An employer perspective
When considering job applications, Kate looks at a student’s experience, skills and attitude. Her advice: ‘Get involved. Learn a bit more about our company. Draft your résumé and highlight your experience and transferable skills, such as customer service, communication, teamwork and your ability to use technology.’
International student Emily Sun began her journey with Urbanest as a residential assistant. She then joined the customer service team before gaining a part-time position as an account assistant in the finance team in the corporate office.
Employing international students means Urbanest’s workforce has become, ‘more multicultural,’ says Kate. ‘A lot of our residents are here doing their Masters degrees, so we’re gaining smart, switched on members who understand how we operate.’
Emily has even represented the company back in China. ‘She’s basically going home and speaking about the benefits she’s had by living and working at Urbanest,’ says Kate. ‘It’s great for us to have someone that really resonates with the target market.’