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Want a promotion? It’s time to get a new hobby!

Have you seen those guys getting a promotion just because they discuss football with your boss? Your blood should be boiling by now – unless you are one of them. How can your boss be so unfair and prioritize his own hobby giving the promotion to your co-worker who can talk about football the whole day long – and not YOU, who worked from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the last 6 months straight?! This is just psychology, my dear – and so far it has been working against you.

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TOEFL iBT vs. IELTS: one simple difference

I read plenty of articles before making my decision, which exam to take for a European Master program. Some of my colleagues with a high English proficiency told me that the TOEFL iBT required in Europe proportionally higher scores than IELTS, as TOEFL iBT is an American exam. Furthermore, TOEFL iBT would be more helpful if one decides to study in the USA.

You know what? My English was really bad when I decided to take the exam. Probably, it was a Pre-Intermediate level – and I needed scores for at least an Upper-Intermediate level. As I was preparing myself for an international Master from the Erasmus Mundus pool, which requires less English knowledge as it was created for students from the third countries, the minimum passing scores for programs were TOEFL iBT 80 for Environmental Science and TOEFL iBT 90 for very simple programs in Economics. There was, however, a program about Mathematical Modeling, which required only TOEFL iBT 75…

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Motivation for beginners

The magical word „motivation“

This magical word “motivation”: so easy to understand for my American and European colleagues, and so difficult for Russians and those from CIS countries. So, what does this “motivation” mean and why is it so important for your future career?

Somehow, the popular websites, at least in Russia, present motivation as some kind of magical force, which you need to find in the depth of your soul in order to do something – lose weight, go to work, get better grades etc. It seems to be independent from yourself, like the keys from your car, and you need to find it in order to use it.

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