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Global Alumni Spotlight: Crystal Rose-Wainstock, ’08

Crystal Rose-Wainstock ’08

English Lecturer at Kanda University of International Studies

Chiba, Japan

What has your career journey been like?

I majored in English at UST, and after graduation, I got a job teaching English in South Korea. I used that time to narrow down my career aspirations, and upon my return to the US, I completed an MA in TESL at the University of Minnesota. I taught in the Intensive English Program there for about seven years before taking a job at my current university in Chiba, Japan.

Within my field, as in many fields I suspect, a lot of opportunities arise through connections and people you know. I learned about my current job through an alumni listserv at the U of M. A colleague of a colleague had worked at the university in the past, and that connection got my foot in the door. In Japan, specifically, a lot of positions are filled internally or through networking.

Did you study abroad? If yes, how did it prepare you for living abroad after graduation? Were there any particularly influential experiences? What useful skills did you develop?

I studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the Fall 2005 term. I lived at the UST Bernardi Campus in Rome for the semester and fulfilled some liberal arts requirements while there. That experience was my first opportunity to live abroad, to experience a new place for longer than a week or two. Through this experience, I met one of my best friends, and I think having the opportunity to spend time with people who value experiences abroad was one of the most meaningful parts of that experience.

During this program, I also had a chance to explore my love for language learning a bit more. I think I learned about being independent and open to new experiences during this semester abroad. These skills are really valuable for pursuing a career abroad and working with people from diverse backgrounds. My study abroad experience was really the spark that helped me choose the career path I’ve been on since then.

Do you see yourself continuing to live in Japan?

I have been living in Japan with my partner and son for about 2 years now, and it has been a great experience. However, there is somewhat limited opportunity for advancement in my current field (EFL), and my partner accepted a job in Germany. We will be making the move to Germany in April. I’m excited to move across the world again!

Was the culture change a big shock for you? What tips do you have to overcome this shock?

I think culture shock is a really challenging thing to deal with because you might experience symptoms and not even realize it. When I was living in South Korea alone, I think I had a harder time dealing with the stress of being immersed in a new culture. Living in Japan with my family has been a somewhat easier experience, I think because I am a bit older, more experienced generally, and I have my family to support me.

To overcome these challenges, I would say maintaining a support system of friends or family is really useful. It’s also useful to dive into the new culture a bit, even if it’s uncomfortable. Learning the local language is really useful, and participating in activities outside of the typical tourist attractions is another way to embrace your new environment.

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

 

Career Scoop Update, General Information, Global Alumni Spotlight

Career Scoop for the Week of February 8, 2021

Register for the Virtual MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Registration is now open for this year’s virtual MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, which will be held from 9am – 2am on February 25th. If  you’re a Sophomore, Junior or Senior, we highly encourage you to click here and log into Handshake to sign up for the fair and begin registering for group and 1:1 sessions with employers. Pre-Registered attendees have been emailed, but do not need to do anything special to register. Just click on the links above and sign up!

You must register for these sessions in advance of the fair, and keep checking back for more sessions to be added throughout the month – we cannot guarantee last minute availability on the day of the fair! 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) – Deadline!

Interested in research? UROP provides a variety of grants to undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas to provide funding for research projects under the guidance of a faculty member. They also host the Ignite Research Scholars summer program. The deadline for all summer research opportunities and grants through UROP is Monday, Feb 15 at 10:00 pm.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Networking: Networking is an essential part of any job or internship search, but for many people, just the idea of networking is anxiety inducing! It doesn’t have to be, though, and we’re here to help! With COVID-19 taking networking safely online, we want to provide you with all the best practices for utilizing networking platforms like St. Thomas Connect and LinkedIn, as well as other ways of reaching out to people in your network!  Join us on Zoom TODAY, Feb 8 from 10:00 – 10:30 am. If you can’t make it today, mark your calendar now for our next Networking workshop on Tuesday, Feb 18 from 11:00 – 11:30 am.
  • MNPC Job and Internship Fair Prep Session: Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 25, 2020. This Fair allows employers and undergraduate candidates to meet virtually about job and internship opportunities. If you are an undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, or December 2020 alumni, you should attend this session to learn more about the fair and how to prepare for virtual interactions with employers! Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, Feb 10 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm. Can’t make it this week? We’ll offer this prep session again on Friday, Feb 19 from 3:00 – 3:30 pm!
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing: Does your resume pass the 6 second test? Attend this session to learn some essential resume and cover letter writing tips. Bring your existing resume if you have one. The workshop is on Zoom on Tuesday, Feb 16 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Connect with Employers: If you are an internship or job seeker, you need to make yourself known to employers. There are many campus and career resources to connect you with employers. This session, on Wednesday Feb 17 from 3:30 – 4:00 pm, will review the multiple possibilities. Attend on Zoom and get the inside scoop to move forward.

Global Online Micro Internships

The Office of Study Abroad, in partnership with the Career Development Center and the Bernardi Campus in Rome, is excited to announce the launch of a new Global Online Micro-Internship program! Through these micro-internships, you will build a unique and meaningful professional partnership with an international company, all from the comfort of your own home! 

These non-credit, unpaid internship opportunities will allow you to work with an Italian business on a specific project consisting of approximately 40 hours of work over a four-to-eight-week period.  The skills you gain from a micro-internship will build upon your existing intercultural and digital fluency skills to enhance your resume with intensive, project-based work. Additionally, you will be helping a business grow and succeed, and you will be providing a unique perspective and skillset as an American university student. Click here to visit Study Abroad’s OneStThomas page and learn more!

Employer Information Sessions 

  • Breakthrough Twin CitiesCome learn about how BTC prepares under-resourced students for college success and cultivates the next generation of educators. Thursday, Feb 11 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: click here for the Zoom link to join!
  • Ernst & Young: Accounting majors graduating between May 2021 and May 2023 are invited to EY’s virtual employer chats on Friday, February 12th.  A representative will be available from 12:00PM – 2:00PM. This is a great opportunity to speak one-on-one in a 15-minute session with an EY professional to learn more about the firm, discuss opportunities and personal development, and much more! Learn more and sign up for a time slot here at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Deloitte: Accounting students graduating between May 2023 – May 2024 are invited to Explore Deloitte this spring semester! Explore Deloitte is a series of educational sessions taking place this winter to help students learn more about professional services and explore career opportunities at Deloitte. Please register here and join us on Friday, Feb 12 at 2:00 pm. There will be an additional info session next Friday, Feb 19 at 2:00 pm.
  • RSM: Want to learn more about RSM and their upcoming interview day? Students meet with recruiter and a representative from the firm on Tuesday Feb 16 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Come prepared with a resume or specific questions about employment opportunities. You can learn about their leadership program, internship opportunities, and full-time employment opportunities. Please sign up more than 24 hours in advance.
  • SciTech: SciTech is an internship program that offers paid internships for STEM students at small Minnesota companies. Come learn what types of internships are available, how the program works, how to apply, and what the application process looks like. We’ll meet by Zoom on Thursday Feb 18 between 12:30-2:30 pm. Please sign up more than 24 hours in advance.

Need a Resume Review? Head to February Pop-Ins and Resumania!

  • February Pop-Ins: You’ll need your resume in tip-top shape for virtual fairs and your job and internship searches this spring, and virtual Pop-Ins are one of the best places to have your application documents reviewed! We’ve added extra Pop-In hours in February, which you can see here. Click here and find the link at the top of the page to log on.
  • Resumania! Every Wednesday in February, and the two days before the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, we will be offering virtual drop-in resume review hours. You can find the specific hours here and the link to log on is here.
Career Scoop Update, General Information, Global Alumni Spotlight

Career Scoop for the Week of February 1, 2021

Environmental Internship and Career Fair

The University of Minnesota has graciously invited St. Thomas students to participate in the Environmental Internship and Career Fair on February 5, 2021. Registration for employer group and 1:1 sessions is open, so please check this webpage for registration instructions ASAP!

Resources for Seniors and Personal Branding Workshop

Preparing to graduate this spring? It’s never too early to get started on your post-graduation plans! The Career Development Center has curated a webpage of important resources for graduating Seniors, and in addition to our regular events and workshops we will be hosting special workshops the first Thursday of every month!

Join us for our first “Senior Thursday” on February 4th, at 12:00 noon where we will hear from Dr. Gino Giovannelli on Personal Branding Click here to RSVP for that session. 

Register for the Virtual MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Registration is now open for this year’s virtual MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, which will be held from 9am – 2am on February 25th. If  you’re a Sophomore, Junior or Senior, we highly encourage you to click here and log into Handshake to sign up for the fair and begin registering for group and 1:1 sessions with employers. Pre-Registered December 2020 grads should watch their e-mail for further instructions.

You must register for these sessions in advance of the fair, and keep checking back for more sessions to be added throughout the month – we cannot guarantee last minute availability on the day of the fair! 

Upcoming Workshops and Pop-Ins 

  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing: Does your resume pass the 6 second test? Attend this session to learn some essential resume and cover letter writing tips. Bring your existing resume if you have one. The workshop is on Zoom on Tuesday, Feb 2 from 9:30 – 10:00 am
  • Senior Thursday: Intro to Personal Branding: You’ve heard it before – having a personal brand is important, especially when it comes to your professional life! Attend this workshop to learn more from St. Thomas Marketing professor and Personal Branding expert Dr. Gino Giovannelli. It will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Feb 4 from 12:00 – 12:40 pm.
  • Networking: Networking is an essential part of any job or internship search, but for many people, just the idea of networking is anxiety inducing! It doesn’t have to be, though, and we’re here to help! With COVID-19 taking networking safely online, we want to provide you with all the best practices for utilizing networking platforms like St. Thomas Connect and LinkedIn, as well as other ways of reaching out to people in your network!  Join us on Zoom on Monday, Feb 8 from 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • MNPC Job and Internship Fair Prep Session: Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 25, 2020. This Fair allows employers and undergraduate candidates to meet virtually about job and internship opportunities. If you are an undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, or December 2020 alumni, you should attend this session to learn more about the fair and how to prepare for virtual interactions with employers! Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, Feb 10 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm.

February Pop-Ins and Resumania!

  • February Pop-Ins: You’ll need your resume in tip-top shape for virtual fairs and your job and internship searches this spring, and virtual Pop-Ins are one of the best places to have your application documents reviewed! We’ve added extra Pop-In hours in February, which you can see here. Click here and find the link at the top of the page to log on.
  • Resumania! Every Wednesday in February, and the two days before the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, we will be offering virtual drop-in resume review hours. You can find the specific hours here and the link to log on is here.

Employer Information Sessions 

  • Breakthrough Twin CitiesCome learn about how BTC prepares under-resourced students for college success and cultivates the next generation of educators. Thursday, Feb 11 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: click here for the Zoom link to join!
  • Deloitte: Accounting students graduating between May 2023 – May 2024 are invited to Explore Deloitte this spring semester! Explore Deloitte is a series of educational sessions taking place this winter to help students learn more about professional services and explore career opportunities at Deloitte. Please register here and join us on Friday, Feb 12 at 2:00 pm.

21 Day Racial Justice Challenge

Student Diversity & Inclusion Services is hosting a 21 day Racial Justice Challenge, and it’s not too late to get started. Each day participants are asked to complete several task designed for them to listen, learn, reflect, and take action regarding race, racism, and antiracism. SDIS has been posting daily on social media (@uofstthomassdis) and plans to host a dialogue on Feb 8th reflecting on the challenge.

Global Alumni Spotlights

We are featuring global Tommie Alumni on our blog and social media throughout the Spring semester. To check out their stories and great advice about working abroad, click here, or follow us at @ustcareer on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!