psychology.

“I also chose the university because it is part of a network of New York state public universities called ‘State University of New York’ and it’s relatively near distance to New York City,” she explains.

See Tho says that everything is discussion-based in class and if you don’t raise your hand and ask questions, you lose out. “Professors are also very willing to mentor students and are always welcoming students to come to their office for questions or just a chat,” she adds.

Studying away from home has helped See Tho attain independence and leadership skills as she had to do everything on her own from grocery shopping to paying the bills. Together with the good, studying abroad brought with it a set of challenges.

“The distance from home also brings various stresses such as homesickness, loneliness and in winter when the sun sets really early, one can easily get depressed,” See Tho says.

She also had to cut down on her spending as she realised she could not just rely on her parents for funds so took up a job in the library as a student assistant.

See Tho says that she would definitely encourage students to study overseas as it has exposed her to so many different people and experiences and she now looks at things from new perspectives.

“New York City has broadened my vision of the world. I have been provided with so many opportunities and have met so many interesting people during my time here,” she elaborates.

Once she graduates, See Tho plans to stay on in the US if she is offered an opportunity. “I do not, however, intend to live here for the rest of my life. Malaysia is my home and I want to bring better changes to my home country with the knowledge I have gained overseas.”

Source by Gregory Basil, New Straits Times MY

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When we signed up for study abroad, we were told in so many words what to expect and what the experience was going to be like. We were told that we would visit historical sites, monuments and museums while also getting the opportunity to experience a different culture while earning college credit.

Well, after embarking on the journey and making it home, I can tell you that those things are true, but what it is more difficult to explain is just how memorable and life changing study abroad can be.

While I’m not going to sit here and say that I suddenly discovered a solution to all my problems while drinking a beer in London or found the meaning of life while sipping on wine in France, I will tell you that the things I saw are something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The study abroad I went on was a 10-day trip themed after D-Day, the 1944 Allied invasion of France. Our journey took us over the Atlantic into London, down to Portsmouth, across the English Channel into Normandy and ended in Paris.

Beach of Normandy

While on the beaches of Normandy, I had a great epiphany that I think is worth sharing, one that I think encapsulates the thing that makes study abroad so valuable. What I realized was that no amount of reading, lectures, movies or any other retelling of an event can come close to actually experiencing it for your self.

Only when I was standing on the damp sand of Omaha Beach, staring from the water’s edge back to the towering cliffs, did the magnitude of what the Americans accomplished really sink in. Only when I was standing in a crater on Pointe du Hoc did the true power of the navel warships I had read about truly make sense.

My point is that there is no way to completely explain the feelings and thoughts a place will evoke without being there. That is the true magic of study abroad. Through the program, you can go to those places, experience those emotions and create those memories.

So to those of you who are considering study abroad, I hope this helps inform your decision. Remember, you only live once so get out there and see what the world has to offer.

Source: The Lion’s Roar

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Finding a Job

There has been a lot of coverage in the media surrounding the job market and the high level of competition job seekers face. This is true in some aspects, although there are numerous employers looking to fill positions and new job opportunities are posted on the Internet every day.

Also, many industries are growing and employers are looking for qualified workers. Recently there was a CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com survey, which revealed that “employers (54 per cent) reported they plan to hire recent…graduates in 2012, up from 46 per cent in 2011, 44 per cent in 2010 and 43 per cent in 2009”. This survey shows that grads and entry level employees are in demand for new hires. If you are currently looking for a job, consider the following tips:

1. Be proactive in all aspects of the job search. Many times this involves taking several approaches to find companies that are hiring, creating connections with those companies, and networking in person. This can include joining social networks, volunteering your time, blogging, and talking to your current connections to see if they can assist in some way.

2. Don’t make excuses for yourself. When it comes down to it, you need to be accountable for making your job search successful. That means not giving up and putting in the time to change your resume, as well as your cover letter, for each job posting. Also, it involves applying for those jobs that you may not necessarily be a perfect candidate for and remaining optimistic about your job search. In all honesty, you are just looking for one job that fits your qualifications.

3. Pursue two or three companies for a job. This is easier than targeting the whole industry and not knowing who you are contacting. You can do this by contacting several people in leadership positions within those companies and making connections with them. They may not have a job for you right now, but if you show initiative and make a good impression then you may be offered a job down the road. People are more willing to engage with you concerning opportunities than you would expect.

4. Make sure to market yourself in interviews. Resumes get you the interview, but it is the impression you make, your communication skills, and your personality that gets you the job. Be prepared to answer questions about your strengths, weaknesses, success stories, and experiences. Explain what you can bring to the table and that you will immediately become an asset to the organization.

5. Show that you are excited to work for them. Express how you feel to the interviewer and that you are eager to work for them. Do your research and communicate what you can offer if you were hired.

Source: http://www.careerbuilder.ca

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Check out Education Go Abroad Facebook to watch an interesting video on ” What is Social Science?”

People in the social science field study all aspects of society, from past events and achievements of human behaviour and relationships among groups.

The term social science itself is very wide as it touches on all areas related to “soft sciences”, that is, the scientific perspective of human behaviour. Students can major in various fields and gain employment as anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, historians, political scientists, social scientists, sociologists and even economists and market/survey researchers. Psychologists are also ‘made’ from the study of one discipline of social science.

Depending on their type of jobs, people in social science may need a wide range of personal characteristics. Intellectual curiosity and creativity are fundamental personal traits for social scientists as they are constantly seeking new information about people, things and ideas. The ability to think logically and methodically is very important, especially for those in political science who must compare the merits of various forms of government, among other duties. Objectivity, open-mindedness and systematic work habits are important in all kinds of social science research.

A career in social science requires one to have excellent written and oral communication skills.

So, what exactly does the work entail?
Research work is a major activity for many of them and their researches are very valuable. They study, analyse and through their research and analysis, they suggest solutions to social, business, personal, governmental and environmental problems. Their research also help people to understand different ways in which individuals and groups make decisions, exercise power and respond to change.

Interviews and surveys are some of the methods used to collect facts, opinions and other information. It may even involve living and working among the population being studied. Other methods of collection of data include performing field investigations; analysing historical records and documents; experimenting with human or animal subjects in a laboratory; administering standardised tests and questionnaires; preparing and interpreting maps and computer graphics; etc. Although the specialisation in social science varies greatly, there may be occasions where specialists in one field may find their researches overlap work being conducted in another discipline.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Employment and places of work

Most careers in social science require the person to work regular hours, behind a desk and normally alone or in teams of other social science workers or social scientists. They also read and write research articles / reports. In situations where deadlines and tight schedules must be met, social scientists may find themselves pressured and working overtime.

A social science worker is normally an integral part of a research team. Travel may be necessary to collect information or attend meetings. Social science workers who do fieldwork like anthropologist assistants, anthropologists, archaeologist assistants and archaeologists must also adjust to unfamiliar cultures, climates and languages as part of their job may involve living among the people they are studying or staying for a long period at the site of their investigations. In such cases, social science workers may work under rugged conditions or be involved in strenuous physical exertion.

On the contrary, those working in colleges and universities like lecturers or assistants, have flexible work schedules, often dividing their time among teaching, research, writing, consulting, or administrative responsibilities.

Meanwhile, those working in higher positions in colleges and universities as well as top-level non-academic research and administrative positions will require Ph.D or equivalent degree. Master’s Degree holders may find themselves in teaching capacities in community colleges or other teaching positions.

Areas Covered By Programmes
Social science courses normally expose students to tools for analyzing human actions, enabling them to understand and apply a scientific approach in the study of contemporary individual and social issues, problems as well as their own lives. The curriculum will instill critical thinking and understanding of human action and interaction with other humans and their environment.

Programmes will expose students to the fast changing environment, current events and issues, ways to attune to and influence lifestyles to current issues and literature relevant to the particular social science discipline. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills as well as apply scientific methods and theories to analyse human actions.

Local and international courses cover areas like Behavioral Science; Addiction Counseling; Counseling; Marriage and Family Services; Professional Counseling; Rehabilitative Science; School Counseling; Economics; History; Human Services; Communications; Journalism; Linguistics; International Affairs; Political Science; Social Sciences; Sociology; Women’s Studies; etc.

Taken from StudyMalaysia

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 - Whistler's MP, John Weston, left, shakes hands with Dr. Lee, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, last week after Weston was elected to chair the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group. - Photo submitted
Whistler’s MP, John Weston, left, shakes hands with Dr. Lee, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, last week after Weston was elected to chair the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group.

According to a press release issued by Weston’s staff, the MP is working in cooperation with local schools and post-secondary institutions to promote Canadian education opportunities to Taiwanese officials. During his trip, Weston is also hoping to meet with Taiwanese families that would like their children to experience a Canadian education.

Before leaving for Taiwan late last week, Weston was also elected as the chair of the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Weston was traveling with other Canadian MPs and the group was also there to attend the swearing-in ceremony as Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou began his second term in office. The Sea to Sky MP said he first met the president when he lived in Taiwan for 10 years.

“I believe the warmth of our friendship aptly reflects the relationship between Canada and Taiwan, a connection that will only grow stronger as we develop our mutual economic and educational interests,” Weston said in the release.

Taken from The Whistler Question 

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