Day in the life of an international educator | IE career series

Dec 19, 2019    Source: Vivien Lee


Welcome to our career series, where we’re asking international education (IE) professionals to share the inside scoop on the sector.

Soojin Kim shares a day in her life at Royal Roads University. Stay tuned for part 2 where she dives deeper into her career path.

Current role: Coordinator, International Partnership and Mobility in the Office of International Collaboration and Development at Royal Roads University

Designation: Regulated International Student Immigration Adviser (RISIA)

Years in IE: 13+

Location: Victoria, BC

8:45 am – I get into the office with my usual warm latte and check in with my colleagues at the office.  

9:00 am – I start my day by going through emails and organizing my day and to-do-list.

10:00 am – Faculty from the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management and I meet to discuss a new partnership opportunity in Australia and to identify it it’s going to be a fit for Royal Roads University.

11:15 am – I walk back to the office and run into a few peacocks and students. At our beautiful campus, which is also a national historical park, you never know who you are going to run into.

11:30 am – I have a student waiting in my office who wants to go study abroad in fall 2020. We have a quick meeting to discuss the overall process and when to apply for nomination.

12:30 pm – Time to grab a bite before my meeting at 1 pm.  I love eating my lunch on the bench outside if the weather is nice!

1:00 pm – I have a meeting with the Registrar’s Office to go over a completion plan and credit transfer approval process for the winter 2020 term outbound students.

2:00 pm – Back to the office to work on my emails and make a few necessary phone calls. It’s important to have some desk time to get though my emails.

3:30 pm – I have another student who is coming to see me about study and work permits. As a Regulated International Student Immigration Adviser (RISIA), I normally advise on immigration related matters for incoming and outgoing exchange students.

4:00 pm – It’s almost the end of the day. We have a quick meeting with our team about a Global Affairs scholarship. It’s an important part of my job to be on top of scholarship opportunities.

4:30 pm – I have a quick Skype call with our partner who is on the other side of world. Late afternoon is often the best time to have an international Skype call meeting.

5:00pm – It’s already 5 pm! It’s getting dark outside and it’s time to hit the gym to stretch my legs. I’ll definitely feel better after working out!

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