Success Story | Pa Lee, Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development

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Pa Lee
Business and Marketing Education & Human Resource Development, Human Resources and Industrial Relations Minor
Coordinator of Community-Based Learning | Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, University of Minnesota

How did you learn about your current position?
I interned as the Assistant Coordinator in Spring 2011 and I was offered the interim-coordinator position after I graduated. While being the interim, I was notified when the permanent position opened and was encouraged to apply.
Describe your position.
I am the Coordinator of Community-Based Learning in the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. I coordinate the Multicultural Family Literacy Program, where I hire university students to become literacy mentors to tutor and mentor K-8 students with literacy and homework tutoring in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. I provide trainings and have reflective meetings with tutors about the impact of their work in the community.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy working with students and sharing my college experiences with them. I share resources and opportunities with students, encourage them to get involve on and off campus, to take leadership opportunities, and to study abroad. I also enjoy work collaborations with colleagues and working in an intellectual team.
Time management is a challenge working at a large university with so many students to meet, committee projects to complete, and taking care of myself.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
This position fits well with my long term career goal of working in a higher education institution. It is the beginning of my long term career goal in working with students and intellectual teams across campus.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked closely with the CEHD Career Services and my professional mentors to help detailed and perfect my resume and cover letter. I did a lot of research online about job search strategies and possible interview questions. On interview days, I dress appropriately and bring a portfolio of past work I have done. Also, I provide information on what I have learned with my double major and how I can apply those to the position I am applying for.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your job search process?
Networking and informing my professional mentors that I am job searching: they were able to keep an eye for positions and forward them onto me. I also visit the career service center and stay connected to a career counselor for mock interviews and making a decision between going to graduate school or taking a couple of years off to work.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Get involve early in college with organizations/employers that you are interested in working for; volunteer or intern with them. Attend job fairs and networking events to see who are the employers out the in workforce.
Anything else you woud like to share?
“Stay positive and proactive while job searching. Also, stay in contact with motivating mentors and friends who will support and encourage you to not give up. Visit career services often and early and get to know the career counselors like Angie Soderberg and Jeannie Stumne; they will provide you with strategies throughout your job searching process.