Alumni Dena Roberts was so kind to share some inspiring advice from her experience in International Business! Dive into this article with an explorative mind, and maybe YOU could be traveling or working abroad someday!
Name: Dena Roberts
Current Company and Position:
University of Florida, Associate Director of the Masters of Arts in International Business
Major: Tourism Management
Year you graduated: 2007
How did you get into this field?
I studied abroad on a semester exchange in Melbourne, Australia during my junior year and then was recruited at IU to work at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany for a year. Both overseas opportunities were managed by the Tourism department and I truly appreciated the chance to study, work and live overseas. I then decided that I wanted to work with the college population and received my Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. I was afforded the opportunity to work in the University of Florida’s (UF) study abroad office for four years. Recently, I moved into the International Business major at UF.
What is the best part of your current job?
The best part of my job is that I get to assist with leading 2 study tours to Europe every year with our students. It’s wonderful that I’m able to introduce international experiences to students and get to travel international, as well.
Also, working with the students is wonderful. We have great students who are really on top of their career paths. It’s interesting to see where their goals lead them.
What’s the most challenging part of your current position or the industry in general?
The most challenging part of the position is wearing so many hats. You need to be thinking of ways to always be proactive so problems do not arise.
What advice would you offer students who are pursuing a similar career path?
I encourage people to first figure out what they want and what makes them happy. If international higher education is the goal – then I suggest to work overseas for some amount of time and then pursue a Master’s degree. It is also quite helpful to get involved with professional associations.
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