Get to know our Tommies

cole2040   author
A previous blog post featured the Career Development Center.  Another resource that the Career Development Center provides but wasn’t mentioned in the blog, is GoinGlobal. What exactly is GoinGlobal? GoinGlobal is a great database for any student hoping to work abroad. GoinGlobal is  free and open to all St. Thomas students. The most helpful feature are the lists of employment guidelines sorted by country. Want advice and employment guidelines for jobs in Chile? China? Spain? Look no further! GoinGlobal has guides for 43 different countries. GoinGlobal also has advice for those looking for employment in America – offering tips specific to different cities (Including Minneapolis and St. Paul!). This includes interviewing advice, cultural advice, networking groups, industry trends, job search resources and a city overview. They even include a vocabulary list! Additionally, GoinGlobal  provides a list of American companies state that offer H-1 Visas. This is organized by the state. Click here to access this resource. (If you are off-campus you may be asked to provide your UST username and password.) Still unclear on how to use this resource? Make an appointment in the Career Center today! -Jayne, International Admissions
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cole2040   author
This week I would like to introduce Lorna, a psychology major. Lorna met with me to talk about her job in the library and her life at St. Thomas. International students are eligible – and encouraged! –  to find employment on campus. Lorna has some great tips for finding a job! Lorna transferred to St. Thomas in 2014, and she has been working in the library ever since. This job came quite easy to her, as she worked in the library at her former school Some of her tasks include checking out and checking in books, and shelving books. Lorna also serves as a face to the library and is sits at the front desk to answer questions. She works about 17 hours per week. “It’s something to do outside school, and it keeps you busy,” she said. “It helps you meet people and help different people on campus.” She enjoys her job and will use her experience to help get an internship  in the future. Lorna advises students to get a job at the beginning of the semester. “I also suggest following up with your applications. Apply right away and make sure to talk to the employer on campus,” she said. “This shows that you really […]
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tommiesinternational   author
I can not stress this enough, we have a lot of amazing clubs and organizations here at St Thomas. While each club has a faculty advisor, the bulk of club activity is planned, organized, and carried out by the executive board, or e-board, of each club. They are truly by the students, for the students, and can be great platforms for making friends and learning things that can’t be taught inside a traditional classroom setting. Clubs are essential to college life. In order to highlight the different clubs we have here on campus, I’ve become a member of many of them and plan to do a series where I talk about each of them. The first club I’ll be talk about is ASIA Club. ASIA stands for Asian Students in America. While students who aren’t Asian are encouraged to come to ASIA club, the club focuses on Asian culture and issues that Asian Americans face in our country. I went to a meeting on the 18th of October and this is my record of that meeting. Every club meeting always starts with everyone getting lunch. Especially for students who live off campus like me and don’t have a meal plan, free […]
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tommiesinternational   author
St. Thomas is committed to helping international students find employment after graduation, and/or an internship while earning their undergraduate degree. The Career Development Center is a great resource on campus that can help students find internships and jobs. I met with Kristen Murphy, a career specialist who works with international students, to find out more. Students are able to set up appointments with Murphy and other career specialists at the Career Development Center. During the initial meeting, Murphy will help asses the student’s unique goals. Murphy is positive and encouraging – I would recommend setting up a meeting with her, for sure! Murphy says that some important questions to consider when looking for employment are: Do you want to work in the United States or your home country? Are you looking for an internship or a job? What area of employment are you seeking? After establishing the student’s goals, Murphy will work with the student to make sure they have the resources needed. This could include interviewing practice and resume reviews. While many things are same around the globe, often students need to be unafraid of talking about their personal lives. “During your interviews it is important to talk up key accomplishments and experiences,” […]
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tommiesinternational   author
One of the first people an international student meets at St. Thomas is their academic counselor. This person is responsible for registration and helping with the first semesters of school. I met with Chirayu and David, the two academic counselors for international students, about what they do and their advice for academic success. A new academic structure can be daunting. Which brings me to one of the ways Chirayu and David can help: offering guidance and advice for success. Beyond registration tasks, Chirayu and David are great resources to talk to about scheduling needs and any troubles you may be having in the classroom. This is important, as some students may have little experience with higher education, and may be unfamiliar with how to navigate the St. Thomas curricula. They can also sit down and explain to you technological systems that you will need to use at St. Thomas but may not have before, such as Outlook email and Blackboard. Chirayu and David can also help explain differences between studying in the U.S. and abroad, as it is often very different. For example, participation in class is an important part of your overall grade at St. Thomas, and your grade is broken down throughout the course […]
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