Nicole Ariel Ballou

Freelance Article Writer & Blog Writer

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Location:Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/nicolearielballou
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Career Objective:
I am currently seeking a secure, challenging job that utilizes and expands the various skills I have developed and refined in my years of studying in the USA and Australia and working overseas.

Education:
2003: Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Journalism, Indiana University, USA
2006: Masters of Arts, Humanities, Philosophy, Queensland University, Australia

Employment History:
English Teacher
English Program in Korea (EPIK)
Jeju City, Jeju Island, South Korea
March 2008-March 2011
Responsibilities:
Unassisted curricula creation
Lesson planning
Classroom management/discipline
Winter/Summer English camp curricula creation
Teaching adult, middle school and primary school students
Unassisted teaching
Team teaching
Development of outreach English programs for rural schools and orphanages
Achievements:
Teacher of the Year Award 2010
Refinement and expansion of teaching skills
Learned to work in a team-teaching classroom
Developed communication skills in a very different culture
Reason for leaving:
Obtained partner visa to return to Australia

Journalist/Writer Casual
Jeju Weekly
Jeju Island, South Korea
March 2009-March 2010
Responsibilities:
Presented article ideas
Researched articles
Wrote and edited articles
Achievements:
Journalism experience
Met many exciting Jeju locals and learned about culture
Fully published articles every fortnight
Reason for leaving:
Visa complications because of working a second job in Korea.

Waitress
Nine Irish Brothers
West Lafayette, IN, USA
August 2007-January 2008
Responsibilities:
Costumer Service
Handled Cash
Served Alcohol
Opening/Closing procedures
Achievements:
Communication skills
Save funds for move back to Korea
Customer service skills
Reason for leaving:
Secured the EPIK position, a more professional, government English teaching job in Korea

English Teacher
GDA English Academy
Jeju City, Jeju Island, South Korea
July 2006-July 2007
Responsibilities:
Unassisted curricula creation
Lesson planning
Teaching kindergarten, primary school and middle school students
Teaching children as young as 4 years old for entire morning
Unassisted teaching
Achievements:
How to communicate despite language barriers
An understanding of how to teach English through a communicative method
Highly complimented on teaching style by entire staff (Korean and Western)
Reason for leaving:
Completed one-year contract, wanted to return home to see family

Waitress/Cook/Barista
Three Monkeys Café
West End, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
March 2004-June 2006
Responsibilities:
Handling Money
Team workplace environment
Cooking and preparing food
Customer Service
Making coffees
Serving food and drinks
Opening and closing procedures
Dish-washing
Cleaning
Achievements:
Adapted to a new culture/lifestyle
Learned to work in a team environment
Balanced studying for my MA and work
Reason for Leaving:
Completed my MA study, Australian visa expired

Waitress
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
February 2003-January 2004
Responsibilities:
Cash handling and balancing
Customer Service
Team workplace environment
Opening and closing procedures
Achievements:
Learned many Japanese words for fish, service, etc.
Developing people (customer and co-worker) skills
Reason for leaving:
Completed BA degrees, accepted to the MA program at QUT

Deli Supervisor
Tina’s Cuisine
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
September 2000-June 2002
Responsibilities:
Cash handling
Till Balancing
Customer Service
Receive and prepare large catering orders
New staff training
Opening and closing procedures
Working alone in Deli
Achievements:
Became a manager after only a few months of work
Developed customer service skills
Reason for leaving:
Accepted for Study Abroad program in Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Volunteer Work:
Volunteer Teacher's Aid
Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy
Aurukun, Queensland, Australia
July 2011-now

Volunteer Dog-walker
YAPS Dog Shelter
Cairns, Queensland
April 2011-July 2011

Volunteer
Cape York Partnerships
Teacher's Aide
Aurukun, Queensland, Australia
2011

4th Street Day Care Center
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
2000-2002

Skills and Competencies:
Proficient at Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Statistical Analysis, proficient at SPSS
Basic French, Spanish and Korean language skills

Personal Interests:
International travel
Yoga
Politics/History
Guitar
Studying Languages
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Blog Writing