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#USTLinkedInChallenge Week 1 Recap

We hope you’re finding these prompts helpful and motivational! Below is a recap of the first week of #USTLinkedInChallenge prompts, in case you’re joining late and need to catch up! We can’t wait to see you next Monday for the next update!

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #1: Update your profile. – It’s important to have a profile that reflects your most recent education, work experience, volunteer work, projects, student activities, etc. It’s easy to fall behind in updating LinkedIn, so check in on your profile. Is there anything new you need to add? Things you need to change (proofread for grammar and typos!)? Make these important updates.

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #2: Make 3 new connections! – Have you connected with everyone you know on LinkedIn yet? Coworkers, supervisors, peers, and even family are great to connect with and expand your network! Remember that your current peers and classmates will be your professional peers in the future, so why not connect with them now?!

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #3: Follow 5 organizations or causes. – LinkedIn is a great place to stay up-to-date on what different companies or organizations are up to – you can often find job or internship postings, too! Find 5 organizations, companies, or causes that you are curious about and hit the “Follow” button so that their news will turn up in your newsfeed!

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #4: “Like” the posts of 3 connections. – Having a network only does you so much good if you don’t interact with it! LinkedIn makes it easy to interact with the people your connected to with reactions! “Like” (or celebrate, love, support, etc.) the posts of three of your connections to show that you’re noticing them!

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University of St. Thomas Land Acknowledgement

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, we invite you to reflect on these verses of scripture that offer us guidance in this endeavor:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. James 2:18

University of St. Thomas Land Acknowledgement:

As a Catholic institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth, the University of St. Thomas recognizes that it occupies the ancestral and current homelands of the Dakota people, “Mni Sota Makoce”*. The University of St. Thomas community also recognizes the territory of the Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk whose lands were also colonized by the United States and are occupied by the State of Minnesota. As a country, we acknowledge the actions of our past, our present, and how these actions have developed systems of oppression, rooted in settler colonialism that marginalized underrepresented peoples.

We condemn the acts of evil including genocide and forced assimilation done in the name of white supremacy and the continued oppression of Indigenous peoples on the land that belongs to them. It is our mission to not only rectify these wrongs, but also provide an educational environment for our students, who as morally responsible leaders, will continue to dismantle this legacy of violence and work to support and empower those who have been marginalized in our nation and the world. It is our goal to continue the process of decolonizing the mind and proactively integrating this process into our words and actions.

The Catholic Church and the University of St. Thomas teach that every person is born in the image and likeness of the Creator, and so, has dignity and inalienable worth. It is this belief that underlies all moral teaching regarding the intrinsic value of life, and which underlies the care for the person as the heart of Catholic education. We are committed to the long, yet urgent work of truth-telling and relationship building as we seek a way forward as relatives in the University of St. Thomas community, the Indigenous communities, and those who traverse multiple communities.

*Pronunciation Note:Mni (mnee) Sota (shoh-dah) Makoce (mah-koh-chay)

Global Alumni Spotlight

Global Alumni Spotlight: Kate Jeter, ’00

Kate Jeter, ’00

Former VP, Conference Producction & President, Healthcare Forums at Q1 Productions

Currently Launching a Hybrid Event Company of Her Own!

London, UK

What has your career journey been like?

Following graduation, I took a marketing position in a large, multi-national conference and event production firm in Chicago, called Marcus Evans. Working my way up the ladder within the company, I moved into a leadership position where I was offered, and accepted, a transfer to the Barbados office in 2003. After living in Barbados for 2 years, I returned to Chicago and was hired to start a new event research and production company, where I subsequently worked for 15 years, called Q1 Productions. As part of a corporate expansion in 2009, I moved to London on an intra-company transfer to lead European programming, and I’ve stayed here ever since, becoming a UK citizen in 2017.

In today’s interconnected global and intercultural workplace, what are some of the skills necessary for successful work abroad?

Many of the skills required for a successful international career are equivalent to those required for a successful career anywhere; problem solving, clear communication, self-management and a willingness to learn would apply to any profession, anywhere. Recognizing that workplaces are going to be different and have different ways of doing business – it’s not going to be the same as it was in the US, is especially important in the international context.

What was the best piece of advice you received before you went abroad? / What advice do you wish you had received before you went abroad?

The best advice that I received before making my first international transfer was that I could always return to the US – keeping this in mind, internalizing that a move didn’t have to be permanent can really help to ease feeling of uncertainty. I wish I had also received advice on what I really needed to bring with me – less is more!  

Was the culture change difficult for you? What tips do you have to overcome the challenges?

When I moved abroad the first time, to Barbados, I had a great deal of difficulty adjusting to what I perceived as a slower pace, and I often felt impatient with the more relaxed attitudes, especially towards business. If I could go back and advise my younger self, I’d emphasize the need for greater acceptance and embracing differences, a lot more flexibility, and patience.

Do you see yourself continuing to live abroad permanently or do you plan on moving back to the US in the years to come?

Having lived abroad now for nearly 15 years, it’s hard to imagine moving back to the US, but I’d never say never. With parents, siblings, a host of nieces and nephews, friends and God children back in the US, the draw is strong, but for now we’re quite happy with our life in the UK.

Thank you, Kate, for sharing about your career journey and life in London! Check our Instagram @ustcareer and watch this blog for more Global Alumni Spotlights throughout the semester!