The Importance of Communication

Communication is key in the workplace and in life. We are now living in the digital age, so our way of communicating informally has gradually changed, becoming more text-like in nature. People are prone to shout out abbreviations such as: lol, tbh, etc. And when discussing topics with friends, there is absolutely no need to be formal. Slang is acceptable and one does not need to form complete sentences. However, if one is talking with family (especially an elder) or an employer in this manner, one would likely be given a piece of soap to suck on or (on a more serious note) lose a job opportunity.
Expectations form the way we talk. To communicate effectively, one must talk in a way that coincides with the listener’s expectations. In the workplace, an employer would expect concise, polite, and professional communication. While at home, the expectations are different. One still should maintain a polite form of speech; however there is no pressure to be professional or concise (as that may be considered stand-offish).
In my mentorship, I have maintained a polite and respectful persona. I am still new and, as expected, listening is very important. It’s also important to ask questions to clarify. Right now, I am planning events for International Education Week. I will be relying on my communication skills to email, interview, and call prospective presenters.

“Getting Ready for Your Mentorship” Article Summary 8/20/15

I just read this amazing article on internships by Juliette McDonald entitled, “Making the Most of Your Internship or Co-op”. McDonald discusses the dos and don’ts of the mentoring relationship.
Here are some tips to make a good first impression: be responsible, show up on time, and observe your job environment (to learn what other employees wear, how to address superiors, interactions between co-workers, etc.)
In addition, demonstrate you are a professional by: being enthusiastic, immersing yourself in the industry, reading training manuals, taking initiative, networking with people at all levels in your organization, and building your career portfolio (collect projects, presentations, or other documents that would be pertinent to a future job).
Remember to conclude your internship on a positive note! This includes: personally thanking your mentor for the experience, finishing all projects, leaving contact information (for future job opportunities), returning any company property, and mailing a formal thank you letter to your mentor.

JD Russo’s Talk and Personal Statement 8/13/15

The following is in reference to JD Russo’s talk:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zarli7__Su8     and how his message applies to our upcoming mentorship.

This mentorship is an amazing opportunity. It allows us to experience what our future jobs may be like and how we may impact our community. This is our time to explore the job market and discover our potential roles in it. Russo raised an excellent point when he said that awareness is not enough. As we gain new skills through these mentorships, we must not waste them. I believe that this mentorship will give me the power to make a difference in my community.

Personal Statement: My goal is to encourage international communication and exchange. I will find adventure in the everyday and art in the ordinary to promote cross-cultural understanding. This will be accomplished through insane curiosity, savage creativity, and colossal compassion!

First Steps

This coming year, I’ll be participating in a mentorship program through a local university’s global studies center. The Center manages study abroad programs, international events, and coordinates foreign student and professor visits to the campus. It is also responsible for the Federal Service Language Academy, Military International Programs, International Internships, and International Partnerships. I find it fascinating that such a small college is able to connect with areas from all over the world!

The Center’s mission is to engage with the world to benefit the university’s students, professors, and local community. I also want to engage with the world, as I plan to major in international business and minor in foreign languages.

From this mentorship, I hope to increase my knowledge about study abroad/internship programs and meet international students. I am also excited to gain professional experience so that I may work at a similar job in the future.

Now, the first priority for me is to get off on the right foot! I will start with an introductory email to the Center’s Associate Director this week and attend a staff meeting next week. Should I bring muffins to the meeting or would baguettes be better?

I’m looking forward to learning more about cross-cultural business etiquette!