"Getting involved, building relationships and fostering mutually enriching exchanges has helped me navigate my transition from college to my professional career. While working side by side with Cindy in the E-board of UN Women at FIU, I had the opportunity to foster a supportive and transformative professional relationship with her. Our work together at UN Women translated well beyond the organization and served as an stepping stone to my current role at the World Bank. After graduating FIU with a Bachelors in International Relations, I was certain that the network I had built during my time at FIU was a valuable resource for me to leverage during this transition. This is when I decided to reach out to Cindy, as she was completing her internship at the World Bank. The timing could not have been better! She referred me to a recently published job opening, I flew to D.C., nailed some interviews and within weeks I had the privilege of being selected for the position! Sometimes as young professionals we underestimate the power of networking, but there is no better tool than the relationships we build along the way to help us bridge the gap of where we are now and where we want to be! So go ahead, send the emails, connect on LinkedIn, knock on doors - you never know what is waiting on the other side!"
Paula Mora IT Analyst- World Bank Group
"While applying for a job in the United States I noticed that networking is incredibly important during a job search. The right employee referral can increase your chances of landing a job. In my case, I met Cindy Makita on a trip to India organized by FIU (Florida International University) and we maintained contact afterwards. She reached out to me for a potential job opportunity, asked me if I was interested, and to share my resume (which I did). Right away, she put me in contact via email with the employer and provided brief information about myself. The next day I had a phone interview and right away they scheduled an in person meeting. For an interview, it's important to do some research about the company, be prepared with questions about the position you are applying, and be yourself so you can make a first good impression! Now, I received a job offer and I am incredibly grateful for it."
Christaine d'Orcasberro, Learning and Developmental Specialist- MasterCard