Showing posts from August, 2011

What You Need To Consider When Taking A New Career Path

Our country is unfortunately in the position of being in a great transitional period. Right now, many people are considering making a change in what they do for their livelihood. This is never any easy step, no matter who you are. Even if you're excited and looking forward to taking your life in a new direction, there are several things that everyone should think about before making a career change. Doing so will better prepare you for this transition and help you get the job in the field you want.

The first thing that you need to do is consider the fields that you're willing to seek employment in and whether or not you're prepared to make that move. Even though you're interested in getting chemical engineering jobs, you might need to return to school so you can get the training you need to get the job. If you're not willing to go back to school, then you should look at jobs that require skills that are similar to your past experience. For example, if you have exp…

Ten questions to you

You may be a student, job seeker or working somewhere. You definitely have some experience in a university or college campus and keeping a career ambition that is driving you further ahead.

We encourage you to share your experience with respect to the following ten questions it would be of much help to many dreaming for better opportunities.

Few commentsSee what others have wrote:

What is your bachelor's degree and why did you know choose that?
BS (Hons), no particular reasonBE. My Father said and forced me to choose this.
If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?
MBA fa sureGosh ! do it all again? I will change my attitude and likeness.

Kuwait said to lift work visa ban on 5 nationalities

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: The Ministry of Interior is said to have issued a directive lifting a ban on the issuance of work permits to five Arab and Asian nationalities by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, reports Al-Nahar daily.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor were quoted as saying that work permits will be issued and also renewed for Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Syrians and Iranians at the end of June, stressing the ban imposed on their residence-related transactions has finally been lifted.

The Interior Minister recently also issued a directive for completion of transactions of all those individuals from these countries who had arrived in Kuwait before the ban was imposed but the immigration officials say they have so far not received any official instructions on the issue.

There is also a ban currently in place on the issuance of visit visas to nationals of these five countries.

No more Omrah visas

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 23: The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Kuwait has stopped issuing visas to perform Omrah or the minor pilgrimage as the period stipulated by Saudi authorities for Omrah has come to an end, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The embassy, however, is issuing all kinds of visit visas.

“We issued more than 275,000 Omrah visas in the last eight months for the residents of Kuwait and Iraq,” said Saudi Ambassador in Kuwait Dr Abdulaziz Al-Fayez.

He added that the embassy is keen on processing visa documents as soon as possible to facilitate the travel of applicants and called on all those desiring to acquire visit and transit visas to submit their applications at the offices accredited by the embassy.

No. of driving licences granted expats to be reduced

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 26: Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed Al-Hmoud was recently quoted as saying that at the beginning of next year a new traffic law will be put into effect, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

He added some modifications are being made to the law. He stressed the main purpose is to control the traffic and reduce violations and accidents.

The new law, sources say, includes a number of procedures to deter reckless driving. This will include doubling the prison term for motorists committing serious offences and reducing the number of driving licenses given to expatriates.

He clarified the traffic violations committed by those who do not respect the law endanger the lives of people. This matter necessitates toughening the penalties. He added the modifications are aimed at confronting the violators not to increase fines.

The coming phase, the minister said, will witness intensive spread of traffic patrols on roads and at traffic lights to monitor the traffic movement …

‘Automatic’ work permits renewal

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Sector at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dosri has announced that work permits of laborers will be renewed automatically from the beginning of September, reports Al-Anba daily.

Explaining the procedure, Al-Dosri said employers will be given a secret code through which the transaction will be finalized. “This will also put an end to the problem of marginal laborers as the secret code will ask for the bank files of employees’ salaries and these will appear on the computer screens of labor departments,” he said.

The step was finalized during the meeting of directors of labor departments and in presence of the executive manager of the automated services project Abdulhakeem Al-Sa’ban, said a source.

In another development, a parliamentary source said the law on compulsory military service has come into effect and added that authorities are diligently making preparations and are looking for a proper location to recei…

India, China trying to find solution to stapled visa issue

India and China are discussing ways to find a solution regarding Beijing's policy to issue stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan said.

"This is the issue being discussed between the two governments. So, that means the two governments are working on it. So, once we have the solution, you will know. We are working on that," Zhang said.

He replied in the affirmative when asked if India and China are "working" to review this policy, which has emerged as a sticky issue between the two countries.

Zhang hastened to add: "This issue (stapled visas) does not hinder our cooperation. Our cooperation is going on very well."

India had last month expressed unhappiness over the issuance of stapled visas by China to five sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh with government sources, saying, "We are still searching for a de-stapler."

The Chinese Embassy had issued stapled visas to five ka…

TWAS Award Scheme

India joins TWAS in promoting South-South cooperation in science through Biotechnology fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral studies
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) ,Govt of India has entered into an agreement with Third World Academy of Sciences ( TWAS) to provide 50 fellowships annually in biotechnology for doctorate and post-doctorate studies to students from developing countries. Fellowship recipients will study at Indian universities and research institutes. The programme will be administered in collaboration with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).The application forms can be viewed and downloaded on the DBT and TWAS websites . Last date for submission of completed Applications to the TWAS office is 31st August of each year.
Introduction TWAS e-Bulletin Issue No.2 June 2009 TWAS Fellowship Brochure Guidelines
Applications Format: Download the application …

Perth man guilty of illegally supplying foreign workers

26 Aug 2011

A Perth man was convicted and fined today in the Perth Magistrates Court for migration fraud and illegally supplying foreign workers to WA businesses.

Today’s conviction is the first successful contested prosecution under the existing employer sanctions legislation and serves as a strong warning to businesses and labour agencies considering employing people without the right to work.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) welcomed the guilty verdicts on two counts of providing false information and two offences of supplying non-citizens to work in breach of visa conditions. The man, who had no previous criminal convictions, was fined $7000.

“It is a serious offence for employers and labour suppliers to allow or refer illegal workers to perform work. The conviction and sentencing of this employment agent is a strong deterrent message to those thinking of doing the wrong thing,” a departmental spokesman said.

The investigation into the man was sparked by an all…

Dubai - How the work permit and residency visa process works

As a foreign citizen one cannot legally work in Dubai without a work permit and one shouldn’t even take the risk even if offered a short-term contract for example. The good news is that employers in Dubai are generally so used to employing foreign labour, that they know the ins and outs of the process required to get their expatriate employees the correct permits and visas in place.

There are number of options to find jobs in Dubai. This includes approaching recruitment agencies – either those locally in Dubai, or those specialising in your profession who have international presence. Some charge a fee, others are of course paid by the employer when they place a successful candidate.

Your other options include specifically approaching companies based in Dubai which may be recruiting staff – you can Google companies within your professional sphere for example, visit their websites and see if they have vacancies. Alternatively you can apply on spec to any companies you would like to …

Australia: Immigration targets unregistered migration advice syndicate

Perth, 25 Aug 2011

A criminal syndicate providing unregistered migration advice to foreign nationals has been shut down following a police operation in Perth early today.

The execution of the search warrants brings to a close a 12-month multi-jurisdictional investigation.

Prosecutions are now under consideration as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) works with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue further action.

“People who practise as unregistered migration agents in Australia are breaking the law and may be subject to fines of up to $6600 or imprisonment for up to 10 years,” a DIAC spokesman said.

The investigation involved DIAC officers with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in which the scheme’s unregistered migration agents claimed to be able to arrange ‘working visas’ for non-citizens.

“Organisers were charging exorbitant fees for unregistered migration assistance, and were also lodging visa applications which contained…

Special U visas fast-track illegal immigrants to residency

The federal government has an unusual fast track to legal residency for illegal immigrants.

Antonio Luna's ticket was a bullet in the back.

The 30-year-old Mexican, who slipped into the United States in 2000, was delivering pizza to a narrow South Philadelphia street on a night two summers ago.

The customer on the steps, in a hat raked low, took his time paying - time enough for another man to leap from between parked cars and thrust a gun against Luna's forehead.

Luna gave up the food, his cellphone, and $140. The first man ransacked his car; the gunman forced him to the ground. "He told me, 'If you want to run, run,' " Luna recounted recently. "I didn't have a chance because he shot me" in the lower back.

Gushing blood, howling in pain, thinking he might die, Luna never imagined how the assault would better not only his life, but also that of his wife and two children.

The next morning, detectives came to his bed at Thomas Jefferson University…

Immigration fraud awareness

City officials discuss new initiatives to cut down on criminals offering fraudulent legal assistance to immigrants.

Foreign shores as bait, immigration firms cheat people

It is the lure of the foreign land, hope for a better life and the ambition to rake in the moolah that has made many people to fall into the well-laid plans of fraudulent immigration companies.

In the past four years, Chandigarh police have registered cases against 12 companies of duping people on the pretext of sending them to foreign shores, with at least 100 people from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh parting with Rs 2.5 crore to these firms.

The latest has been against Scotch Education and Immigration Service Pvt Ltd of Sector 3 in Chandigarh. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy has been registered against its owners Dhaliwal and Seema on a complaint by Yaman Khan that the duo took Rs 2.30 lakh to send him abroad.

But neither was he sent abroad nor his money returned.

Earlier on Saturday, a similar case was filed against Healthyway Immigration Consultants Pvt Ltd, based in Sector 42 of Chandigarh for cheating and forgery.

However, owners Amit Kakkar and Sa…

‘Ensure all immigration agents are registered’

Express News Service, Chandigarh: With more cases of immigration frauds surfacing in the region, the Attorney-at-Law from the United States, Sunita Thereja on Thursday suggested that the Indian government should ensure that all immigration agents are registered so that no one is cheated.

"The immigration sector in India is unorganised, but the government should take control of those who are involved in sending people abroad," Thereja said at an awareness programme on ‘How to prevent immigration fraud’.

The awareness programme was organsied by HOPE (Harmonious Omni-directional Public Endeavour), its national convenor, Pankaj Chandgothia said that frauds by unscrupulous immigration agents had surfaced time and again.

"In the past week, the intensity of such frauds seems to have increased. One of the main reasons, why a person becomes a victim of fraud, is a lack of knowledge about proper documentation and procedure prescribed for various kinds of immigration," he sai…

Israel to provide work permit to Nepali nationals

RSS - KATHMANDU: Israel has agreed to issue employment visa to Nepali nationals. Israel is considered one of the attractive destinations for Nepali citizens chiefly for caregivers and farm laborers.

Israel had stopped issuing employment visas to Nepali nationals some two years ago blaming lack of transparency in the recruitment process. Israel was not happy with the tendency of manpower agencies to charge very high amount from the migrant workers for processing for work in Israel.

The exchange of several letters to regularize the recruitment process in the past two years was finally succeeded, said a senior officer of Ministry of Foreign Affairs with RSS correspondent.

Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the ministry Durga Prasad Bhattarai said the government will start the work respecting the decision to give work permit to Nepali citizens made by the government of Israel. The numbers of Nepali women working in Israel is high compared to the male workers.

Will Recent Franco-German Talks Lead to Lower Unemployment Throughout Europe?

Keeping that unemployment level down when the market itself is plummeting is essential in maintaining a calm and collected citizenry. Just ask Germany, which ranks only behind the Netherlands and Austria as far as unemployment in the Eurozone goes. No, it’s not time to call it quits and immigrate to another continent, attending "South University online" in order to reclaim our livelihoods. But it is time to question why nobody, including the United States and the majority of European member states, seems to be even slightly interested in job creation, or, at best job, salvation as we veer close to a double-dip recession.

It’s time to start putting the European Union to good use. According to the BBC, the Sarkozy-Merkel talks on Tuesday focused mainly on the latter calling for the rest of Europe to balance their books. This is typically German and no doubt an aspect of why they’ve managed to thus far avoid economic calamity at a level equal to the rest of Europe. But let’s b…

Online College Courses Make You a Marketable Applicant More Than You Realize

Those recently graduated with degrees that they earned through online college classes might think they're at a disadvantage in this highly competitive job market. If they do, then they are wrong. First off, there is no reason to even put on your resume that you took online courses instead of traditional ones, so there's no reason potential employers should even be aware of that fact. Secondly, there are a few aspects to an education attained online that are actually extremely positive.

You just need to know how to talk about your online education experience in the event that an interviewer ever asks you to discuss at length your academic background. The following are a series of valid points to make about online education if you're ever asked to talk about it during a job interview:

The Experience Made You a More Independent Individual

Online education is no easy task for those who can't successfully motivate themselves. You're typically emailed by an instructor o…

What jobs would suit me? Careers Explorer

Ask yourself, What can it do for me?

There are number of online tools help to identify your skills and interests which eventually guide to select a career that best suits you. Subsequently, you may register to science jobs website or visit similar sites regularly to get the job or fellowship vacancy announcements.

Careers Explorer is an easy to use program to generate career ideas developed by the University of Kent Careers Advisory Service. By answering job-related questions you can compare your skills, interests and values with common graduate jobs. It will allow you to see which jobs might be worth further investigation as a future career.

You may

Identify what you want out of a job; generate new job ideas and check out your existing ones.Find out what motivates you in a job; identify your skills and what you can offer to the job/employer.See how these match the jobs you are considering.Research your chosen jobs in more detail, compare your options and decide on the right choices…

New H1 Bill pose impact to Green card Renewal?

The H1B is a US visa which is usually provided to any individual, non- Americans. It is an employment based non-immigrants green card that serves the purpose of a work permit, for any highly skilled workers to work for the United States. Specifically, the visa can last only for six years. And, it is a fast and quick alternative for US green card application. However, only employers are allowed to file for H1B visa not the hired individual himself. Of course, all expenses are shouldered by the company.

Certainly, the non-immigrant green card has a lot of benefits for the hired foreign individual. And, this has brought in a lot of technical issue as well to plenty of Americans. The wage is one thing. Hired foreign individuals are cheaper regardless of whether they are skilled or not. Employment status for many Americans is another thing. Thousands to millions of Americans are losing their jobs to foreign workers. These perhaps have raised a lot of misunderstandings to parties.

In Lieu …

Interview Question: What are your Strengths and Weaknesses ?

How do you respond to the question 'What are your strengths and weaknesses' in a job interview? The question may has some variations such as asking for the top 5 or 3 strengths and/or weaknesses or the questions asked separately during different parts of the interview. Sometimes, you may be asked only any one of them like What is your greatest strength? or What is your greatest weakness?

Try to tailor your responses to your specific job or task.

Create an honest list of what you think are your strengths or weaknesses and then pinpoint a couple you can remember. Practice your responses so that they sound natural and you are prepared for the question.

If you need help in answering this question, please ask the expert now. Please do not forget to mention what you believe your strengths and weaknesses below in the comments section.

Job Report and Economy (in the light of US lose AAA rating) - Video

C-SPAN | Washington Journal
Daniel Indiviglio talked about the July 2011 unemployment statistics and what they mean for the overall economy. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Germany looks to migrants to fight labour shortage

The Association of German Engineers (VDI) reported there were more than 76,000 unfilled engineering vacancies in June, up from 30,000 in 2009. The Federal Labour Office says the shortages have spread to include physicians, pharmacists, IT specialists, social workers and other healthcare professions.

A survey by the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) found 32 percent of companies viewed labour shortages as the single greatest risk to their future prosperity -- double the 16 percent that expressed that concern a year ago.

"German companies have increasing difficulties in filling open jobs with skilled people," DIHK president Hans Heinrich Driftmann told Reuters via email.


Immigration is a highly sensitive and politically charged issue in Germany, which with more than 10 million immigrants has quietly become home to the world's third largest immigrant population after the United States and Russia.

Both East and West Germany took in millions of l…

Australian Online tourist visa soon to expand to Chile

12 Aug 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced that citizens of Chile will soon have access to a convenient online tourist visa for Australia.

From 20 September 2011, citizens of Chile can apply for the e676 electronic tourist visa online.

The application process is fast, secure and convenient, and gives applicants the ability to check the progress of their application electronically.

The visa does not require a visa label to be placed in a passport.

A notification is sent to the client providing details of the visa and airlines are able to confirm the visa entitlements through the Advanced Passenger Processing System.

Clients can also, if they wish, print a copy of their visa approval notification email to carry with them whilst traveling to Australia.

For more information about the e676 tourist visa application process, go to

Immigration operation at Sydney markets nets six illegal workers

Sydney, 11 Aug 2011: An early morning immigration compliance operation at Sydney’s Flemington markets located six illegal workers today.

The five women and one man, all in their 20s from the People’s Republic of China, were apprehended following information provided to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) through the Dob-In line.

A department spokesman said all of the illegal workers are being transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre for processing ahead of their removal from Australia at the earliest opportunity.

He said the six people had all previously arrived in Australia on student visas which had either expired or, in the case of two of the women, their subsequent applications for permanent residence had been rejected.

“While student visa holders may have work rights, illegal workers in Australia will not be tolerated and the department actively investigates community reports and takes swift action to apprehend non-citizens without work rights,” the …

Do you face career dilemma?

Three years at university for getting a bachelor's degree and then two years for post graduation can be a very long time but this can get even more agonising when one realises that the time spent training for a career was not useful.

Several young men and women have fallen in this trap only to realise it too little too late. Are you one among them? One such victim says,“Teaching is not for me, my first choice was in something else but I am doing this because there is no alternative”. There are many like this.

A self-assessment may work for you to find whether you are in such a trap. As yourself:
Do you like your course in which you are pursuing? Why you choose the course? What troubles you about that?How do you want this situation to be? What’s stopping you from making that (your choice) happen?What do you need to do to make that happen? What needs to change? What do you need to ask of others? What do you need to change inside yourself?Now that you know what needs to be done, …

Remaining Flexible about Job Location

When most college grads begin looking for jobs, they begin looking in grand cities that have always caught their eye such as New York or Los Angeles, or in comfortable places such as their college or home town. However, today's job market doesn't always make choosing where you want to work a possibility. To make sure they obtain a job, recent college grads should be more concerned with moving for the job, and not having the jobs come to them.

Not only will being willing to relocate provide you with more positions to apply for, but it will also make you more likely to be hired. Companies like to see that kind of dedication. When starting your job search, here are a few tips to keep in mind that may help you become more flexible and more available for a job:

Leave Your College Town

Unless you went to college in a big city such as Chicago, New York, Seattle, or Los Angeles, you shouldn't plan on hanging around after graduation. Most college towns are isolated markets that…

The truth about engineering jobs

You may think it’s a bleak world out there with recession and redundancies. However if you’re an engineer you’re in luck! This is an industry with such a skills dearth that you’ll be able to pretty much pick and choose what job you walk into and what salary you’ll earn – yes, a big one. OK, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea. This is a great career to break into as far as prospects go.

What kind of jobs are there?
If you’re lucky enough to be an engineer, you’ll be happy to hear that engineering is one of the industries with the biggest range of jobs available. It would take a whole day to list all of them. Some of the jobs included in this field are chemical engineer, civil engineer, computer engineer and construction engineer. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. All you need to decide is which route to take.

What does it take?
If being an engineer is so great, why isn’t everyone an engineer? Because it is also tough - extremely tough. You have to have…

Job Opportunities for Foreigners in Vietnam

As an emerging market that has only opened up to foreign investment in the early 1990s, job opportunities for foreigners in Vietnam are far more plentiful than anywhere else in Southeast Asia (except perhaps in Singapore). As a headhunter who once worked in Vietnam, here is a quick rundown of the types of job opportunities available for foreigners and what foreigners should consider when seeking a job in Vietnam:

Professional opportunities. Given the shortages of local professional talent in certain technical or creative fields, foreigners are often hired to fill in the gaps and there tends to be more opportunities for foreigners in certain niche fields.

Teaching English or offering professional training. Given that Vietnamese society was heavily influenced by Confucianism, the Vietnamese place a great emphasis on education and learning. Hence, there are plenty of teaching and training opportunities for Westerners - especially native English speakers.

Visa considerations. Finally, fore…

Wages not keeping up with inflation, say new job stats

New Zealand wages grew at a slower pace than headline inflation, helping support the central bank's view that the jump in the consumer price index shouldn't be used as a reason to hike pay rates.

The labour cost index rose 0.4 per cent in the three months ended June 30, falling short of the 0.5 per cent predicted in a Reuters survey of economists, as state sector staff got smaller pay increases than their private sector counterparts, according to Statistics New Zealand data. Public sector wages rose 0.3 per cent in the quarter while private sector earnings gained 0.5 per cent.

That took annual wage inflation to 1.9 per cent, lagging the 2.1 per cent forecast, and well-short of the 5.3 per cent annual pace of inflation, which has been stoked by the increase in goods and services tax.

Total private sector wage rates grew a faster-than-expected pace of 1.3 per cent in the quarter to $24.28 an hour, according to the Quarterly Employment Survey. That's still below the $33.28 wa…

Canada jobs rise, unemployment lowest since 2008

Unemployment rate falls to 7.2 pct from 7.4 pct in June7,100 jobs added, shift to full time and private sector28,600 people drop out of labor forceJobless rate had peaked at 8.7 pct in August 2009C$ briefly strengthens on the data (Adds details on wage inflation, market reaction)OTTAWA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Canada's unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent in July, its lowest since December 2008, from 7.4 percent in June, though this was due more to people dropping out of the labor market than to job creation.

Statistics Canada said on Friday the economy managed to eke out 7,100 new jobs while holding on to the 28,400 jobs that were picked up in June.

The increase was less than half that expected in a Reuters survey of analysts but was marked by a healthy switch to full-time and private-sector employment.

"Looking beyond the so-so headline, almost every detail in the report is quite strong. We saw solid full-time gains, the private sector accounted for all the job gains and surpri…

U.S. Employment Situation Report for July 2011

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining. Government employment continued to trend down.

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shown little definitive movement. The labor force, at 153.2 million, was little changed in July.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men(9.0 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent), blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no change in July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks declined by 387,000 in July, mostly offsetting an increase in the …

Online scam promises £90k a year jobs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

Foreign nationals are being asked to pay £850 to qualify for non-existent jobs at a Norfolk hospital, it emerged last night.

Health workers in African countries are being sent e-mails promising work as pharmacists at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn - on £7,520 a month.

But bogus contracts sent to applicants warn they must apply through the “British Immigration Service” for their visa and work permit.

Jobseekers are also told they must register with the “Internal Affairs Ministry of the United Kingdom”.

Fake contracts of employment obtained by the EDP state payments for both must be made in advance - see uploaded documents, right.

Last night a spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: “These aren’t official organisations. They are bogus.

“The British government has nothing to do with these organisations and advises not to deal with these agents.

The National Fraud Authority said so-called advanced fee frauds were common, with people being asked to part with money up-front f…

TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences

Under this scheme, grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in the 80 S&T-lagging countries (S&TLCs) identified by TWAS. Deadline: 31 August. 

The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of promising young researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities.
Under this scheme, grants are awarded to individual researchers and research units in 80 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.
The programme aims to: Reinforce and promote scientific research in basic sciences in developing countries;Strengthen developing countries' endogenous capacity in science;Reduce the exodus of scientific talents from the South;Build and sustain …

Only 2 out of 10 employees feel their skills are fully utilised

A survey of almost 4,000 people, conducted internationally by talent management firm Lumesse, revealed that more than 80% feel their skills are not being fully utilised by their employer.

Nearly half of 18 to 25 year old workers said they were already planning a career change, while around half of the most experienced staff surveyed also expect to start a new job within the next five years.

The study also showed that 49% of employees consider their performance appraisal to be of little or no value.

Matthew Parker, chief executive officer at Lumesse, said it was "a pity" that so many people feel their only choice is to switch employer, particularly as the survey found workers were generally satisfied with most aspects of their job.

"If employers can combine that happiness with better career management then the benefits are obvious - better retention, better performance, and higher productivity," he added.

Meanwhile, research from the Hay Group has shown that graduat…

Dubai UAE - Termination of Employment Contract

When the contract is terminated?

It is terminated in the following cases:
- If both parties agree on its termination, provided that the worker's consent is given in writing.
- If the limited contract expires, unless tacitly or expressly extended.
- If the employer resigned the worker or the worker submitted his resignation in the unlimited contracts, provided that each of them shall notify the other according to the law.

I worked with the employer for two years and my contract is limited by (3) years and I obtained a work opportunity at another place ... Is the employer entitled to deduct (45) from my dues for non- completion of the contract of employment?

According to What has been mentioned into these questions:

In all cases and according to the article (116):
If the contract of the worker is with a limited period and he submitted his resignation before expiry of the contract without the reasons provided for in article (121)., the worker shall compensate the employer for What he …

Only One-Quarter of UK Has Seen a Pay Increase in First Half of 2011

Through a series of online surveys, data collecting, and good old fashioned door-to-door, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has concluded that roughly three-fourths of the UK workforce received no pay increase for the first six months of the year. The government’s mandated pay freeze for public servant salaries is part of why the number is so excessively high, but there’s more to it than that. The economy has simply not performed as well as private sector employers had hoped, keeping the majority of pay across both public and private sectors at a virtual standstill.

It might not seem like a justifiable expectation especially during tough economic times, but salary raises are the only way average-income British families are going to be able to combat the ever-increasing cost of living in the United Kingdom. So long as wages stay stagnant the majority of British consumers are going to remain conservative when it comes to spending. As any first-year economics major ca…

Student visa applications on slide in Australia: report

Melbourne: Australia has recorded a drop of almost 63 per cent in offshore international student visa applications from India in the last financial year, according to latest official data. The figures also show an overall drop of 20 per cent in the offshore international student visa applications, media reports said.

The Indian market has been the hardest hit by the fall in offshore applications with a drop of 63 per cent. The June month Immigration Department's quarterly report on the student visa programme revealed that the number of offshore applicants from India dropped from 18,514 in the 2009-10 financial year to just 6875 in the 2010-11 financial year. Apart from this even applications from China, Australia's largest source country for international students, also dropped 24.3 per cent.

Melbourne University higher education expert Simon Marginson said the drop showed the sector was still a way off from a recovery.

"[There is] no sign that we have yet reached the bott…

Irish IT 'needs foreign workers'

IRELAND’S cloud computing dream will go "up in smoke" say experts, as figures show two in every 10 visa applications for foreign workers are being rejected.

Last year there was more than 3,200 applications made to Irish immigration authorities by services sector companies to allow them to employ people from outside of theEU.

However, around 18% of these applications were rejected and according to some of these rejections could have been due incomplete and incorrect applications.

Declan Clune of said this may seem hard to comprehend given unemployment levels in Ireland but she said it is an issue which needs to be addressed to stimulate growth in the economy.

"Without specialist knowledge from abroad we cannot create employment for our own people," he said.

He added that Ireland is already the European data centre location of choice for world leaders like IBM, Microsoft and Intel but as the skills gaps widens in the IT sector, attracting …

Job interview tips: What you're really doing in an interview

Image, Thursday 21 July 2011 10.00 BST

What you're really doing in an interview is living up to your promise: When it comes to interview advice, "just be yourself" is a popular cliché that sometimes makes students roll their eyes. For once, though, the cliché is true. It's natural to be nervous about interviews and waste energy worrying about what you don't know. However, the fact of being invited to an interview is definitive proof that the employer already believes you can do the job. If they thought you weren't good enough, they simply wouldn't waste their energy (or time and money) and on getting to know you.

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