The GTI Mentorship Program aims to connect international students to working professionals in the NC State and local communities. Mentors are part of the PACK (Professional, Accessible, Compassionate, and Knowledgeable). Tim Rhoads works in the field of supply chain consulting. He is the managing partner of Kelekent Systems, Inc. Tim became involved in the program because he has a passion for guiding people who are young in their careers or their roles and has previously mentored college students and new hires during his corporate career.
Tim’s experience with the mentorship program has been positive and beneficial:
“The program is new and evolving, but well organized and managed. A primary objective when I joined the program was for the time invested to be beneficial to both me and the mentee. That objective has been fully met from the very first meeting with Yuantong. The program structure both supports and enables the mentor / mentee relationship, and the time invested, to change focus as appropriate for the relationship. As Yuantong’s schedule and focus changed through the semester and he learned more about the area, we were free to adjust our objectives. Yuantong and I are excited to pursue more objectives as soon as he returns from his summer research project. From resumes to networking to professional references to internships our relationship has grown and opened more options to pursue this semester for our mutual benefit.”
To find out more about the program, visit go.ncsu.edu/GTImentor.
Each semester, as a part of our welcome and orienting activities, the Global Training Initiative facilitates the #GTIcampusrace for new SKEMA students. This Instagram Scavenger Hunt is designed to get new SKEMA Raleigh students active on the NC State campus. With locations like the Career Development Center and DH Hill Library, competitors learn about the incredible offerings of student support services. With locations like Talley Student Union and the Red Terror Bus stop, they learn how to be a part of the Wolfpack family!
Check out our Instagram hashtag to see hundreds of great campus photos: #gticampusrace.
Where on campus?
A challenge for NC State students: “After a class of students wowed faculty by banning hazing of freshmen, this building was named after their class.”
Since the partnership between NC State and SKEMA Business School started in January 2011, the GTI has been working to connect students to the Triangle business community through guest lectures, site visits, and more. Recently, three of the students in SKEMA’s International Business master’s degree program had the chance to present about international technology and purchasing trends to Citrix’s marketing team in Raleigh and overseas.
The SKEMA students: Kevin Gama, Sabine Plass, and Edgar Rabaud were chosen to participate in the presentation to the Citrix team because of their prior work experiences and their high level of engagement in the GTI’s cross-cultural course and activities. GTI staff have previously worked with Citrix’s marketing team to provide insights into cultural considerations when taking their products overseas.
Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.
“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”
Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.
Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!