Work and Leadership Experience

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One very important thing for you to note is the fact that academic achievement does not play a significant role in the selection of scholarship winners, even though you have to be admitted before you can be awarded the scholarship. The most important things are work experience and leadership experience.

The Swedish Institute usually requires at least 3000 hours of work experience. How do you calculate the number of hours you’ve worked for totally? Follow this step. How many hours do you work in a week? How many weeks do you work for in a year? And how many years have you worked for? Now multiply the three numbers; the number of hours, the number of weeks and the number of years. This work experience doesn’t have to be from a paid work, it could be internship, volunteering, part-time employment, either during your university studies or after university studies.

As for the leadership experience, it could be through previous work experience, through position as chairman or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments after high school studies, or maybe you’ve had the responsibility of organizing events, raising funds; all these experiences can count as leadership experience. Leadership experience can also be the experience of leading other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.

So, if you don’t have any of these at the moment, you have the whole year to gain the experience, and if you already have this, getting more leadership experience wouldn’t hurt. It doesn’t have to be from a job, you can volunteer for causes focused on societal development in your community. The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the minimum number of hours.

In the course of the year, I’ll be sharing with you who an ideal candidate for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship is. What ideal profile is the Swedish Institute looking for in a scholarship candidate? By now, you should be “stalking” any website that mistakenly mentions Sweden, :). For example, the admissons website and the scholarship website.

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My 2018 Goal

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Hi, friends, the timeline for the current application round of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship is as follows:

October, 17, 2017 – Masters application opened at University Admissions
January 15, 2018 – Deadline for selecting Master’s programmes
February 1, 2018 – Deadline for paying application fee and submitting required documents
February 2, 2018 – Applications open for SI scholarship
February 9, 2018 – Applications for SI Scholarship closes
April 6, 2018 –  Admission results published
April 26, 2018 – List of scholarship recipients published

The deadline for applying for Masters was January 15, few days ago. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry, I’ll be here for you throughout the year to guide you as you prepare for the next Autumn admission round that would most likely start in October this year. When I was applying, I started preparing by December, 2015 for the 2016 Autumn admission round in October, 2016. That’s like 11 months of preparation, almost a year! And I got the full scholarship because I was already prepared by the time applications opened.

So, throughout the year, I’ll be mentoring you on how to apply and win the scholarship, if you don’t mind. You can join my email list to take part in one-on-one mentoring from me by clicking on this link…http://bit.ly/2A4DgWO. I also created a Facebook group for applicants for the current application round, which you can also join to have an idea of how the application is like. This is the link, https://www.facebook.com/groups/149076899187472/.

I also have a Youtube video on how application for Masters in Sweden is like. I believe it will help you a lot while preparing. You can watch it here..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LSZ067B340&t=1897s.

Here’s wishing you a great year ahead.

Uniti: The Game Changer?

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In a previous post, I talked about the SI Network For Future Global Leaders as a network exclusively for recipients of the Swedish Institute scholarships, and as a member, you get opportunities for networking in the Swedish professional space through conferences, study visits, etc. Across Sweden, there are local chapters of the network in different universities. So, in my university, Linkoping University, we have the SI NFGL Linkoping, and I was recently voted to the board. So, as part of our plans for the semester, I suggested we do a study visit to Uniti. Many of those around me know that I have a thing for electrified transportation. Uniti is a Swedish startup located in the south of Sweden with the goal of building a smart electric car for commuting. After we contacted the company, we were invited for the global launch of their first product on 7th December; a global gathering of more than 2000 people from different sectors of Sweden’s economy.

We’ve all heard about how electric cars are going to change the future of transportation, and the fast rise of Tesla. By the way, Tesla just launched their electric truck. The future looks interesting already. Uniti, however, is building a smaller vehicle, suitable for urban commuting, with electronic steering and top-notch human-machine interaction (seamless like using your smartphone). They defined their work as “Rethinking the car”.

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Going there afforded me the opportunity of experiencing how the future of transportation will look like, something I’ve read much about. I also spoke with an industry professional whose company makes brakes for vehicles, majorly heavy-duty vehicles. From the glamour of seeing how a global product launch looks like to the technical details of the awesomeness of the Uniti electric vehicle, it was an worth an experience.

The E-book – How To Win A Full Scholarship For Master’s In Europe

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Are you tired of the situation in your country and want to make a change? Do you also want the experience of studying in Europe?

What if there’s a way to study in one of Europe’s most progressive countries on full scholarship?

Full scholarship? Yes. full tuition fees, monthly allowances, health insurance and travel grant from your home country.

Imagine how you would like sending pictures back home of you biking on the streets of Stockholm, or Gothenburg in Sweden on your way to school? Great, right?

Here is one opportunity to learn from me, a scholarship holder presently studying in Sweden. I’m on a full scholarship in Sweden, my tuition fees are fully paid by the Swedish government, I receive monthly allowances from the Swedish government, and when I got to Sweden, I received a full reimbursement of my travelling expenses from my home country. And I want to teach you how to also win this scholarship.

When I was applying, I was in contact with at least 9 recipients of the scholarship who were already studying in Sweden, and I have compiled the insights I gained from them, as well as my own experience in a NEW ebook. There are limited copies available, so it’s only for serious APPLICANTS.

  • The ebook will teach you how to write a convincing letter of motivation. In it, you’ll find the very letter of motivation I submitted for the scholarship. Yes, the very one! 🙂

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  • The ebook will also teach you how to increase your chances of getting admitted for a Master’s programme in Sweden.

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  • And do you want to know how the online scholarship application portal looks like? Don’t worry. I included every webpage of my application in the book.

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The ebook sells for $9.99 and you can get it by clicking on the link below…..

 

Smart Energy Challenge 2017

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In a previous post, I talked about how I was selected alongside 18 others as winners of the Smart Energy Challenge 2017 organised by the Swedish Institute. It involved submission of ideas geared towards encouraging people to use less energy and more sustainably. In that post, I said I’ll let you know about the idea I submitted. So, I’m going to talk about it here. It’s open source, so, anyone can run with it, modify it and apply it in her/his own context. Note that, the idea is not a well-developed one, it will require a lot of iterations to be applicable.

I called it ElecTriCycle. Traffic jams are big problems in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, they can add 4 hours to your daily commute. That’s a lot of productivity lost in smoke-filled congestions of petrol-guzzling vehicles. Most Nigerian homes have electricity generators which are used to supplement inadequate electricity supply. And petrol tricycles are quite popular vehicles for passenger transportation in Nigeria. Why not address all these problems and opportunities with just one idea? That’s where ElecTriCycle comes in. A company is set up, owns a fleet of electric tricycles, employs drivers, passengers share rides in the tricycles and earn points for each ride. When the points reach a particular level, passengers earn a solar power system for their homes which they pay for with a monthly subscription fee that is way less than whatever they currently pay for electricity. The drivers also earn a solar power system after driving a particular number of miles. Meanwhile, the electric tricycles are charged at solar-powered charging stations located in different localities. Considering how expensive the vehicles will be or solar power systems are, will this idea be feasible? Well, that’s why it’s here, anyone can take it up and assess the feasibility. Let me know if you find out something interesting.

As prize for winning the challenge, we were invited to Stockholm for a 2-day pitch training session facilitated by staff of the Social Entrepreneurship Forum from 16-17 November. It involved series of sessions of how to effectively pitch business ideas to different audiences. There was an inspiration session where a representative of Watty, a smart energy start-up in Stockholm, intimated us with how the company helps consumers smartly manage their energy use.

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There was also a visit to Solvatten, another Stockholm-based startup, that helps people in mostly developing regions of the world get access to clean, hot water for domestic use. Meanwhile, Solvatten is Swedish for “sun water” in the literal sense. The company manufactures black jerry can-looking containers that help purify and heat up up water when exposed to the sun. When we got to their office, we saw hanging on their walls, pictures of President Obama checking out their cool product when he visited Stockholm in 2013. I mean, who wouldn’t proudly tout that kind of picture. 🙂

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After the visit, we took a walk through the famous Gamla Stan to have lunch at the Nobel Museum.

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Later that day, we pitched our ideas to staff of the Swedish Institute at their office, just opposite the Swedish Royal Palace (official residence of the Swedish monarchy). Two valuable days, well-spent in the Swedish capital.

All these are opportunities you get as a Swedish Institute scholarship recipient, even after you finish your Master’s studies. Some of the winners of the challenge have actually finished their programmes in Sweden.

You don’t want to miss this. Call for applications have already been made for the next round. Visit the Swedish Institute website here.

eBook – How To Win A Full Scholarship For Masters

Hi friends, as I’ll soon be releasing the ebook I’ve much talked about, I decided to give you a sneak peek into what to expect from it. I’m going to show you screenshots of some of the content of the ebook. I’m quite excited about it because it contains all the details related to how I applied in the last round for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship and will be very helpful for you.

  1. The eBook contains a link to a copy of the motivation letter I submitted for the scholarship as shown below:

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2. And also contains screenshots of every page of the scholarship online application where I submitted my documents:

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There’s definitely more to expect from the book. And I’ll definitely inform you when it’s released. You can sign up your email address to get the notification firsthand using this link…http://bit.ly/2A4DgWO

Autumn 2018 Master’s Admissions

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On October 16, University Admissions in Sweden opened their online portal for applications for Master’s studies in Sweden for Autumn of 2018. The deadline for making applications as they said on their website is January 15, 2018 while the deadline for paying application fees of 900 SEK (if it applies to you) is February 1, 2018. Only applicants from the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland are exempted from paying application fees.

There’s a lot of information available on the website regarding the process. In Sweden, Master’s applications are not made to individual universities, all your applications should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden which is an agency that organizes all applications for higher education for all Swedish universities. There are also specific instructions for different countries. So, make the effort to study the information on this website like you would do for one of those high-credit courses you had in university. 🙂

By the way, I made a video on Youtube to demonstrate how applying on the website looks like. You can check it out, I’m sure it’ll be very helpful. Here is the link..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LSZ067B340&feature=youtu.be

 

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