An Najah Organizes the "International Career Readiness Workshop"
On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Office of International Development and External Affairs (IDEA) held a Career Readiness Workshop focused on applying for international scholarships and jobs as well as interviews for jobs abroad. The workshop was led by American English Language Fellow Ms Lacie Raymond with Dr Abdalkarim Zawawi from the English Department.
The workshop included an overview of different skills and best practices for creating the personal statement for international scholarship applications. From the uniqueness of your story and the need to make your personal letter be about you, to the importance of plagiarism or telling half-truths, Ms Lacie highlighted the expectations of the most reputable universities of the important aspects that should be present in a scholarship applicant’s personal statement.
In the second half of the session, Ms Lacie shared some important tips for a successful interview, including the importance of having hard and soft skills that are relevant to the job that’s advertised. The participants then were divided into groups and prompted to brainstorm the best practices for before, during and after an applicant sits for a job interview. Dr Rafe, head of the An-Najah Alumni Unit, and Dr Abdalkarim emphasized to the participants the importance of building their resumes by thinking about what skills they would like to have and doing training and voluntary work that would help them acquire those skills.