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Chants working abroad

A recent social media campaign titled Chants Working broad made it clear the CCU is well represented across the globe. We asked alumni with international careers to describe how Coastal prepared them to work in a different country and how current students could start laying the groundwork to do the same. As seen on our Facebook page, here are some of the responses.


Eric Barrett
NAME:
Eric Barrett '13
DEGREE:
Master of Arts in Teaching
OCCUPATION:
IB Coordinator
EMPLOYER:
Dunecrest American School
LOCATION:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
HOW COASTAL PREPARED YOU FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER

Coastal Carolina University and the Spadoni College of Education placed me around professionals who provideda foundation ensuring success in many different arenas. Professors continually challenged my conceptions of education and humanity.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

It’s quite simple: travel. Take every available opportunity tochallenge your worldview and “comfort zone.” Leave the fearand ignorance at the airport gate and see the world.


Katie Correia
NAME:
Katie Correia ’09
DEGREE:
Marine Science
OCCUPATION:
Science and Education Manager
EMPLOYER:
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute
LOCATION:
The Cayman Islands
HOW COASTAL PREPARED YOU FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER

I went on a coral reef ecology Maymester course to Jamaica led by Erin Burge, Ph.D., and Eric Koepfler, Ph.D. The course opened my eyes to living, working and thriving in marine science outside of the United States.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Work hard, play hard!


Will Dameron
NAME:
Will Dameron ’15
DEGREE:
B.F.A. Theatre
OCCUPATION:
Freelance Designer / Filmmaker / Photographer
LOCATION:
Hanoi, Vietnam
HOW COASTAL PREPARED YOU FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER

The liberal arts and research portions of the education at Coastal encouraged me to get experience finding ways to gain new knowledge, which has helped tremendously inadapting to new cultures as I’ve moved around.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Branch out! Try new things. College is a great time because you have space to explore and learn with a freedom that you won’t necessarily have again after school.


Dari Wright
NAME:
Dari Wright ’88
DEGREE:
Business Administration
OCCUPATION:
Commercial Banking Officer
EMPLOYER:
HSBC Bank
LOCATION:
London, England
HOW COASTAL PREPARED YOU FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER

Through Coastal’s study abroad program, I met amazing people from all over Europe. I had the opportunity to visit multiple countries and learn that the world is not as big and scary as I thought.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Always be open to new opportunities as there are many paths to get you where you want to go.


Erin Opitz
NAME:
Erin Optiz ’16
DEGREE:
Biology
OCCUPATION:
Marine Mammal Trainer
EMPLOYER:
Coral World Ocean Park
LOCATION:
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
HOW COASTAL PREPARED YOU FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER

A big move that helped prepare me for my international career was changing majors from marine science to biology and identifying what courses would best set me up for success.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Tell someone your goals because you never know what might come from a quick conversation with your professor, coworker or peer in class.