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Expats in LA Blessing Children in Need

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Did you know than 22% of all children in the US live below the poverty line?

Organizations like Toys for Tots had distributed in 2011 nearly 16 million toys to more than 7 million children in need.

On Dec 18, my Delali Fianke, my partner and friend at InterNations LA, and I hosted a Christmas Networking Party for 150+ expatriates (from 52 different nationalities) at Suede.

We invited our guests to bring unwrapped toys with them. Our objective was to collect enough toys to bless an entire local charity. We believe that Christmas gifts can change lives for children in need!

Our event was a success, and, thankfully, we collected 3 huge bags of toys.

On December 22, with the help of Faith in Christ MinistriesDelali Fianke (from Ghana), and my friends Damon Young (from the USA) & Jin Ge (from China), and I (from Martinique, France) organized a Toy Distribution for 150 Children and Families in Need.

We were able to distribute all the toys graciously donated by my community InterNations LA (expatriates in Los Angeles).

At one point, we ran out of toys. Thankfully, Faith in Christ Ministries had more toys to donate to its lovely, warm and friendly community.

I am happy  to share with you the Thank you note from the Church and our toy distribution video

Hi InterNations LA community and Jean-Marc,

Our Christmas was merry because of your partnership with us this year at our community Christmas Party. Thank you. Please convey to everyone hope grateful we are. The parents and children had a wonderful time. One of our little boy’s was so excited to see a “black” Santa; you just never know what impresses children.

You captured some great pictures. Again, we are so grateful.

May your New Year be abundantly blessed. Gwynn and Pastor Joe Browne

Blessing all those children, helping one community and inspiring my global mind friends to join a cause bigger than themselves is definitively one of the things I am the most grateful and proud of.

Be Well. Be Safe. Stay Healthy. Inspire on.


Jean-Marc Dedeyne

InterNations LA is a global community in Los Angeles in which Delali and I help 4200+ expats and global minds connect, make new friends and adjust to the Los Angeles lifestyle and American Culture. Want to learn more about us? Watch our 2012 review here and join us here


International Migrants Day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

On 18 December, the UN observes International Migrants Day, recognizing that international migration is a growing phenomenon which could make a positive contribution to development in countries of origin and countries of destination provided it was supported by the right policies.

Here are some interesting statistics and numbers surrounding International Migrants Day:

5 African students studying in the US.

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Please join me in supporting the Dream of this emerging filmmaker as he tells the compelling story of 5 African youths who pursued knowledge at an elite American university, MIT. Over 4 years they discovered engineering, the world, themselves. Help these young people who are working to make their own dreams come true.

Please help us spread the word about a documentary that follows 5 African students studying in the US. Start here




Why Should You Be on LinkedIn?

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Still don’t know why you should be on LinkedIn?

Watch bellow Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn explaining how this platform can benefit your career and your network.

Career Outlook: The Best Graphic Designer Jobs

Monday, December 10th, 2012

By Sarah Owens Sarah loves music, theater, films and books. She is a multi-media guru who is always hungry for information. She is originally from Akron, Ohio, and now calls the Denver area home.

After graduating from graphic design school, you will hunt for a new job. One with a fun work environment and the creative freedom to design new video games, ads or even movies.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers made a median annual salary of $43,500 as of May 2010. Depending on your job, however, you can make upwards of $90,000 a year. By the year 2020, the graphic design field is expected to increase by 13 percent.

Most graphic design jobs ask for a bachelor’s degree, however, more experienced jobs, such as working in the movie industry, could require more schooling. Here is a complied list of some of the best paying graphic design jobs.

Advertising Agencies

Working for an advertising agency will allow you the chance to work on a wide variety of projects and services. If you like working on production and brand strategy, then this will be the perfect fit for you. What you’re working on will be for the masses, so your work on will be seen by many people. As rewarding as this is, it can also be quite difficult and demanding because of the high expectations of clients, long hours and strict deadlines, according to U.S. College Search.

Movie Industry

The best position you can get in the graphic design field is being an animator. Along with a bachelor’s degree, you will need advanced courses in animation — 3-D, advanced illustrations and model construction — according to Graphic Designer HQ. Advanced courses can be found at a graphic design school. Big opportunities can come your way, working with big names like Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks SKG and Disney. Landing a job with the movie industry can get you $79,000 to $100,000 a year.

Set Designer

If you love creativity and the arts, becoming a set designer would be a perfect fit. Being a set designer allows you to create fun and interesting sets for the theater or movie industry. Depending on your employer, you may be able to have full creative access to design sets for Broadway plays like “Wicked,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Beauty and the Beast.” You get to make the audience believe in the world that’s being created by the actors, which can be a very fulfilling job. The salary ranges from $40,000 to $60,000.

Video Game Artist

Do you like to play video games? Then you could mesh well in the video game design field, and lucky for you there are great opportunities to be a video game designer. The salary depends on whether you work for a major, well known video company or if you work for a smaller company.

Publishing Firm

Sometimes, audiences pick up a book based on the cover. Sure, “50 Shades of Grey” and “Twilight” weren’t incredibly interesting to look at compared to romance novels, but it grabbed a readers attention. Working at a publishing firm will allow you to create products for a variety of mediums: books, newspapers, magazines, business directories as well as electronic publications.



2013 Internship USA Trends

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

53% of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012. This is an amazing news as many of you begin searching for your summer 2013 internships!

This number came from the Internships.com survey.

They surveyed over 7,300 students and recent graduates and over 300 companies to uncover how students and employers really feel about internships. They looked back at the 2012 internships season and forward to 2013.

Here are some highlights

Supply and Demand in the Internships Market

53% of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012
65% of companies received more applications in 2012 compared to 2011
63% of 2012 college graduates have completed at least 1 internship

Who Gets Hired: Employers Value Work Experience over Academic Experience

66% of employers believe interview performance and relevant work experience are the most important factors in their hiring decisions
Relevant work experience is more important to employers than strong academic performance
Employers rank college/university preference as the least important factor when hiring interns
Good News for Recent Graduates: 83% of employers would consider internship applications from recent college graduates.

Internship Experience Overwhelmingly Positive: 85% of employers say hiring interns was a positive experience while 86% of students polled say that their internship was a positive experience.

Virtual Internships on the rise: 33% of employers hire virtual interns – a 20% increase from 2011 to 2012, while 71% of students are open to the idea of completing a virtual internship.

Internships are the new interview: 69% of companies with 100 or more employees made full-time job offers to their interns in 2012.

Check out this insightful Infographic.

internships infographic 2012 Infographic: Internships Survey and 2013 Internship Trends
Courtesy of: Internships.com

How do I use My Why to find a job I love?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

In the video below, my mentor, Simon Sinek, shares some insights and tips about using your why to find a job you love.

What does your “why” mean to you? Why should you use your why to find the job you love?

Your why is your single purpose, cause or belief that serves as the unifying, driving and inspiring force for yourself.

As an individual, your Why guides your ideal and most fulfilling decisions, such as finding a job you love, maintaining friends you trust and buying the brands to which you’re most loyal.

Need help to discover your Why? Check out my video. I am giving you 3 simple steps to help you uncover your Why. Click here


How To Find And Do Work You Love

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This is a very inspirational talk with Scott Dinsmore.

Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework – three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community .


I love the things money won’t buy. Zig Ziglar

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Launching an Online Business

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Lewis Howes is teaching how to turn a small business ideas into profitable online businesses with nothing more than a laptop!

This workshop was made possible by creativeLive

Live broadcasting by Ustream