3 Easy Steps to Getting Your Dream Job After Graduation

One major complaint among recent graduates is that they cannot find work because they don’t have the necessary work experience required by employers. Even though our education system isn’t designed to prepare young people for the “real world”, it does provide some tools—knowledge, and skills. Young people can use the skills and knowledge gained from college to better prepare themselves for life after college.  The steps below are proven techniques that will help almost any person get a head start towards their future career.

Get an Internship – Paid/Unpaid

Internships are a great way to gain work experience in any field of study. Some organizations offer yearly or year-round internships. Some popular organizations where people like to intern are The United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, Rotary International, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, Google, African Development Bank, Disney World, World Vision,  and The Peace Corps. But in whatever you do, make sure the experience is in line with your future academic or career goals.

Be aware that some internships are very competitive so do not overlook the opportunities at smaller organizations or companies. A good step to starting your search is to identify a few companies or organizations. Visit their website or office location to gather information about available opportunities and how to apply then follow the application instructions to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Volunteering for an Organization

Just like Internships, volunteering is another way to gain work experience. The difference between internships and volunteering is that internships can be paid or unpaid while volunteering can be strictly unpaid. Although some organizations may reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses incurred on the job.

Most people volunteer with a non-governmental organization(NGO) so do not ignore smaller organizations or companies as you search for volunteering opportunities. Most people would just volunteer at an organization doing something they enjoy like volunteering for the local animal rights organization if they are an animal lover or teach at the local primary school because they enjoy sharing their knowledge.

A good step to starting your search would be to identify local organizations that could benefit from your skills, visit their website or office location to gather information about available volunteer opportunities. Follow the application instruction to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Network, Network, Network

I wish I could find a better way to stress how important networking is to getting ahead in the “real world.” I think every young person should consider reading Porter Gale’s book titled “Your Network Is Your Net Worth…” to gain a better understanding of the saying “you are the average of those you spend your time with.”

In my own opinion, networking is the currency of this generation. It’s magical how a recommendation or introduction by a friend, acquaintance, church member, or teammate can get you that position or business deal.

In today’s world, one powerful must have networking tool everyone should consider having is a LinkedIn profile. It is your living resume. It gives others an overview of what you are all about. You can use it to reach recruiters and network with alumni’s working in a company you are looking at interning at and they can help you with a recommendation. Use linked to you advantage, and it’s free, for the most part.

Give yourself a headstart in the career race by getting an internship, volunteering, and networking, and you will be glad you did.

 

Do Not Let These Five Myths Stop You from Visiting Lagos Nigeria

Lagos is the cultural and economic hub of Nigeria, a megacity filled with exploding music and arts scene. The city of Lagos welcomes visitors around the world daily, offering activities that will keep you busy far past dawn. The splendor of this city that is often called ‘a no man’s land’ because it has rich cultural diversity.  It is one of the most attractive cities in Africa, but not without myths that can scare you.  Not to worry, we have proven that five these myths cannot stop you from visiting Lagos.

Lagos Traffic is a Nightmare

There was an era when traffic in Lagos was a nightmare. The mere thought of being caught in the webs of Lagos traffic was enough to discourage tourists from visiting Lagos. Today, moving against traffic is no longer a nightmare. The BRT lanes have played a massive role in reducing the time spent on traffic.  There is also a modern railway system that has been commissioned to take Lagosians to different parts of the city without stress.

Area Boys Are Kings

The Area boys of Lagos infamously referred to as ‘Agberos’ are erroneously believed to rule the city. There are exaggerated stories that are not true because law and order in Lagos are organized to ensure people move about their business without harassment. No city is without area boys, even Paris, New York, and London has their touts. These touts have not stopped tourists from visiting these cities neither has it marred the reputation of Lagos.

Lagos is Prone to Flood

There are two parts of Lagos; the luxurious island and the mainland.  The mainland has little business to deal with flood while the island that houses some of the wealthiest Nigerians and expatriates suffer flood once in a while. However, flooding is not a threat to stop you from exploring the city.

Lagos is Expensive

No megacity is cheap!  Luxury and affluence adorn the beautiful city of Lagos, but it is the home to both the rich and the poor.  The city can be thrifty for people on a tight budget and expensive for those who want to live the extravagant lifestyle.  The costs of living in some quarters like the Island are costly compared to Ojota and Falomo on the mainland.

Lagosians Are Tricky

Don’t be robed in the stories that tell you that strangers will be led astray when they ask for directions. There are horror stories of tourists losing their valuables because they asked questions. Everyone in Lagos is not a criminal. There are more good-hearted people than the few criminal minded people on the streets.  The streets of Lagos even many slums are protected by the law enforcement agencies, giving you the safety you need on the streets.

 

Come to Lagos and enjoy the beauty of life. The nights are vibrant with street foods like grilled chicken, the delicious suya that can be eaten with cold drinks or beers, and baked beans can help you keep strength while you party hard past midnight.

Medical Checkups To Have Done Before Moving Abroad

You’re about to move abroad. Congratulations! Maybe you’re leaving on a short-term vacation or beginning an exciting study abroad program. Either way, before any travel gets underway, there are a few medical preparations to make. Whether you will need a run-of-the-mill checkup or more specialized doctor visits before you go will depend on a few factors. Going to the doctor’s office before you leave the country for the foreseeable future is essential, especially if you’re going to live in a country that doesn’t have advanced medical care. This article will give you some of the checkups that you may need to do before you leave the country.

A General Checkup

Get a physical before you leave the country. At the time of the checkup, take this time to ask your primary care physician any questions you may have. Your doctor should catch any problems and talk to you about taking care of the issue before you leave. Doing this will ensure that you won’t run into any trouble when you’re far from home.

 

A Dental Checkup

You should also get a dental cleaning and checkup before you head off overseas. Getting checked out by a dentist now can prevent catastrophic emergencies such as a broken crown from ruining your expat experience. Your dentist can also advise you on any health concerns relating to your tongue, jaw, gums, or mouth, which can cause other unforeseen health problems down the road. If you don’t already have your wisdom teeth out, ask your dentist to check on those as well. Addressing these questions with your dentist before you leave will be more convenient than trying to find a dentist or seek treatment in an unfamiliar country and will prevent you from having to deal with a dental emergency overseas.

 

Vaccinations

Depending on your soon-to-be home, you might need to get a vaccination before you leave the United States. To get these vaccinations, you will have to go to a location that administers them. You can find this information on the website of the US State Department or your home state’s US State Department location.

Checkups With a Specialist

If you suffer from a chronic health problem, you should see the necessary specialist before you head off overseas. You will want to make sure that you can manage your issues while abroad, get any needed medication, or even get a much-needed procedure performed.

For example, if you have a herniated disc, seeing an orthopedic specialist can help you in some ways. You can get ideas on how to manage your injury while backpacking. You can also get advice on activities to avoid to eliminate stress in the affected area. This last visit might seem like a pain, but the information you could receive could be worth its weight in gold once you’re in the thick of your new expat life.

While you’re rushing around town seeing all these doctors, take the time to figure out your health insurance situation. You never know what could happen, and you’ll be happy you have this protection if an emergency occurs.

Now that your medical preparations are complete, make sure that your visa application is in order.

References

https://www.cdc.gov/features/vaccines-travel/index.html

http://allsmilesdentistry.org/services.html

 

Are You Ready for Your Study Abroad?

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and memorable times of your life and can do a lot to enhance your education(plus plenty of other mind blowing benefits). To get the most out of the experience, it is a good idea to plan so that you don’t spend too much time bogged down in logistics you could have worked out beforehand.

Finding an Apartment

The school you are attending may offer assistance with this task. However, you still need to think about where you would like the apartment to be located and whether you want to move into a furnished place or buy furniture once you are there. You should do some research ahead of time on typical housing costs and amenities in the area where you will be living, so you will know what reasonable expectations are.

Find the Right Flight

You can save a lot of money if you do your research right. In your online searches, look for smaller airports near your location that might be cheaper to fly in and out of. Some sites for searching flights add surcharges, so you may want to look for flights on those sites but then book directly with the airline site. Some airlines will even offer discounts to students traveling for a study abroad. Be sure to check whether fares include the cost of checked baggage.

Do You Need A Car?

Many countries have more efficient public transportation than most of the United States. However, if you are staying longer than a few months or would like to explore parts of the country that are off the beaten path, a car could be useful. Even if you don’t plan to own a car while you are there, find out ahead of time what the licensing requirements are and look into the availability of a roadside assistance service in your area.

Packing for the Long-Term

The first thing to keep in mind is that most things you need, except for specific brands, will be available wherever you go. Do some research ahead of time to find out what items are more expensive in the new country to prioritize what you should bring. Pack clothing that can stand multiple wears and washings, is made for the weather, and mixes well together. Bring adapters for things like computers, but buy smaller electrical items such as hairdryers in the country.

Pursuing an education abroad will bring plenty of surprises, challenges, and rewards. Organizing the basics will allow you to meet those surprises and challenges with confidence.

5 Colorado Attractions You Need to Visit

No matter where you end up, there are always fun and interesting places to visit. While Colorado is well-known for its hiking, ski resorts, and other outdoor activities, there are some hidden gems that you may not have heard of that definitely need to be included on your next trip.

Rocky Mountain Food Tours

If you or anyone in your travel group is a foodie, this is a must. Based in Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain Food Tour introduces you to the history of Colorado Springs while tantalizing your taste buds. You visit five different restaurants and sample a variety of different types of cuisine. For a small additional charge, you can pair your food with locally made alcoholic beverages for a complete experience.

Dairy Block

Located in the heart of Denver, Dairy Block combines unique shopping experiences, great food, and an amazing atmosphere. Dairy Block was originally home to Windsor Dairy, and it has been converted into a great micro-district. It even has lodging available so you can get the full experience and still be near to other Denver attractions.

UFO Watchtower

If you believe in aliens, the UFO Watchtower should be number one on your list of places to visit. And if you don’t, this is still an absolutely gorgeous place to check out. There is plenty of camping, and there is zero pollution, giving you an unparalleled view of the night sky and more stars than you knew existed. You can also visit the watchtower to talk about UFOs, alien abductions, and other paranormal activity. This can be a lot of fun for both believers and skeptics.

Missile Site Park

History lovers will find Missile Site Park fascinating. This former Cold War Atlas E missile site was built in 1961 and was deactivated in 1965. Now it has free tours daily and offers a unique perspective on the Cold War. You do need to schedule the tour in advance, so don’t forget to call ahead! There is also camping and RV hookups available.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Boulder received the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse from their sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It was constructed in Dushanbe without power tools, then disassembled and sent to Boulder. This unique teahouse hosts regular events, including tea workshops and celebrations of the sister cities. You can also enjoy a traditional tea in the afternoon.

Use these ideas to guide your next trip through Colorado. There are plenty of other hidden gems. Let us know in the comments of your favorite places!

5 Must-See Locations in the United States

Are you ready to hit the road, but then think, “where should I go visit?”. Well, all fifty states have great places to visit so the choices may be challenging. Let’s use an RV to travel in style to these must-see locations that have the best RV camping sites. This way you can strive to see as much of the United States as you can, and save some money (as you might be able to avoid extravagant car rental fees). It’s a perfect approach for students who want to travel with a larger group of friends with a lower budget.

Yosemite National Park

Located in California in the Sierra Nevada mountains you will experience the giant Sequoia trees. The beauty of Bridal Falls and the cliffs of El Capitan are breathtaking. You need to book reservations early to get a site in one of their RV friendly campgrounds. They do not have water or sewer areas, but allow generators during certain times.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home of the luxury LVM Motorhome Resort. Palm trees, swimming pool, free wireless, restaurant, housing over 400 sites with top grade hookups, you will have a great stay edging your bets that you will be lucky at the tables. Not into gambling? The food, the shows, and the shopping are worth the visit any time of the year.

Crater Lake

Are you ready for some eye candy? Scenic Crater Lake will astound you with its breathtaking views. Bring your bicycle, your hiking boots, and your swimming suit. Make your reservation early to get one of the 57 RV sites available. All of the hook-up amenities are ready for your visit plus they have free wifi. They advise at least a week stay to be able to take advantage of what they have to offer.

Myrtle Beach, SC

If golfing at the beach is your thing, then you may want to set your sights on heading for Myrtle Beach, SC. There are plenty of RV camping sites available, so make your reservations ahead to get a campground site near your favorite golf course. You will have plenty to do there, so plan to spend at least a week.

Gatlinburg, TN

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is waiting to entertain you in Gatlinburg, TN. RV campground sites are available, so plan ahead as this place stays busy all year around. You will find amusements of all sorts to entertain you for days. Time to kick back and enjoy.

Means To Do So  

RV Camping is a way of vacationing that is fun, budget-friendly, and allows you to get to know other campers. Use an RV to travel in style to these must-see locations as you enjoy the freedom of the open road. Bon Voyage!

References/Resources:

http://www.prospectrvpark.com/

http://www.lvmresort.com/

https://www.rvwholesalers.com/

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rvcamping.htm?

 

What Are the Benefits of Moving to a Gated Community?

When it comes to finding a home to purchase, it’s important to feel comfortable and at ease in the setting. Many homeowners choose to live in a gated community due to the many advantages that it offers. If you’re looking to find an appealing place to live long-term, there are a few benefits of moving to a gated community.

Safety

Gated communities are known to be a safe place to live due to the security that they offer. Break-ins are less common because burglars are less likely to target homes in areas that are difficult to enter. Gated communities often have security guards who are present and patrol the neighborhood 24/7 to ensure that suspicious activity is detected, which can offer peace of mind and reduce the risk of loss that can occur. In addition, many homeowners also employ personal home security measures for extra protection. For convenient security, mobile apps will give you more control of your home security than you’ve ever had before.

Privacy

Gated communities have more privacy because they only allow residents and permitted guests to enter the neighborhoods, which can allow you to live in a secluded area that is closed off from the rest of the world. You can conduct your business or personal affairs each day without having interruptions.

Beautiful Setting

Gated communities are also known to be quieter because fewer people are permitted inside compared to traditional neighborhoods or communities that aren’t gated and where outsiders can roam around. You won’t have to worry about living next to a noisy neighbor or having to listen to loud music on the weekends due to the rules and regulations that are established by the HOA. The grounds will also have a high level of appeal due to the landscaping that is performed, which can allow you to live in an upscale environment that is beautiful and manicured.

Exclusivity

Exclusivity is an additional benefit of living in a gated community because not everyone is allowed to enter the neighborhoods. It’s considered to be a status symbol that helps you to feel proud of where you live and not have to worry about people from outside cities or areas walking around on the street. You also won’t have to worry about certain friends or family members dropping by unexpectedly unless you allow them to enter through the gate or put your name on the list.

There are many benefits that are available when it comes to living in a gated community. Although it may come at a cost, it can allow you to feel more comfortable with where you live and enjoy a higher quality of life.

To learn more about life in American communities, check out our blog for more informative articles.

 

The Ultimate North American Road Trip

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North America has so much to offer. From tropical beaches to spectacular mountains, there is something to see on everyone’s list. Planes are a fast and convenient mode of transportation. If you want to truly appreciate the beauty of the land, you must explore by a road trip. Here is your guide to the ultimate road trip in North America.

Blue Ridge Parkway

For those who love winding roads and mountain views, you need to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. The route runs for 469 miles from Virginia to North Carolina. It has been named a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States. This stretch of scenic highway takes visitors from the Shenandoah Mountains to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The majority of the route runs along the Blue Ridge mountain range. Visitors can see plenty of waterfalls and the mountaintop sights along the way. The route is particularly popular in autumn when the leaves begin to change colors.

Florida Keys

If you are looking for fun in the sun, take your car for a drive down to the Florida Keys. This route begins in Miami with all its vibrant culture and nightlife. Once you leave the city, U.S. 1 (Florida Overseas Highway) will be your road to the tiny seaside towns of the Keys. This 100-mile route travels along the rim of the Everglades and Florida Bay. Visitors can experience the laidback lifestyle of Key Largo, Marathon, and Islamorada. U.S. 1 ends in the southernmost part of the United States, Key West.

Route 66

Route 66 has been the gold standard of North American road trips. Beginning in Chicago and ending in Santa Monica, the Mother Road has been a roadside staple since 1926. The 2,448-mile route takes visitors through 8 different states in the Midwest and Southwest areas of the United States. If you are looking for a real piece of old Americana, get your kicks on Route 66.

The Great Divide

The best way to end your North American adventure is by traveling up the Great Divide. This trip takes visitors from the mesas of New Mexico up the Canadian border. Travelers usually start in New Mexico and slowly work their way up the Rocky Mountains. The road will lead to some spectacular spots like Yellowstone National Park and Montana’s National Glacier Park.

Road trips are a great way to explore North America. There is a whole world that is missed when flying by airplane. So pack your bags and hit the road for an ultimate trip around North America.

For more awesome excursions and tours to do while studying abroad, visit this site!

3 Easy Steps to Getting Your Dream Job After Graduation

One major complaint among recent graduates is that they cannot find work because they don’t have the necessary work experience required by employers. Even though our education system isn’t designed to prepare young people for the “real world”, it does provide some tools—knowledge, and skills. Young people can use the skills and knowledge gained from college to better prepare themselves for life after college. The steps below are proven techniques that will help almost any person get a head start towards their future career.

Get an Internship – Paid/Unpaid

Internships are a great way to gain work experience in any field of study. Some organizations offer yearly or year-round internships. Some popular organizations where people like to intern are The United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, Rotary International, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, Google, African Development Bank, Disney World, World Vision, and The Peace Corps. But in whatever you do, make sure the experience is in line with your future academic or career goals.

Be aware that some internships are very competitive so do not overlook the opportunities at smaller organizations or companies. A good step to starting your search is to identify a few companies or organizations. Visit their website or office location to gather information about available opportunities and how to apply then follow the application instructions to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Volunteering for an Organization

Just like Internships, volunteering is another way to gain work experience. The difference between internships and volunteering is that internships can be paid or unpaid while volunteering can be strictly unpaid. Although some organizations may reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses incurred on the job.

Most people volunteer with a non-governmental organization(NGO) so do not ignore smaller organizations or companies as you search for volunteering opportunities. Most people would just volunteer at an organization doing something they enjoy like volunteering for the local animal rights organization if they are an animal lover or teach at the local primary school because they enjoy sharing their knowledge.

A good step to starting your search would be to identify local organizations that could benefit from your skills, visit their website or office location to gather information about available volunteer opportunities. Follow the application instruction to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Network, Network, Network

I wish I could find a better way to stress how important networking is to getting ahead in the “real world.” I think every young person should consider reading Porter Gale’s book titled “Your Network Is Your Net Worth…” to gain a better understanding of the saying “you are the average of those you spend your time with.”

In my own opinion, networking is the currency of this generation. It’s magical how a recommendation or introduction by a friend, acquaintance, church member, or teammate can get you that position or business deal. In today’s world, one powerful must have networking tool everyone should consider having is a LinkedIn profile. It is your living resume. It gives others an overview of what you are all about. You can use it to reach recruiters and network with alumni’s working in a company you are looking at interning at and they can help you with a recommendation. Use linked to you advantage, and it’s free, for the most part.

Give yourself a headstart in the career race by getting an internship, volunteering, and networking, and you will be glad you did.

3 Easy Steps to Getting Your Dream Job After Graduation

One major complaint among recent graduates is that they cannot find work because they don’t have the necessary work experience required by employers. Even though our education system isn’t designed to prepare young people for the “real world”, it does provide some tools—knowledge, and skills. Young people can use the skills and knowledge gained from college to better prepare themselves for life after college. The steps below are proven techniques that will help almost any person get a head start towards their future career.

Get an Internship – Paid/Unpaid

Internships are a great way to gain work experience in any field of study. Some organizations offer yearly or year-round internships. Some popular organizations where people like to intern are The United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, Rotary International, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, Google, African Development Bank, Disney World, World Vision, and The Peace Corps. But in whatever you do, make sure the experience is in line with your future academic or career goals.

Be aware that some internships are very competitive so do not overlook the opportunities at smaller organizations or companies. A good step to starting your search is to identify a few companies or organizations. Visit their website or office location to gather information about available opportunities and how to apply then follow the application instructions to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Volunteering for an Organization

Just like Internships, volunteering is another way to gain work experience. The difference between internships and volunteering is that internships can be paid or unpaid while volunteering can be strictly unpaid. Although some organizations may reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses incurred on the job.

Most people volunteer with a non-governmental organization(NGO) so do not ignore smaller organizations or companies as you search for volunteering opportunities. Most people would just volunteer at an organization doing something they enjoy like volunteering for the local animal rights organization if they are an animal lover or teach at the local primary school because they enjoy sharing their knowledge.

A good step to starting your search would be to identify local organizations that could benefit from your skills, visit their website or office location to gather information about available volunteer opportunities. Follow the application instruction to submit a well-written resume and cover letter detailing your strengths and skills.

Network, Network, Network

I wish I could find a better way to stress how important networking is to getting ahead in the “real world.” I think every young person should consider reading Porter Gale’s book titled “Your Network Is Your Net Worth…” to gain a better understanding of the saying “you are the average of those you spend your time with.”

In my own opinion, networking is the currency of this generation. It’s magical how a recommendation or introduction by a friend, acquaintance, church member, or teammate can get you that position or business deal. In today’s world, one powerful must have networking tool everyone should consider having is a LinkedIn profile. It is your living resume. It gives others an overview of what you are all about. You can use it to reach recruiters and network with alumni’s working in a company you are looking at interning at and they can help you with a recommendation. Use linked to you advantage, and it’s free, for the most part.

Give yourself a headstart in the career race by getting an internship, volunteering, and networking, and you will be glad you did.