Last Friday, UMKC hosted an event with the International Trade Council titled "Getting Started in a Global Career". This event was held at the new Bloch School of Management Building, and connected students or recent graduates with professionals already in an international career, along with members of the International Trade Council. This organization allows professionals and students to attend events and gatherings focused around the international hub of Kansas City. For this event, it was focused around why, when, and how to begin your global career. They brought in many influential people in this process from the university end including deans, recruitment personnel, and a study abroad coordinator. Additionally, there were several speakers who are already very active in a career around the world, including a man who has been to 35 countries, all for business, to a woman who talks to people around the world daily from her office here in the Midwest. Each spoke about the pros and cons of traveling for work, (since that's the dream of many college graduates looking at an international career), in addition to the overall fascinating scenarios that being involved internationally poses.
With lunch and networking time following the event, students got a chance to mingle with the professionals, to both make contact for future opportunity and to simply ask for advice. I know that I really enjoyed a chance to get to hear exactly what a usual position in this area includes- its interesting how so many positions now include work overseas, but all in a different way. Additionally, I learned a lot from speaking with one of the professionals about different opportunities for the future. Her position was of particular interest to me, and by just talking through my interests and skills with her, it helped me feel more confident that something will be out there for me when the time comes. Until then, I will just keep attending events like this!