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Mariama Diallo | 1ibm1 | 2014-2015
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Mariama Diallo | 1ibm1 | 2014-2015

Mariama Diallo | 1ibm1 | 2014-2015

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Module 1

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SWOT Mind map

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Via Survey of Character Strengths

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My SWOT analysis

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Job Ad

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Account manager (m/f)

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Discuss with regard to the IBM end competencies

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Module 2 & 7

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Example of a planning

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Normal week

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Easter until June

Exams

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Module 3 Example of a Structuring Method

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SUMMARY

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Module 4

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Discussion of one trail exam

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Accounting

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Module 5

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Self-reflection: entrepreneurial manager or the entrepreneur?

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Term Reflection

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Final reflection: Korthagen

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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SWOT – Mind map 3
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SWOT – Mind map 3

SWOT Mind map

Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SWOT – Mind map 3

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Via Survey of Character Strengths

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My SWOT analysis

Strengths: I speak five different languages which I consider a substantial

advantage. Knowing international languages such English, French and Dutch is something that I can make a great use of in an international environment. I have

good communication skills and have no problem working in a group. I embrace different cultures effortlessly. I like discovering new things. I can adapt quite easily.

I am hard working and do not give up until I achieve my goal. I am very organized,

patient and forthright. Some of my business related strengths are customer relationship and negotiating.

I have got leadership skills and some experience in starting up a youth enterprise (Vlajo-Mini Onderneming) that I participated in last year in secondary school.

Weakness: My main weakness is time-management. I’m not very good at

and

I often tend to be very slow in executing tasks. I don’t like writing and I get easily uninterested or distracted when I have to read. I am sometimes shy and mostly

planning

indecisive.

Opportunities: I can improve my English by means of reading books, journals,

magazines, watching English television etc. And in the case of writing; blogging will be a good exercise outside of the classroom. The IBM programme is the ideal way to create contact with students from various international backgrounds. My expectation aimed at the course Business for English is to improve my English competences and communication skills, not just business related but in general. I want to broaden my vocabulary and be able to express myself better in writing. I want to learn how to summarize professional information, understand

multicultural communication and develop my writing proficiencies. I’d also like to be able to identify and comprehend business news.

I would like to network more with my fellow students during the lessons by doing

group

activities.

Threats: The threat that I face is not getting the maximum beyond my capability

simply because am very bad at time-management and planning. I can’t make a structured planning which could lead to a more efficient study method.

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Job Ad

Account manager (m/f)

Clipper B.V. nearly has 70 years’ experience in the world of promotional merchandise, gadgets, giveaways

Clipper B.V. nearly has 70 years’ experience in the world of promotional merchandise, gadgets, giveaways and gifts. Throughout the years Clipper has grown into a leading importer and wholesaler who delivers to retailers. It is an international organisation headquartered in the Netherlands with subsidiaries in several European countries. At Clipper you will find everything under one roof: a logistics centre, DTP department and print shop with some 80 machines. Clipper believes in ‘Selling Together’, whereby we help our customers to rake in orders. Clipper is in full flux and offers opportunities to enthusiastic and talented people. In order to achieve our ambitions, we are seeking for the Belgian market (home base Lommel). What we are looking for… An account manager who acts as a link between the market and their own organisation. You will bring Clipper’s value proposition to life and will create added value for both business relations and your own organisation:

- You will be responsible for the management and development of existing customer relations.

- You will further develop the clientele through canvassing. -You will act as a sparring partner for the employer and will support the latter’s staff.

- You are aware of what happens in the market and actively anticipate events.

- You will develop a network within the sector, by aggressively taking part in sector-related activities, inter alia.

- You will support customers in order to maximise returns.

- You actively use social media.

- You will provide the organisation with relevant market and customer information.

- You will work closely with your internal support staff colleagues. What we are expecting…

- Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

- 2-5 years’ work experience in a similar position.

- Bilingual Dutch (on a native level)-French.

- Willingness to travel, you will be on the road at least 4 days a week.

- Entrepreneurship, initiative, commercial-mindedness, self-motivation, presentation, discipline, result-and customer-orientation are

qualities that apply to you. We will offer you… When you are ready for the next step in your career, Clipper offers you a challenging position in which you will definitely explore your own limitations. This is a new job within a healthy and ambitious organisation with an informal culture. You will adapt the position, which comes with loads of growth options, professionally and independently. To support you we will provide you with sales training as well as comprehensive coaching and the necessary tools to be successful. In addition, we will offer you an excellent benefits package, including a fixed salary with bonus structure, company car, smartphone, laptop/tablet, etc., all within an informal and customer-oriented work atmosphere. Are you the colleague we are looking for? Send a cover letter with your CV to the HR department at hr@igopost.com. For further information, please call Ron Boer, sales manager, on +31 64307 2070.

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Discuss with regard to the IBM end competencies

I have chosen this job ad because I see myself doing this job after graduating with a bachelor in International Business Management. The skills that are essential in order to be qualified for the job, are more or less the end competencies of the IBM programme that I’m studying. There are skills that I already have and others that I still need to acquire. However, I believe that upon successful completion of the course, I will have all the competencies required to be fully competent for this job and many other from the same filed. The expectations described in the job profile complement’s my strengths, character and what I would like to accomplish and do in the future. I’m bilingual and can speak different international languages which is very important for the job. I like traveling and I can adapt easily to different cultures, situations and environments. This is a substantial aspect because for the job you have to travel a lot ‘Willingness to travel, you will be on the road at least 4 days a week’. I’m determined, self-motivated, disciplined and curious to learn and develop in whatever I do. But I still have to learn a lot about management and managerial skills and IBM incorporates all these areas to make you the manager for the emerging global markets. The competencies that I still need are: time-management, planning and boldness. For time-management, I try to do any necessary preparations in advance and challenge myself to carry out tasks within a given amount of time. I’ve started making schedules per week to practice my planning skills. I tend to be very shy and self-doubting but because I have to do presentations and participate in talent classes, I’m beginning to get more self-assured and daring. I also have to improve my languages and for this I’ve been writing blogposts in English, chatting with some friends in French and reading.

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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Example of a planning Normal week Below is a weekly schedule of
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Example of a planning Normal week Below is a weekly schedule of

Example of a planning

Normal week

Below is a weekly schedule of what a normal school week could look like. Though, this can change or vary due to unexpected interruptions that weren’t foreseen whilst making the planning. This is actually the second planning that I have ever made. Since October, I have attempted to plan my weeks more and stick to the schedules, but it has proven to be very tough because I’m not accustomed to it.

stick to the schedules, but it has proven to be very tough becaus e I’m not

Easter until June Exams

stick to the schedules, but it has proven to be very tough becaus e I’m not

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8:15 -

10:15

11:45

13:15

15:00-

16:45-

18:30-

20:00

DAYS

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11:30

13:15

14:45

16:30

18:15

20:00

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WEEK

 

17

Mon

               

20

Apr

FDA

FDA

LOGIS

LUNC

H

MANAGEN

T

Tues

           

LOGIS

 

21

TAX

ICC

guest

Apr

speake

   

r

Wed

 

22

 

Meet with group for Sustainably project work

 

Apr

 

Thurs

             

23

Apr

BANK

&

FIN.

BANK & FIN.

Fri

               

24

ECONO.

ECONO

Apr

.

Sat

 

25

 

WORK

Apr

 

Sun

 

26

 

TALENT: revise presentation | summarize Economics

 

Apr

 

WEEK

 

18

Mon

               

27

Apr

FDA

FDA

LOGIS

LUNC

H

Tues

       

TALENT

     

28

TAX

TAX

sustainabilit

ICC

Apr

y

Wed

ICC

       

29

Guest

 

WORK

Apr

lecture

 

Thurs

               

30

Apr

BANK

&

FIN.

BANK & FIN.

Fri

 

01

 

Labour day | Summarize Banking & Fin.

 

May

 

Sat

 

02

 

LIL SISTER B-DAY PARTY

 

May

 

Sun

 

03

 

QURAN Classes | make presentation for tax

 

May

 

WEEK

 

19

Mon

     

LUNC

MANAGEN

     

FDA

FDA

LOGIS

H

T

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May

Tues

               

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TAX

TAX

ICC

May

Wed

   

ICC

         

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May

Thurs

               

07

May

BANK

& FIN.

BANK & FIN.

Fri

               

08

ICC

ECONO

May

.

Sat

 

09

 

WORK

May

 

Sun

 

10

 

QURAN classes

 

May

 

WEEK

 

20

Mon

     

LUNC

H

Preparation for TALENT session: make

mouldboard

11

May

BANK &

FIN.

BANK

& FIN.

LOGIS

Tues

               

12

TAX

TALENT

ICC

May

Wed

               

13

FDA

FDA

May

Thurs

NO

 

14

SCHOO

Summarize Banking & Fin.

 

May

L

 

Fri

NO

 

15

SCHOO

FINAL PORTFOLIO

 

May

L

 

Sat

 

16

Swimming lesson | work

 

May

Sun

 

17

FINAL PORTFOLIO

 

May

 

WEEK

 

21

Mon

     

LUNC

H

 

18

May

FDA

FDA

LOGIS

 

Study ICC test 3

 

Tues

     

LUNC

H

 

ICC test

3

   

19

May

TAX

Wed

 

20

 

Assignment economics | summarize Logistics

 

May

 

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Thurs BANK 21 BANK & FIN. & FIN. May Fri ECONO 22 ICC . May
Thurs
BANK
21
BANK & FIN.
& FIN.
May
Fri
ECONO
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ICC
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May
Sat
23
WORK
May
Sun
24
FDA complete DigiTAAL workbook
May
WEEK
NO LESSONS STUDY WEEK at the Library
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MON
25
Study Ba & Fin.
May
TUES
26
Study Econo.
May
WED
27
Study Management
May
THUR
S
Study logistic
28
May
FRI
29
Study French
May
SAT
30
May
SUN
31
Study Ba & Fin.
May
WEEK
EXAM WEEK
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MON
BANKING & FIN.
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TUES
2
WED
3
THUR
FDA
S 4
FRI 5
SAT 6
MANEGEMENT
SUN
7
MON
8
TUES
ECONOMICS
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WED 10 THUR S 11 FRI LOGISTICS 12 SAT 13 SUN 14 MON 15 TUES
WED
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THUR
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FRI
LOGISTICS
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SUN
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TAX
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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SUMMARY 13
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SUMMARY 13
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SUMMARY 13
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SUMMARY 13
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 SUMMARY 13

SUMMARY

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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Discussion of one trail exam Accounting Trail exam: It’s a first -hand
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Discussion of one trail exam Accounting Trail exam: It’s a first -hand

Discussion of one trail exam

Accounting

Trail exam: It’s a first-hand opportunity especially for first year college students like us to see how teachers formulate their questions and how exams are being structured so that when it comes to the real exam itself, you know what to expect. Haven said that, you have to bear in mind that a trail exam is easier than the actual exam. What I have learnt from taking several trail exams or otherwise known as a mock exams is that, you shouldn’t oversee them as being unnecessary or a waste of time because they aren’t evaluated. Before taking the Accounting trail exam that only covered the first four chapters, I was quite confident that I could handle it well and that I didn’t had to put much effort in studying. I thought that I knew enough to get a passing grade. But during the mock I realised how difficult it was and that I really needed to start studying because the chapters that we still had to see, were much more difficult and totally different from the Belgium Accounting. I expected it to be easy and to score a high grade too, but after the correction, I reckoned that this wasn’t the case. It was difficult and I didn’t have enough time to answer all the questions. I wasn’t prepared and had clearly underestimated the exam. However, I did pass it with (13/20) but if it was the actual exam, I would have failed it because it would have been harder and a lot more in content.

After the exam, I drew the conclusion to take all trail exams serious and to study more.

Having mock exams is an opportunity that you only get once and should always take

advantage of.

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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Self-reflection: entrepreneurial manager or the entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is a person who
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Self-reflection: entrepreneurial manager or the entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is a person who

Self-reflection: entrepreneurial manager or the entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a person who establishes and manages a business that was initiated by him/her, taking on all risks with the objective of making profit. Whereas, an entrepreneurial manager, can be anyone who isn’t necessarily an entrepreneur that has entrepreneurial spirit. I’m not an entrepreneur at the moment because I do not have my own business that I run. But I it is a dream to become one in the future. I’d like to have my own company and be self-employed. In order to accomplish my dream, it is fundamental for me to understand what entrepreneurial skills are as well as what the functions of entrepreneurial managers consist of, by way of developing my proficiencies of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Participating in the talent lesson of professionalization from module 5, gave the opportunity to define whether I consider myself as an entrepreneurial manager or an entrepreneur. Furthermore, it helped me identify some of the entrepreneurial skills that I now have and moreover my deficiencies through the performance of various tests and quiz’s.

After taking several tests, e.g. Forbes personality test, I understood that I’m ‘no natural’:

meaning I am not born an entrepreneur but I’m on the right path to becoming a good manager. Nevertheless, I still need to work on recognising my weaknesses. During the learning session, I learned how to interview effectively, e.g. what types of questions to ask, the dos and don’ts, how to behave etc. these are all important aspects of professionalization that would be useful when executing my work observation because if I hadn’t assisted, I would have probably done it differently, which could have led to a poor or inefficient interview. The session was very educational and interesting.

which could have led to a poor or inefficient interview. The session was very educational and

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Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Final reflection: Korthagen The first semester has gone by way too fast.
Mariama Diallo 1IBM 1 Final reflection: Korthagen The first semester has gone by way too fast.

Final reflection: Korthagen

The first semester has gone by way too fast. In such a short amount of time, I have experienced, learned and accomplished so much. I have seen myself grow academically as well as an individual.

have seen myself grow academically as well as an individual. When I signed in for IBM,

When I signed in for IBM, I didn’t know what to expect. When I attended the introduction day, I was very much overwhelmed and excited about the diversified amount of students that I was going study and work together with throughout the programme. During the semester, I have had to learn how to identify my strengths, weaknesses, face my fears and embrace the opportunity that IBM had to offer, which meant that I had to work with different people from all the four corners of the world whose beliefs, culture, mentality, religion and lifestyle is either similar or completely different from mine. Almost all the course required some assignments or tasks to be carried out in peers or in groups. And frankly, it wasn’t always as simple as it might sound, because when working with different people who has different work ethics, you have to adapt and be able to communicate well so to avoid any dissatisfactions or conflicts. You need to be able to compromise, and I think that this is why the talent & development management learning sessions are very important. The different modules from the course together with the management classes, provided us with so much knowledge and useful information regarding different situations that we are prone to encounter during the programme and later on after we graduate and step out on to the international business world.

Like I mentioned hereabove, my academic skills are improving a lot. My English writing skills where pretty bad at the beginning of the term, but I can see some improvements in my writing, reading, listening and speaking skills by means of doing assignments, tasks and case studies for English for business. I have learned some important and beneficial business skills e.g. negotiation, meeting, interviews, teleconferencing, presentation etc. that are indispensable if you want to be build a career in a global business environment.

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Before this course whenever I had to do a presentation, I would be so nervous and shy, but after receiving positive feedback for my expat pitch that I had to do about one country of my choice, I felt confident and less scared about doing presentations.

Looking back on the past few months, I have learned so much from September till now. I know there’s a long way to go but I’m determined to achieve my goal at the end of the journey. This is going to be an unforgettable experience, making new friends each and every day, writing blogs; something that I had never done before, discovering new cultures and just enjoying each moment with great people.