Meet an IEM Newcomer: Johannes Schmied

 

IEM SPOTLIGHT NEWSLETTER, VOL. 14, Summer ISSUE - August 2017

Johannes Schmied

Immigration Compliance Coordinator and International Enrollment Manager, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Where I live: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Where I was born: Hartberg, Austria

Family: I live with my 3-year-old daughter in Wisconsin; all other family members live in Europe.

Education: I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and environmental system science from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria. I also did a year as an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

First job: Project manager at the Graz University of Technology in Austria.

Career: I began my career in international education at the University of Applied Sciences-Wiener Neustadt, Austria. There, I was a project manager for the European Sales Competition and led the International Student Orientation week. After moving to the United States, I volunteered at AFS-USA and then started my current position at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh about a year ago.

How I got where I am today: Volunteering during International Student Orientation weeks and state conferences, networking, and applying for job openings. Taking it a step at a time and being patient with my goals and always giving 100 percent to each job.

First NAFSA Conference: The 2017 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California, but I also attended NAFSA’s Advocacy Day this year.

Favorite NAFSA moment: Meeting with two of my advisers from Austria who had sent me abroad when I was a student. I loved sharing how my life’s focus has shifted ever since I studied abroad.

Best career advice: Work with people who put trust in you and challenge you. If you perform well, your supervisor(s) will show that they value your work. If they don’t, others will.

A quotation I like: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

These are a few of my favorite things: Spending time with my daughter, bicycling, board games, any kind of fruit, sustainable living, and deepening friendships.

These are not: Selfishness, watching TV, xenophobia.

Why I work in international higher education: Because my experience studying abroad has opened the door to the world for me, and I love providing support to international students prior to and during these challenging and exciting times.


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