Meet Kim Ead, UVM’s new Career Counselor for International Students!
Tell us a little bit about your job at UVM.
I am a Career Counselor focused on supporting the growing international student population at UVM. I offer one-on-one counseling, coordinate workshops, and organize career related events to help students build the skills and confidence to enter into the work world.
What are you most excited about with this new position?
I am excited to see people grow and develop the skills needed to take on any new challenge that comes their way. I cannot wait to present workshops that are useful and will help to motivate.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself!
One fun fact about me is that I have traveled to 24 countries and have lived for more than 3 months in 4 of those countries. I have eaten eyeballs, liver, tentacles, frog legs, raw meat, and bugs— I liked some of them
What is one tip you think every first-year student should know as they start thinking about a career?
One tip is to get involved with the university, take on leadership roles, and step outside your comfort zone to build your skills and your resume… that was 3 tips, I am bad at math.
What is one mistake that students might make in the job search that can easily be avoided with practice?
Often students think that applying for a job online is enough. It is not. If you want to get a job you need to network with people in your field as well. There are a lot of people applying for jobs and you want to stand out from the crowd.
What makes international students competitive in the US job market?
International students are competitive in the US job market for many reasons; language skills, provide a different perspective, add diversity to a workplace, are open to new experiences, able to adapt and be successful (as proven at UVM), and are willing to travel.
How can students learn more about Career Center?
To learn more about the Career Center you can go to our webpage (there is a section for international students—under diversity), stop in and see me or pop into the HUB during drop-in hours.