Wondering how you got here? Me too, actually… I guess it all started with my passion for traveling. When I began college at The University of Tampa, I was clueless as to what I wanted to major in or what career path to take… all I dreamed about was seeing the world. I had no idea how to tackle such an ambitious goal, and my resources were definitely limited. After my parents rejected my initial requests to study abroad, I needed to find a way to convince them. I spoke with a few students and professors before finding out about my Universities’ International Business program– BINGO.
Fortunately for me (and unfortunately for my parents), it was a requirement for any student majoring in International Business to complete a study abroad component at some point during their undergraduate studies. This was the opportunity I was waiting for. I had already declared a Marketing major, and could earn a dual degree in International Business & Marketing by adding a few more classes (or many more, as I would later to find out). Hey.. I couldn’t complain, this was my best bet.
…Fast forward three years, and I have now successfully started my journey to see a world much more vast and exciting than the one I was accustomed to growing up in a small town in upstate New York. I have visited countless places, met wonderful people and recently completed a six month internship in London (in my opinion, a much more affordable, authentic and educational way to travel). There I had the amazing opportunity of working full time in the marketing headquarters of an IT services company with offices in 11 European countries.
Although the internship delayed my graduation date by a semester (I did not receive credit for it), the amount I learned working and living abroad surpassed most of the what I had previously spent hours in the UT library studying. While in London I learned how a business operates internationally, how to work cooperatively with individuals from all over the world, and was involved in the planning and execution of global marketing efforts. My first hand experience was truly invaluable, but as expected, I have returned this fall to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Florida.
..Which brings me to this blog. I now know the direction I would like to go professionally, but there is so much more for me to learn! I need to increase my knowledge of the subject and apply the concepts and ideas I study to my past, present and future.
If all goes well, I will be back in London soon officially starting my career. Getting a long-term working visa in the UK is not the easiest task, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes.
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