When I was in college all I wanted to become was a professor of history. As I faced the emerging economic problems of 2008, the goal of going to graduate school and achieving my dream job became less and less of a reality. Instead, I became involved in a tissue culture laboratory as a product manager.

My job search began with a general search on the Internet. I turned in applications on Craigslist and Monster Jobs. Luckily for me, my college also had a bulletin board with relevant job searches. Before I was able to land my current job, I used my college job posting to get a position teaching English overseas. This experience allowed me to gain an upper hand. While I was in China, I spent my after work hours learning Chinese and networking with Chinese businesses in the area. I did not know what I was preparing for, but I knew that as Chinese became the world business language, a background within the culture would be increasingly valuable. After this experience, I finally returned home and had to restart my job search—this time for a “real” job.

 

 

 

 

 

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