STEP Training in Banja Luka

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From December 20-22, 2017 participants of the newly launched Student Training and Empowerment Program financed by the United States Embassy’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina Democracy Commission Small Grants program and implemented by American Councils for International Education office in BiH, participated in a three-day training which enabled them to gain skills they will need to be successful in future job search. Ten university graduate and undergraduate students from Banja Luka and Sarajevo were selected as finalists of this competitive pilot program.

During the intense three-day training held at the “Affirmation and Development Center in BL,” and which was led by expertise instructors, students gained skills in business etiquette, public speaking, basic IT literacy.  They also learned how to make concise, yet effective CVs as well as cover letters which they will use in their future job search, but which will also aid them in the second portion of the STEP program, which is participating in three-month long internships. These internships will be carried out from February until the end of April 2018.

During the three-day training in Banja Luka, participants also had the chance to meet and converse with Mr. Edward Gallagher and Ms. Sutton Meagher from the US Embassy Branch Office in Banja Luka. Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Sutton greeted the participants and gave them valuable words of advice, optimism and encouragement when it comes to the job market in Bosnia and Herzegovina and their future career choices.