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May 2017

কভার লেটারের খুঁটিনাটি

720 400 Jamia Rahman Khan (Tisa)

চাকুরিতে আবেদন করার সময় রেজিউমির সাথে অত্যাবশ্যকীয় যে জিনিসটি লাগে তা হল কভার লেটার। রেজিউমিতে জায়গাস্বল্পতার কারণে নিজের সম্পর্কে অনেক কথাই তুলে ধরা হয়না। একটু মাথা খাটিয়ে লিখতে পারলে কভার লেটারের মাধ্যমে তা অনেকটাই ফুটিয়ে তোলা সম্ভব। কভার লেটার লেখার কিছু টিপস নিয়েই সাজানো হয়েছে এই লেখাটি। read more

10 lessons from the International Leadership Program

1024 683 Shaveena Anam

“Leadership is something that is good. Anything else is an abuse of power”, Mohamad Amersi, philanthropist, and CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures said in his introductory speech at the inauguration of the Prince’s Trust International’s Leadership Program. This statement stayed with me throughout the two weeks I spent in the UK, where I had the honor of being 1 out of 80 young change makers selected from over 6000 applications.

The program consisted of leadership workshops with business psychology consultant, Pearn Kandola; an engaging public speaking workshop with ‎Copywriter and Trainer at Let’s Do This, Al Brunker; and inspiring speeches and words of advice from various experts and leaders such as Kate Adie who was a former BBC correspondent, Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. My expectations from the program were to enhance my own understanding of leadership so as to manage my own team better, make important connections with other people who are doing significant work in their own countries, and take back relevant lessons to contribute to the work being carried out at BYLC. In this article, I share some of my reflections on the key things I learned from the program, and the aspects of myself that I would like to improve on.    read more

Transforming Inspiring Youth into Role Models

2048 1363 Salman Sabbab

Imagine a TV reporter is interviewing you and suddenly he asks, “Who’s your role model and why?” You are on camera and have only the fraction of a second to come up with a name. What would your answer be? If you stumble and struggle before uttering a name, you are not alone. Most of the youth of our generation are on the same boat, where we are not sure if we have a role model or not. Recently, I had the opportunity to interact with students of different universities from divisional cities. What I found common among them is the absence of role models in their life. read more

Guidance, confidence boost, and experience; these were the ingredients chosen for a perfect leader!

5184 3456 Humayra Rahman Mitul

If you click on the “Why OPD?” section on the OPD website, this is what it says, “There is a glaring lack of effective career guidance services available to university students in Bangladesh today, etc. etc.” Now that you have gone through the official version of our extremely competitive layout, let me tell you what you should be looking forward to if you attend our workshops.

Presenting the top 5 reasons you should be attending an OPD workshop from my own experience!

  1. You know nothing!
    While almost everyone out there nowadays struts around with an “I-know-it-all” attitude, how many of us really know how to write a proper e-mail or even shake our potential employers’ hand professionally. The workshops concentrate on broad issues to minute details of a professional life. From career planning to interviews, the journey consists of them all.
  2. Your resume does not meet international standards.
    From adding our best photo across half the page of our resume to adding funky fonts, most of us have been through it all. Your resume gets rejected again and again and you are tired of trying without realizing where the problem lies. Did you know that employers spend 9 seconds on average scanning your resume? OPD workshops help you build a world-class resume with a top notch cover letter to go with it.
  3. Your social media activity does matter to your employer.
    No really, it does! After attending an OPD workshop you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself rushing home to make massive changes on your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts. Not only that, a comprehensive session on the do’s and don’t’s of e-mail writing to when an e-mail should be sent or not sent is taught. The importance of being groomed in the ways of behaving online in this “digital” era is emphasized.
  4. You will be guided by experts in their fields.
    The OPD team consists of individuals who have excelled in their fields academically as well as professionally. Each session is conducted by them and you gain an opportunity to learn from them through their expertise and experience. Each participant leaves with a sense of enlightenment and adventure because it is just the beginning of their journey thanks to the warm and friendly approach of the instructor and of course the fact that the class size is kept as small as possible to give individual attention to participants.
  5. Leaders are not born, they are created.
    Yes, the OPD team is a firm believer of this statement. Leadership skills are becoming more and more important and we as a country are still stuck in an age where there is no difference between a “boss” and a “leader”. OPD works to hone your skills in leadership as well as various other key skills that are overlooked but are vital to thriving professionally. In fact, 94% of our graduates have exercised leadership in entrepreneurship, politics, community service, mobilizing others to take action, etc.

As a BYLC graduate, OPD is opening a door for you to a world of possibilities such as BYLC Graduate Network, Career fairs, etc. and OPD workshops are just one of the few of them. Workshops are a great way of networking, learning and polishing your skills. So, why OPD? How about you attend a workshop and find that out yourself!

‘Intern’alized

1500 1000 Noshin Noorjahan

I am a striving pharmacy student and an intern at Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC). About a year back, the latter made a big difference in my life. The all caps ‘BIG’ kind. read more