International alumni reflect on their time in SIFE

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To international students, it can seem like networking the US is a waste of time. It can be demotivating when we travel back to our home countries and our US connections cannot help us at home.

We reached out to two of our international SIFE alumni and asked them how they have benefitted by being involved in SIFE. We are very grateful for their feedback!

If you are an international Enactus student, this is a must read for you!

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MauricioMeet Mauricio Segura from Mexico. He graduated from John Brown University with a BA in Accounting & International Business in 2012.

As an international student, how did SIFE prepared you for jobs in your home country?

SIFE is a great opportunity to develop skills not only as a student but as a business leader. Networking is crucial in order to enter the business world and SIFE gave me the tools to develop this skill and grow as a professional. Through networking and my leadership skills I got a position at Nestlé Mexico.

How did you benefit from networks that you built through SIFE when you went back to your home country?

When I started to work with my teammates in Advance Nicargua we got an advisor; Traci Barrios, a Nestlé employee in the USA. I contacted her because I was interested to work for Nestlé Mexico. She sent me the email from a HR manager in Mexico. I applied for a Category Management position and in August 2012 got the position. Even though I went through the normal recruiting process, being recommended by Traci helped the recruiter make a decision.

Do you have any advice for our international SIFE/Enactus students?

The empowerment that SIFE gave me let me turn ideas into action and make a positive impact in society. SIFE gives you the courage to step out and let your imagination and curiosity inspire others. Get Involved!

 

 

KarenMeet Karen Guerrero from Managua, Nicaragua. She graduated from John Brown University in 2008 with a BA in International Business & Business Administration, with minors in Economics & Marketing.

As an international student, how did SIFE prepared you for jobs in your home country?

Through SIFE, I learned a lot about teamwork; it was like running a company. We had a Leadership team, which I am so glad I was part of, we had a set of goals, a vision, mission statement, strategies, projects, etc. It gave me a glimpse of what real work is like, and prepared me for it, while still being at school. It gave me the opportunity to develop leadership and people skills, which are much needed in the work place.

How did you benefit from networks that you built through SIFE when you went back to your home country?

I cannot say that I got a job because of a SIFE connection, it was more because of a Walton connection, but I can certainly say that having a SIFE experience was a plus during my job interviews, it was as if I have had work experience, and it was surely appreciated by my employers.

Do you have any advice for our international SIFE/Enactus students?

Besides gaining all the knowledge and skills, SIFE is a great way to give back to the community and serve the Lord, so do not miss the opportunity of changing lives, empowering people, and serving the needed ones through the projects. Before I got very active in SIFE, my only focus was giving all my best to get good grades. When I started to get more involved, I realized that it should not be about me, about being a good student, so I shifted my focus to serving others through the projects. It required a lot of time, but it was worth the sacrifice. I am so proud of what the team accomplished, projects in Panamá, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, besides the ones in Arkansas. And even with so much of a work load in SIFE, as a SIFE president and presenter, I was still able to do great academically, and graduated with honors.

 

Author: EnactusJBU

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