AIESECers’ Stories #5

My name is Radhika Mathur and I am from India. Currently I am pursuing Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo and joined AIESEC in August 2016. I joined AIESEC because I saw an opportunity to build network with companies and startups within Norway as it would be beneficial for my course. Hence I chose the Incoming Exchange team. Another reason for me to join was to develop as a responsible leader, personally and professionally.
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One thing that I can say about AIESEC is that it is an organisation where every member matters and it delivers what it promises; developing leadership. I have evolved from a team member in the Incoming Exchange team to taking the responsibility of a team leader. Now I am the new VP Talent Management for the term 2017-2018.

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Through AIESEC I have learned so many things, the most important being: motivating and placing its People (members) first within the organisation. Everyone working in AIESEC UiO have been extremely motivating since day 1 and are super friendly. I have made some good friends, and going with them to our last national conference (UNITE) in Trondheim (Jan 2017) was the best moment.
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Joining AIESEC will not only help you professionally but will also develop you personally. You will get to meet new people and build networks with AIESECers around the world. Also, AIESEC is a society where each and every member is important. It gives its members ownership to present their ideas and opinions. So join AIESEC and become a part of a society where you will make a differenceaiesec.no/join

AIESECers’ Stories #4

My name is Line Rønning and I currently live in Trondheim, but was born in Oslo. I study Political Science at NTNU and I joined AIESEC in august 2015 by mere coincidence. I had never heard about the organisation before, but I was drawn to their focus on developing teamwork and leadership skills.

I am currently the head of HR and Finance within the organisation’s base in Trondheim and on the side working with developing a volunteer program called Youth Impact. Earlier have I been working on a Volunteer program called Active Summer in Oslo, I have also been in the marketing team and organised a national conference, all through AIESEC.

The main thing I have learnt with my experience in AIESEC is that if you really put effort, your energy and passion into something that you care about, then you can achieve everything. My best moment inside the organization was during the summer I was working with this volunteer program called Active Summer, we had just received 23 students from all around Europe, and the team and I were tired and stressed after a long day of working. At the end of the day we were going to have a meeting, and one of my team mates had bought refreshment for us to drink during the meeting. It was such a small gesture, but it made that meeting that much easier and the mood was lifted.

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Another memorable event was at the end of the Active Summer project when our volunteers had just finished facilitating two summer camps for kids from asylum centers and lower social economic background. We were having a karaoke night and one of the volunteers decided that we were going to sing “I was here” by Beyonce. During the song you could really feel that everyone in the room felt that they could relate to the song and that they had made a difference this summer.

It is these small occasions with a team and the people that you are working with towards a common goal and shares an amazing experience with that really makes AIESEC truly special to me. If you give it a shot then I can promise you that it will be life changing.

Now you have the chance to join us, and change your life as well. Be a part of AIESEC: aiesec.no/join

AIESECers’ Stories #3

My name is Tina. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a semester of US foreign policy and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Psychology. I am currently working as a Consultant for BDO.
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I joined AIESEC in August 2014 while doing my master’s degree. My friend Elife who was in the board of AIESEC in BI approached me. She told me about the organisation and how they develop leadership in young people by sending them abroad. I thought the idea of that was really cool. I also thought it was a great way to gain some practical experience while studying.

I started my AIESEC experience as an EP manager, I was responsible for guiding and supporting people through their exchange process. The following spring I was the President of the Organising Committee for Break the Border, an event hosted by AIESEC in BI. In the summer of 2015 I took over as Local Committee President of AIESEC in BI. Today I am part of the National Support Team as the Alumni Manager.

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My time in AIESEC has taught me so much. I learned a lot of practical things that I never learned in school as well as getting a chance to put what I actually had learned into practice. Now that I look back on my experience with some distance, I would say I had two main learning points. Firstly, AIESEC has a set of values and a cause that I believe in. That was such a huge motivational factor and it made me able to work for hours and hours. For me, it is essential to continue to have something in my life that makes me thrive the same way. When I have that, I am the better version of myself. Secondly I take away a leadership experience and an understanding of the complexity and necessity of leadership. Different people and different situations require different things of the leader. I learned the importance of being able to adapt, of seeing more than one of the story, having a global mindset and walk the walk. By doing so you are able to have other grow with you, which in my mind is a key characteristic of a good leader.

My best memory from AIESEC was all the people I got to meet. I met so many people with different backgrounds, stories and mindsets. I had so much fun, and I really got to challenge my own views and opinions. So many people coming together to work towards a bigger purpose is really special. This is also one of the main reasons why I am involved with the alumni network. I want to stay in touch with these people, and meet new interesting people. Your AIESEC experience does not end when your term does.

If you are passionate about making a difference in the world, and you believe that it is possible, AIESEC can provide a platform for you to do that. You have the opportunity to work together with a lot of interesting people while you get practical experience and a chance to put theory into practice. AIESEC gives you the chance to develop and thrive, often in other ways than you expect. If you want to do something more while studying, I warmly recommend AIESEC.

Now you have the chance to join us, and develop yourself as well. Be a part of AIESEC: aiesec.no/join

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AIESECers’ Stories #2

Why you should invest your time in practical experiences

 

My name is Mats, I’m a 23 year old Norwegian guy working full time as the President of AIESEC in Norway.

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It all started 4 years ago when I was a new student entering the university in Trondheim, NTNU, to study European studies. Even though I had high ambitions for my studies and my results, the truth is that after I joined the Local Committee of AIESEC in Trondheim I ended up doing twice as much AIESEC work then school work over the years I lived there. After my tree years in Trondheim I left the city without finishing my studies, but with experiences that no degree could teach me.

 

Last August I flew to Poland to represent AIESEC in Norway at AIESECs International Congress along with 800 delegates from 120+ countries and territories. The objective with this annual congress is to gather the entire AIESEC network in one place to connect with the purpose of the organization and to drive the organization forward in bringing more leadership development to young people through cross- cultural exchange. Sitting in the same room for 12 days with so many other like minded young leaders from all around the world made me feel very humble and grateful, and made me reflect upon how I reached this place.

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Over my four years in AIESEC I have had the opportunity to visit 15 new countries, expanded my international network, learn soft and hard skills that no study program could ever teach, and more importantly do something positive for the world. I have met people from all continents, I have hosted international interns in my apartment and I gotten the opportunity to go to national and international conferences.

 

One year ago I got accepted to work on the national board of the organization, which eventually led me to be elected as the new President of AIESEC in Norway. Now I am leading an organization at the age of 23, with more than 100 volunteers, without even having a degree.

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Don’t let a study program decide what you should or should not do.  Choose it yourself. In my case I decided to learn and develop myself by devoting my time and efforts to this organization. The investment has been enormous from both a personal and professional perspective.

 

Now you have the chance to join us, and develop yourself as well. Be a part of AIESEC: aiesec.no/join

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