International business

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I am happy to introduce you to Gika, a 3rd year majoring in Finance and International Business with a minor in Marketing!

Throughout her experience at UC she has had the ability to visit over ten countries! Through semester exchange she has spent time at Toulouse Business School in France and Univerza v Ljubljana in Slovenia. While she was in Europe she backpacked through France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic! When asked what her favorite place was she said it was “Vienna, Austria because the city is so beautifully efficient with one of the world’s best transportation systems.” Her favorite country was the Dominican Republic that she also got to visit on a service trip.

With such an amazing experience we asked her how students can get more involved with Semester Exchange and if scholarships are available. If you are in business she personally knew that a lot were offered through them and that “you can always find an external program of your own and work with your adviser to ensure that you get the proper credits.” She mentioned that all your scholarships for a regular UC semester are transferred over as well!

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Meet Jake, a 2014 Alum who received his Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Management and a minor in International Business (that he obtained while abroad in Florence, Italy!). During his time as a student he was a part of RallyCats, Club Tennis, College of Business Tribunal, an Intramural Official and Supervisor, a social fraternity, IFC, and served as a part of ROAR Tour Guides.

Currently, Jake is working in Florida with Sherwin-Williams as an Operations Analyst after completing the Operations Management Trainee Program with them in Chicago. After spending time on several plant committees during his training program and gaining supervisory experience he will now be working at the Winter Haven Facility! He is excited to be able to work for a company that is so many travel opportunities that he can, and has, participated in.

Looking back on his time as a Bearcat his favorite part was that he wasn’t just a face in the crowd, he get to be an active part of the community with the ability to stand out. He was able to get hands on experience, attend a beautiful campus, and take advantage of multiple opportunities to be a leader. It was the sense of family, especially on game-days and any time you “Repped the C”, that made being a Bearcat memorable.

His advice to students looking to follow a similar path is to be flexible and take on different challenges that come your way. Take advantage of co-op and UC’s resources, but also “cherish the opportunities you may experience” during your time here. Everything you do “at UC will help shape the person you will become whether professionally or non-professionally the moment you walk across the stage.”