Marc Usunier urges aspiring international education professionals to “Jump in with both feet!” when it comes to building their career. “International Education is a relatively small field in Canada, so it really pays off to get to know your colleagues at different institutions.”
Marc is currently the Coordinator of International Initiatives for the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. He’s also a PhD student in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan with an interest in mid-level academic leadership, and the politics of leadership within universities.
As an active member of the Canadian Bureau for International Education and past chair of the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL), Marc knows how valuable collaborating with like-minded professionals across Canada can be. This is why he highly recommends the INTL mentorship program to international education professionals.
Marc joined the mentorship program as a way to give back, and continues to keep in touch with his mentee. For him, the mentorship program was not only a great way to discuss the profession at large, but to focus on areas of mutual interest, and potential opportunities for collaboration.
When asked how he would motivate someone to join the mentorship program Marc replied:
“Mentorship is a two-way street. It’s a great opportunity for both mentor and mentee to learn about different perspectives and different approaches. I learned so much, even as a mentor!”
The mission of INTL (International Network for Tomorrow’s Leaders) is to provide an environment for new professionals and emerging leaders to cultivate professional networks and engage themselves in the community of Canadian international education.