On 13th of November, CDIP hosted the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Country Manager (Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal), Ms. Wendy Werner, for a short visit to AUW. Accompanying Ms. Werner was Ms. Rawshan Tamanna, Senior Investment Officer, IFC Bangladesh.
During her visit, Ms. Werner delivered a presentation on the organization and its activities in the region. The presentation was well attended by more than 50 students from various academic levels, curious to learn about IFC, its role & impact in the developing countries and ways to get involved with the organization as current students and fresh graduates.
During the session, Ms. Werner spoke about her educational background, past & current career experiences. She also shared how her proactive and challenge-seeking attitude allowed her to branch out and excel in her career. She then invited Nursat Sultana Kakon, an AUW senior student majoring in Computer Science, to share her experiences as an intern at IFC during summer 2017. Nursat talked about her role as an IT intern and also explained that not only was the internship a great opportunity to learn about the operation of the World Bank through IFC, but also gain new skills through extensive self research and support from co-workers.
During the Q&A session, students inquired about the sustainability initiatives of IFC, the organization’s support for female employees and about transferable skills required for a job. Students were also interested to learn about the best and the most difficult aspects of her job being a Country Manager to 3 countries, and the plans she had of future as an undergraduate student. The session ended with Ms. Werner encouraging the students to create an outline of their preferred job qualities to prepare them for the professional market and to not refrain from taking up challenges and exploring one’s potential.
Following the session, Ms. Werner & Ms. Tamanna joined the CDIP team for a lunch meeting with Dr. Rosie Bateson (Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs), Mr. Bhupinder Gupta (CFO) and Ms. Sanchita Raha (Director of Access Academy and Student Services) to explore ways of collaboration.
Photos from the event can be viewed here.
The Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) is organizing more engagements this SY 2017-2018 through strategic partnerships, mentorships, leadership & career development workshops and professional exposures, among others. For more information, or to start a partnership with AUW CDIP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.