My name is Yousra Manar, and I am a senior global management major with a focus in finance and marketing. I am also double-minoring in psychology and music. I currently work as a senior peer career coach for the Center for Global and Career Education (CGCE).
Throughout my college years, I had the opportunity to work in different departments, which allowed for different experiences. In my first two years at Earlham, I worked as a communications & marketing assistant. I realized I wanted to have a job that allows for more individualized interactions with my peers, and I had the chance to become a peer career coach in my junior year. This position allowed me to strengthen my communication skills through coaching students to reach their academic and professional goals.
After a semester off-campus in the Philadelphia program, I came back for my senior year and was promoted to the position of senior peer career coach. This position allowed for more professional development by organizing workshops, leading team meetings, and developing projects that are meaningful to the improvement of the CGCE. This experience directly lined up with my aspirations to work in the business field as it relies heavily on projects and teamwork.
Not only did student employment at Earlham allow me to be proactive in my peers’ daily life through coaching; it also allowed me to explore industries that interest me. In fact, I aspire to work in the entertainment industry, specifically sports or music. Working as an event-operations assistant for Earlham Athletics allowed me to explore what it feels like to work in a fast-paced environment and learn more about the different operations involved in running game days efficiently. Additionally, I was also able to work as a business manager for our local radio station, WECI 91.5 FM, which gave me an overview of what it takes to run a radio station as well as insight into the different regulations and rules regarding broadcasting.
My various experiences on campus shaped my vision and benefitted me by preparing me for my future career. They allowed me to hone my skills, network with my peers, supervisors, and alumni, and gain experience in my specific fields of interest. I am grateful for the student employment opportunity at Earlham that ensured that I stayed proactive by playing a major role in shaping our campus and community.