Blog Entry – After School Africa http://www.afterschoolafrica.com Connecting the Next Generation of African Leaders with Opportunities around the World Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:13:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 29122543 10 of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Science http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/22188/10-africas-influential-women-science/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/22188/10-africas-influential-women-science/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:32:02 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=22188 Women in science are a rare sight and are even a disturbing one according to Nobel Prize winner, Tim Hunt who sparked controversy when he claimed that women should not be in science, as they can prove distracting to male scientists in the workplace.

Although this claim might sound outrageous, it is however true that there needs to be an upsurge of women in Science and STEM roles,

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9 Tips for Surviving in a New Country as a Foreign Student http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/22034/9-tips-surviving-new-country-foreign-student/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/22034/9-tips-surviving-new-country-foreign-student/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:50:18 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=22034 So you have just received your Letter of Admission into your desired school abroad.

You are quite excited but something keeps getting in the way of that excitement. You have a thought tugging at your happiness and No, it’s neither amusement nor enthusiasm. It’s uncertainty and that’s because you aren’t sure of how to cope away from home and familiar people.

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Follow these 8 Time Management Tips to Study Smarter http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21851/follow-8-time-management-tips-study-smarter/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21851/follow-8-time-management-tips-study-smarter/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:10:21 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21851 Most students find that their greatest challenge in adjusting to college life and to succeeding in the classroom is in managing their time effectively. Time management is something that should be learned before a child becomes an adult. However, it can still be learnt as an adult student, in fact no better time. Want to know why?

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Vital Things You Need to Know About Studying in Canada – A Guide http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21649/vital-things-need-know-studying-canada-guide/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21649/vital-things-need-know-studying-canada-guide/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:05:52 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21649 First of all, this article is a guide for students interested in undertaking Postgraduate (Masters, Research and PhD) studies in Canada. General survey has proven that one out of every three graduates in Africa desire to study in Canada which necessitated this article.

Ranked amongst the top 10 countries since 2004 in the Quality of Life Index by the United Nations,

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7 Social Media Hacks Graduates Can Use to Land their First Job http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21524/social-media-hacks-for-recent-graduates/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21524/social-media-hacks-for-recent-graduates/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 18:09:24 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21524 Did you know that social media can help to land you your first real job?

Many job seekers are still using traditional job search methods which may unknowingly be the cause of the poor responses they get.

Up until a decade ago, if you had the right “hard” skills (i.e., C++ programming),

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7 Easy Ways to Beat Exam Stress http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21363/7-easy-ways-beat-exam-stress/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21363/7-easy-ways-beat-exam-stress/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 17:48:39 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21363 The term ‘exam stress’ can be broadly defined as a feeling of anxiety over one’s performance in the exams. The results and reaction of parents and friends all weighing upon a student creates this exam stress. Exam stress or anxiety may cause the following:

  • inconsistent content coverage; trying to memorize the textbook;
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10 Brain Foods to Boost Your Memory While Studying http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21210/what-to-eat-during-your-exam-season/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21210/what-to-eat-during-your-exam-season/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 18:25:31 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21210 You might have heard how taking coffee helps you during exam periods. Whilst coffee is good, too much intake can be very detrimental to your mental and physical health, especially if you are a heavy coffee drinker. Too much caffeine in your system can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, leaving you feeling jittery and uncomfortable.

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Want to Win a Scholarship this Time Next Year? 10 things you Must Know & Do + Video http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/11154/win-scholarship-video/ Thu, 11 May 2017 10:43:28 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=11154 Winning a scholarship may not be as easy as reading an email. But tens to hundreds of thousands of African students are winning scholarships every year to study in their country or abroad. Read stories of past scholarship winners here.

There is an abundance of opportunities out there. And winning a scholarship is achievable if you put your heart to it.

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5 Women Entrepreneurs Changing the Face of Tech in Africa http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21114/5-women-entrepreneurs-changing-face-tech-africa/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/21114/5-women-entrepreneurs-changing-face-tech-africa/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 16:51:52 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=21114 Africa has the youngest population of Tech entrepreneurs in the world and this is expected to double by 2045. In a male-dominated tech scene as Africa’s, it is undeniable that women hold a small percentage of tech entrepreneurship. However, there are a number of incredible women who have created and are building successful, innovative tech companies that are upending industries.

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30+ Scholarships for African and Developing Countries with Deadlines in June 2017 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/7697/scholarships-for-african-developing-countries-deadlines-june/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/7697/scholarships-for-african-developing-countries-deadlines-june/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 08:00:06 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=7697 The following are scholarships offered by organisations and institutions for students from Africa and Developing Countries with application deadlines in June 2017. Some of these scholarships are offered for international students generally.

Please note that application to most of these scholarships require that you already have or in the process to gain admission to participating university(ies).

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Do You Have These 6 Career Fears? Here’s How to Overcome Them http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20886/6-career-fears-heres-overcome/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20886/6-career-fears-heres-overcome/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:25:27 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20886 Sometimes conquering a fear just takes a small lifting of your voice instead of shying away from what you ought to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said that we should always do what we’re afraid to do. But as we all know by now, that’s easier said than done.

Everyone is afraid of something.

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How to Lead for the First time and Get it Right http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20659/lead-for-the-first-time/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20659/lead-for-the-first-time/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:38:18 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20659 Leading a team of people when you are young is hard. Especially, when you may have members in the team who are your age or older. If you are reading this and you are a first-time team leader then you’re probably either making the most of the challenge or considering running for the door—or a bit of both.

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Any Questions? This is the Best Question to Ask at the End of a Job Interview http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20523/best-question-nail-job-interview/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20523/best-question-nail-job-interview/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:29:50 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20523 “So… Any last questions?”

We’ve all been there. At the end of the interview, and after nearly an hour of exposing your heart (and achievements) out to a potential employer, the HR manager asks if you have any last questions before wrapping up.

A good interview is more than just artful answers to any question a prospective employer throws your way.

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These 5 Lessons from Failure will Teach You More than Success Itself http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20292/5-lessons-failure-will-teach-success/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20292/5-lessons-failure-will-teach-success/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:12:24 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20292 “Yes!!!” she  screamed, as she walked out of the building where she had just had her second interview. Sammie obviously felt confident about nailing the interview because she badly wanted the job, that particular one.

She had already seen herself wearing really expensive pant suits and scurrying from the bottom floor to the top of the building with plenty important white papers,

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Working and No Side-Hustle? Here’s Why You Should Have One http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20165/working-no-side-hustle-heres-one/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20165/working-no-side-hustle-heres-one/#respond Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:32:05 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20165 Before we even begin, here’s one reason why you should have a side hustle – it’s 2017!

In today’s clime, it’s all about the side hustle: the jobs, gigs and hobbies you do in your free time. The world of work is changing. Putting in all of your time and energy to a job is beginning to sound like the worst idea. 

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Successfully Convert Your Internship into a Permanent Job With These Steps http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20003/successfully-convert-internship-permanent-job-steps/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/20003/successfully-convert-internship-permanent-job-steps/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:24:35 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=20003 Internships are the new jobs.

New-age employers often prefer to open up internship vacancies rather than full-time positions. Many employers who offer internships do so as a way to try out and recruit new full time employees. Even though internships are a way for students to gain experience and learn more about a specific career field of interest;

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15 Most Prestigious Scholarships for International Students [Updated] http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/8508/top-full-international-scholarships/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/8508/top-full-international-scholarships/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:06:40 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=8508 Thousands of scholarships out there for international students. But all scholarships are not created equal. Some scholarship programs offer much more than financial aid. It brings along prestige for the student. We have selected the top 10 most prestigious scholarships for international students.

These scholarships are offered annually, need based and often competitive.

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6 Ways to Find Happiness in the Simple 9-5 Life http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19868/6-ways-to-find-happiness-9-5-life/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19868/6-ways-to-find-happiness-9-5-life/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:52:08 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=19868 Happiness is a choice.

Every moment of everyday, you make a decision, whether you realize it or not. It’s the result of your attitude towards life. And whatever it is—positive or negative—it affects all the people, relationships, situation and basically whatever is in your world.

So, if you’re living a complicated life with so many things to do and no time for yourself,

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The Power of Embracing Authenticity in Your Scholarship Application http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19726/embracing-authenticity-application/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19726/embracing-authenticity-application/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:50 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=19726 Few weeks ago,  I was in an interview with two scholarship winners and they went on about how being authentic in their application for scholarships made them win at least one of of the hundreds that they had applied for. This was a revealing interview but also one that was all too obvious because what was being said is what every student…

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9 Powerful Motivational Tips for New Entrepreneurs http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19473/9-powerful-motivational-tips-new-entrepreneurs/ http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/19473/9-powerful-motivational-tips-new-entrepreneurs/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:58:00 +0000 http://www.afterschoolafrica.com/?p=19473 Startups are on the rise and young people are eager to launch their own businesses as opposed to a nine-to-five job. As easy as it might sound, opening a business requires patience and proper planning. Even after all that is done, more planning is required. Yet the more you seem to plan and control things,the more things become out of your control.

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