Albert Williams, Director of Career Services, informed me that, because IGU issues I-20's in order for international students to get their F-1 student visas, 98% of IGU's student population is international. Having held several mock interviews with IGU's students, he felt that many of them could benefit from my accent improvement services.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
While IGU is a for-profit university, Dr. David Y. Sohn, President and CEO of IGU, founded the university with the vision of "providing the most effective education to every human being for their intellectual, professional, spiritual, and leadership development and growth, whether they are young or old, rich or poor, privileged or underprivileged (financially, physically and/or socially), local or remote.
The career fair was very unique compared to others I have attended. Due to its smaller size (both with regards to number of employers and student attendees present), the event felt quite intimate. This is the first career fair I have attended where the CEO and multiple Directors and Deans have attended.
The event opened with an introduction and history presented by Dr. Sohn. Employers were then asked to speak for a few minutes about their company and the types of hires they were seeking. Then students were prompted to speak to employers.
Throughout the event, the enthusiastic Director of Career Services provided networking tips to help students present at their best, making the event an educational opportunity for them. I must say that all the students who approached me that day presented themselves confidently and asked good questions about the process of improving their pronunciation. We focused on how speech clarity affects an interviewer's ability to concentrate on the message an interviewee provides, as well as his or her skills and experience. We also discussed stress and intonation and how they influence people's ability to understand a person when he or she speaks.
Only a half hour into conversations, we were asked to stop and split into two rooms where they served everyone lunch. Upon return, a raffle was held for employers to win prizes (a free lunch, IGU t-shirts, umbrellas and water bottles). The event ended with more student/employer interaction and a thank you to everyone who participated.
The Director of Career Services has asked English Accent Tutor to host a workshop about accent improvement on Friday, July 22nd. If you are interested in joining, please email me and I will inform the Director of Career Services that you wish to attend.
In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about IGU, I have listed some facts below, taken from its website.
Time to complete a program at IGU
Designed length of time required to complete each program ranges from 2 1/2 months (for ESL certificate) to 53 months (for International Bachelor degree students).
Cost, which includes tuition, fees, books and supplies, but not room and board, also have a wide vary depending on the program. These figures are based solely on the designed length of time required to complete each program and may be more expensive if students do not graduate within the designed timeframe.
The job success rates at IGU were measured for the 2014-2015 academic year. Success rates vary by program, but their MBA program appears to be the most popular. Of those that completed the program in 2014-2015, while only "62% finished in 18 months, job placement rate for students who completed the program was 100%." For its remaining programs, IGU cites, "fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2014-2015." IGU notes that the university has withheld the number who finished within the normal time to "preserve the confidentiality of the students."