first_imgAlthough career prospects are proving dismal for graduates in art programs, some have found innovative ways to stand out in the job market. Estés, who cannot pursue career options as she typically would, said Thornton School of Music faculty and administration have continued to help students in the Class of 2020 advance their careers, such as through associate professor Chris Sampson’s podcast “Joy Sounds,” a program featuring upcoming artists, inviting graduating seniors to promote their music.  “In the face of a crash in the job market or in the face of a recession or anything like that, one of the things a lot of people tend to do is going back to school,” Cliff said. “There’s no jobs, so you might as well be learning.” As an extra precaution, Cliff and her friends are studying to retake their graduate school entry exams in case they are unable to find a job. With the likelihood of low-interest rates on loans during an economic recession, Cliff believes returning to school may be the best option if she cannot get a job offer. “I don’t know that a hiring freeze is necessarily in the future, but it’s definitely possible that state employees could be furloughed as well as county employees,” Cliff said. “As someone who’s looking to work in public service, if the state isn’t hiring, I don’t really have a lot of places to go.” “A lot of public health jobs right now is just needing people to screen individuals at airports and or needing people to administer tests,” Majeika said. “I want to work in public health to prevent things like this, so I was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go do research and inform policy that will make a more just and safe society’ … Now I have to apply to more reactive jobs instead of things that will really allow me to think to the future.” “As a performance major, we’re not specifically going out on the job search like typical students,” Estés said. “For us, it’s really centered around doing shows, networking at events, having people come and see us and then really utilizing online, social media to boost our followings and grow our audiences. So I say [job hunting has] been tarnished in a way by the pandemic.” Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan Now, with graduation ceremonies complete, recent graduates like Majeika face potential unemployment, with many struggling to find jobs amid mass layoffs and hiring freezes. Some are striking potential offers, interviewing virtually, or, in the case of receiving no job offers, preparing to continue their education by applying to graduate school.  Although Evelyn Cliff, who received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, is currently applying to several engineering jobs in the public service sector, she is concerned by the prospect that some state government employers may lay off their workers as budgets are cut during the pandemic. “There are organizations that even though they have a hiring freeze, they still have critical roles that need to be filled if they’re vacant, and they’re applying for exemptions to fill those roles,” Blake said. “Even when you hear, ‘Oh, so and so is taking a hiring freeze’ … you might be able to get one of those opportunities.” “It’s not only that these companies are no longer expanding, but now they have to look at how they’re going to cut costs,” Thur de Koos said. “It’s kind of frustrating that you’re seeing a bunch of people getting laid off because now you’re competing with even more people who weren’t going to be in the job market initially.” “What I encourage our students to do is follow the money … which businesses are doing well,” Blake said. “What I would say to students is take down the blinders — you can look at the Googles and Apples … of the world, but I would also look at those companies that one has never heard of before because that may be where your next opportunity is.” Camila Thur de Koos, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science, has been reaching out to companies recommended by her internship manager but has found no success in her job search since many employers have issued hiring freezes. Along with limited job opportunities, Thur de Koos said navigating the job market has become even more challenging with the increase in job seekers due to recent layoffs.  Despite the economic aid provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, many college students only qualify for funds if they’re facing dire circumstances. Due to federal guidelines, however, of the $19.3 million allocated to USC, aid will not be disbursed to students with specific circumstances that preclude them from eligibility, such as students who are undocumented or international or who fail to make satisfactory academic progress. Although students may face economic issues, including hiring freezes, during the pandemic, Senior Director of Alumni and Student Career Services at the USC Career Center Lori Shreve Blake said graduating students should persist in the job search because employers may issue exceptions to freezes if a role is considered essential.  Although pursuing job opportunities during the pandemic seems futile, Blake, who has experienced two economic downturns during her 20 years working at USC, including the 2001 dot-com bubble and 2008 Great Recession, said students should apply to jobs that are currently in high demand.  “I’m trying to see the silver lining in the situation, which is just more time to hone in on my craft,” Estés said. “It’s sad, but I know we’re going to have our time, so I try not to be too pessimistic about the situation.” Before the coronavirus outbreak, Jarod Majeika, who received a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and disease prevention studies, couldn’t have been less worried about searching for a job after graduation.  But with the pandemic affecting her plans to advance her career through a series of summer shows and a release of two singles, Estés is currently in limbo, waiting on a chance to revive her musical projects.  As USC moved to remote instruction, Ashley Estés, who received a bachelor’s degree in popular music performance, said she has missed various career development opportunities as her major program canceled shows and a final project that would have allowed her to meet potential employers in the music industry.  Unlike recent graduating classes, the Class of 2020 will be entering a job market that may beget an economic recession, with current unemployment exceeding 14% as of April 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor — the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.  While performance majors struggle to further their careers in a virtual environment,  graduates in STEM majors have also been facing difficulties in their job search. “The minute we’re allowed to go outside, I’ll be hopefully back in production … just really pushing my career forward as much as I can,” Estés said. “I love performing, so that’s the ultimate goal.” “I really feel nervous about applying for stuff … because I need money,” Majeika said. “It’s pretty anxiety-inducing that before March, I was kind of like, ‘Oh, I don’t need to look at jobs too much’ but now I’m like, ‘It’s not like I can even find a job now.’”  Majeika said he feels pressured to change the scope of his job applications to improve his chances of getting offers. He is currently focusing on frontline health care work instead of public health policy. With many college students and graduating seniors ineligible for stimulus checks due to their dependent status, Thur de Koos said students face greater financial pressure during the pandemic than others, including small businesses, which receive government assistance.  Sarah Yaacoub contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_imgDrake (19-16, 3-6 MVC) had a three-run third inning, including a two-run home run by freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) followed by back-to-back doubles from Roemmich and Sowa for a 3-0 lead. Story Links Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – A walk-off single by senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) scored freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) to complete the Drake University softball team’s series sweep of Indiana State Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 victory at Ron Buel Field. Preview Next Game: Evansville 4/8/2017 – 2 PM Watch Live Drake will continue its homestand with a midweek game against in-state opponent Iowa on Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. before continuing its MVC schedule with a three-game series against Evansville on April 8 and 9.  Print Friendly Version Live Stats After hitting her first career home run Saturday in the first game, Buie answered with the second of her career Sunday going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored. Sowa recorded a hit in every game this series, going 2-for-3 in the series finale with a double and two RBIs. Senior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) earned her third win of the weekend and moved to 10-11 on the season. Smith pitched seven innings and allowed three unearned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Valley on ESPN3 Indiana State (15-17, 2-7 MVC) answered the Bulldogs runs in the bottom of the fifth with three runs of its own. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic has insisted he is not looking to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.In his column for the Evening Standard, Bilic explained that there has been no truth in reports linking him with a bid for Begovic, who is wanted by Bournemouth.The Croatian, whose side face Chelsea on Monday evening, added that he expects his current keepers Darren Randolph and Adrian to stay at the London Stadium.“We have been linked with many players in the last three transfer windows, including Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic,” Bilic wrote.“In those three windows, though, I have said a few times that the only position in the team I have absolutely no interest in discussing is the goalkeeping spot.“I was happy — and I am still happy — with Adrian and Darren Randolph.“If you ask me whether they will both still be here next season, I would say yes.“You can never be 100% certain in football, of course, and maybe one of them will knock on the door and say he is unhappy but even if that happens, I will try to persuade them to stay at the club.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Nation Brand FAQs

first_imgYou might have heard of nation branding but do not know what it actually means. You may even want to know more about it. In the spirit of Brand South Africa’s upcoming Nation Brand Forum, we present to you the answers to some frequently asked questions on nation branding.What is nation branding?It is about managing a country’s image, usually portraying it in a positive light.What makes up a nation brand?To create a positive image about a country, there are six things that a brand should cover. These are: business, tourism, exports, culture and heritage, governance and people.Who came up with the nation brand concept?British policy advisor, Simon Anholt had come up with the term and the practice of nation branding. He also created the Nation Brand Index, which was launched in 2005, as a way to measure a country’s reputation.How is nation branding different from product branding?Product branding is concerned with promoting a single or number of products or services, which can be very simple. But unlike the branding of a product, the branding of a nation covers many aspects that make up a country. When a foreign tourist thinks of South Africa, the images that immediately come to mind are of wildlife, Nelson Mandela, gold and diamonds. While those are great selling points of South Africa, we know that there is so much more that makes this country great, such as its beaches, its food and most of all, its friendly people.Who is responsible for branding South Africa?It might be easy to say that it is Brand South Africa’s job to create a good image of the country, but in reality it is up to every South African citizen to build that reputation.How can I create a positive image of South Africa?Start by being an active citizen, or in other words, by helping your community thrive. Start a movement, bring your ideas to life or, if you are a sportsperson, coach the children in your neighbourhood. You as a South African have the power to make this country great.last_img read more

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first_imgSerbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. FILE PHOTOTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Jelena gave birth on Saturday evening and their second child will be named Tara, Blic newspaper reported on its online edition.The couple have a two-year-old son Stefan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 30-year-old Djokovic announced in July he would miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.The Serb retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July because of the problem, from which is suffering for a year-and-a-half. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Between mid-January 2015 and June 2016, Djokovic won 17 of his 22 finals played in 24 tournaments. It seemed nothing could interrupt his dominance of world tennis.But for months the Serbian national hero — now fourth in the world rankings — has been a shadow of his former self.Since winning the French Open last year to complete the career Grand Slam, he has failed to claim another major title.He crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round and the French Open in the last eight.Djokovic said in July he would need a couple of months without the racket but that surgery was “not an option”.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Andre Agassi continuing as his coach while he recovers, Djokovic now intends to be ready to start the new season at the beginning of 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey: Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has admitted he’s had frustrating times at the club.Watched by Arsenal this season, Thomas says he wants to be considered by coach Diego Simeone for all of Atletico’s big games.”Sometimes I feel unhappy in Atleti,” Thomas said in a statement to Gol. “To feel happy you have to play the important matches and feel stronger and more confident.”The midfielder declared, in this sense, that he has had a “very good season” so far, “There have been games that I’ve played well.” last_img

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini adamant West Ham will not sell Arnautovic or Carrollby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic will not leave West Ham United this month, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.Both strikers have been linked with moves away from the London Stadium.”Andy will still be here with us, he is an important player for us,” Pellegrini said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Birmingham.”He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”I am also sure Marko Arnautovic will stay here with us. Good players always have offers but that is different to rumours.” last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,331.03, up 7.32 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.11, or 17.08 per cent, to $7.61 on 30.6 million shares.Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Miner. Up two cents, or 11.76 per cent, to 19 cents on 17.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $4.84, or 10.96 per cent, to $49.02 on 12.66 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $4.59 on 6.97 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up two cents, or 2.67 per cent, to 77 cents on 6.9 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up 79 cents, or 7.47 per cent, to $11.37 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.58 per cent, to $3.74 on 5 million shares.last_img read more

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first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The Dawson Creek chapter of 100 Women Who Care, the first chapter of the 100 Women movement to get set up in the Peace Region, will be hosting their fourth meeting this Thursday.The Dawson Creek chapter was co-founded by Annette Jalbert and Chante Patterson-Elden nearly two years ago. The group gets 100 or women to each give $100 to a pool, which is then donated to one of three charities that make a presentation during the group’s bi-annual meetings. On December 1st, 2016 the group hosted its Inaugural Gala which saw 186 women participate. The South Peace Seniors Access Service Society was the group’s first recipient, and received a donation of over $18,600. In April 2017, 216 members participated in the group’s second Gala, where The Ark – Dawson Creek Youth Centre Society received $21,600. The Network Ministries received $16,000 at the group’s third meeting last November. Organizers say that at this week’s meeting, the group will also be starting up registration for the Dawson Creek chapter of 100 Kids/Teens Who Care. The group will be holding registration this Thursday, with their inaugural meeting set to take place this fall.The Dawson Creek chapter of 100 Women Who Care will be meeting at the George Dawson Inn this Thursday, April 26th starting at 6:00 p.m.For more information, email the group at [email protected] or call Annette at 250-784-4321 or Chante at 250-219-4403. You can also join their Facebook page.last_img read more

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