Sarah Sweeney, King’s College London
It is very helpful to talk to someone a few stages ahead of you in their career, no matter where in the world they work.”
I had a wonderful experience getting to know Nadia through the UCEAP Mentorship Program. We had chats at the pub and over Italian dinners about what we enjoyed (and didn’t enjoy) about our school and work, and where we hope to be in the future. Nadia has worked everywhere from small nonprofits to universities to large government organizations, so she was able to share with me the realities of working in places that are very different in both their goals and structures. Because of Nadia’s wide variety of work experiences, I learned a lot about which type of workplace might be a good fit for me in the future. In addition to work, we also talked about fun things to do in and around London that we would each recommend.
This program enhanced my study abroad experience because I got to meet someone who lives locally and has successfully made the transition from life in the Bay Area to life in London. While I was already considering moving abroad, I was able to envision myself making the move in more detail, because Nadia explained the realities of what it actually entails.
I would recommend this program to any student who is anxious or curious about the transition from school to a full-time career, whether they are interested in working abroad or not. It is very helpful to talk to someone a few stages ahead of you in their career, no matter where in the world they work.