Thursday Student Spotlight

Name: Oswaldo Ambrosio '22

Position: BGLTQ Intern

Oswaldo AmbrosioWhat made you apply to your current job while being a student?

As a first-generation, low-income student, being able to work while I study at college is an important part of my life. I applied to work at the Office of BGLTQ Student Life because I could be paid to do work that I’m passionate about there and be supported by amazing queer mentors and coworkers.

Where did you find your job?

I found my job through Harvard student email lists!

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

I balance my schoolwork and work responsibilities by making sure I section off times for both. If I’m at school or doing homework, I am not doing work for the BGLTQ Office and vice versa! Making sure I have a separation between work, life, and school is important to balancing everything. Making sure I have the time for wellness is also incredibly important, so creating a schedule that has that component is also very important.

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

My work is very remote due to COVID, but mostly I spend my time on communications and design platforms like MailChimp and Canva! During regular times, I always did my shifts at the QuOffice in the lower level of Grays Hall. My favorite part of the job is meeting with different queer people around campus!

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

I applied to the Office of BGLTQ Student Life because I wanted to be in tune with the queer community at Harvard. I concentrate in History, so unfortunately, I haven’t gotten the chance to engage with the academic study of gender and sexuality.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? What lessons have you learned that you’ll take with you after graduation?

The most rewarding part of my job is getting to interact with my mentors, coworkers, and other queer people around Harvard’s campus. I’ve learned that surrounding yourself with people you trust and building a comfortable work experience is one of the most important parts of choosing your job. Work environment is just as important as the work itself.

 

Name: Haeyun Lee '21

Job Title: Student Worker

Haeyun LeeWhat made you apply to your current job while being a student?

I love eating out with friends, so I knew I needed a job to sustain my spending habits. I wasn’t looking for a huge time commitment because I was also interested in other extracurriculars, so when I found out about the student worker position at the Office of Career Services (about a 6-8 hour/week commitment), I immediately applied.

Where did you find your job?

I found the job listing on the SEO Jobs database but also paid a visit to the office to speak with the hiring contact (my now manager, Wendy) to learn more about the position. I participated in FYRE as a team leader and actually recommended working at OCS to some of the first-years, who now also work in the office!

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

Because the office is only open from 9-5, this only left a few blocks of time when I could schedule my work shifts. This actually helped provide structure to my schedule, as I was able to allot time for homework between classes and work and leave the evenings for other extracurriculars. I would often find a place to work between my class and the office and study there until it was time for my shift. I think to be successful juggling different commitments, you have to be really efficient with your time, making the most out of any down time and reducing transition times to a minimum. I have also found that work can actually be a nice mental break from classes and studying!

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

Pre-COVID, I would come into the office and check in with the front desk to see if they needed any help getting rooms ready for events or restocking supplies. I would then check in with my manager, Wendy, and help organize reimbursement forms and receipts. My favorite part of my position was making snack baskets, as the office usually had one at every table for students to grab a quick snack while waiting for their appointment. Now that we’re online, I’ve mostly been helping post job listings for Crimson Careers and attending employer events on behalf of OCS.

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

My on-campus job doesn’t relate to what I’m studying at Harvard, but being the Office of Career Services, the people in the office actually helped me land my junior summer internship! When I mentioned that I was preparing for a superday in San Francisco, Deb and Marissa provided me with interview tip sheets and other prep materials for finance interviews. They really came in handy while I was studying on the plane. Attending a lot of the employer events also exposed me to a lot of different industries that I wasn’t aware of.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? What lessons have you learned that you’ll take with you after graduation?

The most rewarding part of my job is helping employer events and career fairs run smoothly. The office works really hard to provide a lot of opportunities for students to explore their career interests, so it’s satisfying when we have a good turnout and both students and employers are happy. I think one lesson I learned that I’ll take with me after graduation is communicating with managers. There were some weeks where I overextended myself and was running late to my shifts. It was really important that I communicated any changes to my schedule as soon as I became aware of them to the people in the office. I think communicating in general is super important to any job, whether it’s about meeting deadlines or giving your team a heads up that you’re running late.