Tiger Tales: Kayla Butler '15
WIMS Away Shadower at the US Department of Commerce
My experience with WIMs away included two job sites, with Mohamed R. Badissy at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the General Counsel Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and Kera Bartlett at The Clearing. At The Clearing, I learned about what business consulting is and came to understand what Ms. Bartlett does as a consultant. Her job requires her to play a teaching role, helping businesses create better group dynamics and work efficiently toward their goals. The office environment is very open, innovative, and seemed very graphics oriented. She suggested several ideas for distinguishing a resume for applications to internships or jobs. The Clearing’s perspective series presentation was really interesting and I learned about Pecha Kucha, which is something I’d never even heard of before. I felt I learned about different tools for making groups more efficient or dynamic.
At the CDLP I observed how Mr. Badissy’s friendly nature makes it easier for him to connect and read people, which is an integral part of his job as he deals with many different people from many countries. His job requires an understanding of commercial and international law. I think that the most important advice he gave me is to be a “doer”, a person who is able to execute and is willing to do hard work is a valuable commodity. I enjoyed hearing about his government projects in other countries, and his work helping business develop abroad. Working for the government gives their department many resources, however there is not much room for disagreement with initiatives or policy. I had assumed that government work would be boring, and involve a lot of paper pushing, however I found the office to be a very warm environment and a lot of the projects they’re working on are making positive impacts across the globe. He suggested that I take the Foreign Service exam after college, so I could become a Foreign Service officer and have experience living abroad. From talking with other Occidental alumnus over lunch at the State Department, I think that I’ve come to appreciate better the distinction between working abroad and living abroad for years at a time. I think that I would be suited for a job that required travel, but perhaps not living abroad.
Overall I think that I learned a lot from the experience, and feel less apprehensive about all the hard work ahead when I begin to more seriously consider my career path.
-Kayla Butler, '15
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