All this talk about living life to the fullest and finding a fulfilling occupation has made me kind of pensive lately. I’ve been dreaming up all kinds of ideal careers! Here’s the first one I’ll tell you about.
I volunteered at my university’s International House (i-house) this morning. It was tons of fun. I got to chat up students from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand… you name it! Today was the first day of a whole week preparing international students for their first semester in the U.S. and it got me thinking… I could totally work at a place like this =]
I love meeting people from all over the world, speak 4 languages, am used to dealing with cultural differences, have tons of experience working with foreigners and am used to planning sight-seeing trips/taking care of reception both for friends of mine who fly in and for interns placed in the Bay Area by AIESEC San Jose.
AIESEC and my own love of traveling and making friends with people from the world over have prepared me for this kind of occupation pretty well…
Let’s look at the perks
- Meet students from all over the world (and make friends =] )
- Motivation to learn even more languages!
- Do work that is much more fun than being stuck in a cubicle all week long
- Plan and go on trips all over the Bay Area
- Probably doesn’t pay very well
- Long hours
- Work on weekends
- Event planning (?)
Yeah… I don’t especially enjoy event planning, but I think I should specify. I don’t like to plan big, professional, time-consuming events (like the alumni mixer AIESEC San Jose put on last fall) but smaller-scale events for foreign students are different. Those are more laid-back and I’m used to setting them up so it shouldn’t be a problem.
All things considered, this would be a super-fun job! Now I have no illusions… the i-house’s coordinator was running all over the place and seemed pretty stressed out this morning. She was getting ready for a long week of activities! She also seemed very happy though, like she truly enjoys her job. Maybe I should interview her for a blog post–yeah?
I guess what I need to figure out now is whether there are “i-houses” at universities in Paris!
What do you think? Would I make a good international student activities coordinator?