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Job Application Tips

Useful Tips

Think of unique experiences that have had an impact on your life and don’t be afraid to talk about your achievements or areas where there is room for improvement.

Companies don’t expect you to know everything about them however they do expect you to know enough to show you are interested in the role. Avoid criticizing previous employers or colleagues, focusing on bad feelings or giving excuses about negative experiences – try to focus on the positives you have taken away from these experiences.

Be poised. A firm handshake, good eye contact, sitting up straight and avoiding nervous habits such as finger tapping and giggling all help to ensure you come across professionally. Stick to the facts. If you’re asked a question and stuck for thoughts, it will become obvious if you don’t tell the truth. If you need to, refer back to your resume or some notes you have prepared.

An interview is an opportunity to confirm whether this is an organization you can see yourself working with. Think about all those questions that you haven’t had answered during your preparation, and come armed with one or two which will allow you to leave the interview in a better position to make an informed career decision.

Remember – most people who are interviewing you have been in your position at some stage recently and understand your nerves. Relax, speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills and let your personality shine.

Drafting your CV      

What to Include:

Objective Statement: While you see objective statements on many sample resumes, they are not required. Objective statements should be clear, precise and succinct. They should make use of specific job titles and specific phrases describing the applicants preferred working environment.

Profile: Many people replace the objective statement with a profile or qualification highlights section that highlights the “soft skills” that do not always make it into resume databases. The profile is a sort of summary of the resume itself, highlighting the applicant’s most impressive skills, abilities and accomplishments.

Education: Name and location of institution, dates of attendance, type of degree, area of study, and special awards. You may include CGPA information if important to the specific position.

Work Experience: Name and location of company, dates of employment, major accomplishments on the job, major responsibilities, name and contact information of direct supervisor, skills acquired. Include paid and volunteer positions (if necessary).

Additional Training or Workshops: if you’ve attended specialized training courses, seminars or workshops, be sure to list these as well (depending upon relevancy).

Skills: Things you can actually do (as opposed to generalized skills – better to let an employer know you have leadership skills from reading your work or training history rather than telling them you have “leadership skills”). For example, software you may know well, systems you may understand, etc.

Referees: You will be required to provide 3 referees one of which should be an academic referee. The other 2 could be a work referee if you have had a chance to gain some work experience, a mentor or someone who knows you well.

Ensure that you get permission from the individuals first before including them as your referees on your CV.

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Details about my book, COMPUTER STUDIES for Uganda – Fourth Edition 2016 by Mukalele Rogers etal

Computer Studies for Uganda cover page.

Book Title:

COMPUTER STUDIES for Uganda – Fourth Edition 2016

Authors:

Mukalele Rogers, Nakayinda Hanifah
Revised by Tumusiime Silbert

 

Description:

‘Computer Studies for Uganda’ is a textbook primarily based on Uganda Secondary School O’ Level Computer Studies Syllabus 840 by NCDC, supplemented with S850 Subsidiary ICT topics so that it caters for that level as well. It covers both Theory and Practical topics for both levels.

In this book, we have arranged all content in an easy to read mode to enable students read ahead, there are a number of activity based exercises, Multiple Choice Questions, essay questions, and practical exercises to enable our students be possessed with enough activity to do. Teachers will find this book very helpful, especially those with big classes in terms of dividing theory and practical lesson time appropriately.

 

The key features of this book include:

• A writing style, language level and page design that are truly accessible for all students.
• An Activity—centered approach to learning that helps students apply theory to real life situations and reinforces knowledge and that facilitates flexibility in teaching and learning.
• A list of computer studies acronyms at the beginning of the book.
• A Glossary of ICT Terminologies at the end of the book.
• An Index feature, referencing key jargons, designed to help students to easily find and understand ICT Terminology.
• Multiple Choice (Objective Questions) and Answers to provide exam practice and help students assess their progress.

• Examination-type questions at the end of every chapter to guide the learners during revision and preparation for Theory and Practical (840/1 and 840/2) continuous and summative assessment.

• The materials are arranged systematically (Unit by Unit according to the NCDC syllabus) and offer some new insights into teaching and learning Computer Studies.
• Any learner who is stranded for want of a teacher can still learn the necessary skills. This book is therefore designed to prepare learners to excel.

 

About the Authors

THE AUTHORS of this book are experienced teachers of Computer Studies, who have dealt with students during hands-on class room and practical laboratory sessions for many years. They have therefore designed this book to specifically address the challenges that hinder teaching and learning computer studies.

 

ISBN: 9789970916504

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Mukalele’s First Radio Talk Show

I was privileged to be a talk show guest on KFM today during the VPN LIVE 9-11am program.

 

The subject of the discussion as quoted from the KFM Facebook timeline was:

With this increasing unemployment especially amongst the youth, what should students know about life after campus, how can one start up his/her own business & what does it take to keep it running? Ben Mwine is joined by Guests: Sarah Namboozo [overall best student -Makerere University], Rogers Mukalele [second best student] , Amis Mugarura [third best], Hannington Ssemwanga [founded Ssonko metal crafts after looking for jobs to no avail] and Jones Kitagaana [Self employed]. Your questions and views will be read-on-air.

It was a great experience, which helped me share inspirational stories and also get new connections!

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2017 Korean Government Scholarship Program for Masters and PHDs

Korea University Students

Applications are being received for  undertaking graduate programs (Masters and PHDs) in Korean Universities on full NIIED scholarship.

Scholarship Purpose

• To provide international students with an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea
• To develop global leaders and strengthen Korea friendly networks worldwide.

Scholarship Period

Master’s course 1 year of Korean language + 2 years of Master’s course requirements
Doctoral course 1 year of Korean language + 3 years of Doctoral course requirements

Qualifications

• The applicant and his/her parents must hold foreign citizenships. i.e Applicants who hold Korean citizenship are not permitted to apply for this program.
• Applicants must be under 40 years of age as of Sep. 1st, 2017 (born after Sep. 1st, 1977).
• Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as of September 1st of the selection year.
* Applicants who have graduated from a university in Korea are not eligible for the KGSP.
Specifically, applicants who have graduated from an undergraduate program, a master’s
program, or a doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program.
• Applicants must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.64 on a 4.0 scale, 2.80 on a 4.3
scale, 2.91 on a 4.5 scale, or grades/marks/score of 80% or higher from the previously attended
institution. If the applicant does not satisfy the above GPA requirements, he/she will be ineligible
to apply to this program.

Scholarship

Airfare Round-trip economy class ticket
Monthly Allowance 900,000 KRW (about UGX 2.6 million) per month
Research Allowance Per Semester 210,000 KRW for scholars in the field of humanities and social sciences;
240,000 KRW for scholars in natural sciences and engineering
Relocation (Settlement) Allowance 200,000 KRW upon arrival
Language Training Fee Full coverage
Tuitions All admission fees are waived by the host institution (university).
The tuition will be provided for by NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (NIIED).
Dissertation Printing Costs 500,000 ~ 800,000 KRW , depending on actual costs.
Medical Insurance 20,000 KRW per month will be provided (limited coverage).

Detailed Documents

Download the documents below for details pertaining the application procedures.

  1.    1-2017 KGSP Application Forms.docx
  2.    1-2017 KGSP Application Guidelines(K-en).pdf
  3.    1-2017 Guide for KGSP at KNU (En).pdf
  4.   1-2017 Guide for KGSP at KNU(brochure).pdf
  5.   2017 KGSP Application FAQs(EN-KO).pdf