When it came time to find a campus job, Htet knew he wanted to find a work-study experience supporting his fellow Shorelight students. The Myanmar native Htet loves making new connections and loves his adopted home, the University of Utah. Working with fellow international students at the Utah Global office was a natural fit.
Through his work as a student support specialist, Htet is not only building a stronger resume, he’s also making new friends and learning about other cultures. We caught up with him to talk about his work study experience at Utah Global and how he’s helping his fellow international students acclimate and connect on campus.
Q: How did you find your campus job? What was the process like?
Htet: I remember how it felt to be welcomed so warmly and wanted to help other students have as great an experience as I did, so I signed up for volunteering. After working with new international students with their arrival and orientation, I was invited to become part of the team that helps Utah Global students. Now, I am employed part-time as a student support specialist.
Q: What is your day-to-day like?
Htet: I have a busy schedule between classes and assignments and my job on campus. Part of my responsibilities include working with students to answer any questions that come up with their classwork, their housing, or life in general here in Utah.
Q: What do you love most about your work study job?
Htet: The thing that I like most is all the new people I meet, from all over the world. When I talk with these people, I share my experiences and learn about theirs, too. Learning to communicate with people from all different backgrounds is a great skill for my CV and my future in the global workforce.
Q: What are the biggest challenges?
Htet: My job is to make international students feel at home. People come from many different cultures and have different ways of communicating, so it’s all about finding the right solutions to meet every unique situation. I make it a point to follow up with students that need extra assistance to make sure they are getting the attention they need to succeed.
Learning to communicate with people from all different backgrounds is a great skill for my CV and my future in the global workforce.” — Htet, Computer Science 2022, Utah
Q: What is the most important thing you are learning that you might not learn in the classroom?
Htet: I’ve learned that if you look hard enough, you can find the answer to any question. And if you ask questions, people can help you find what you’re looking for. By exploring the resources on campus, I was able to discover services that have helped me develop my career and make the most of my time at university.
Q: What advice would you give to other international college students looking for a campus job or student employment?
Htet: The benefits of doing an internship are many. Getting an internship opens a lot of doors. Typically, once a student graduates and starts looking for a job, having an internship on your resume increases the likelihood of getting hired. I’m so grateful to have learned this early on in my journey.
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