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My path, my way: Emily's story

09 Aug 2018 - Fiona Raleigh

At Kaplan, we’re proud to say that we are a diverse and welcoming community. Our students come from all around the world, and so do our staff!

Many of the people who work at Kaplan have lived or studied abroad, or both. They each have a unique story to tell, and we hope that sharing their journeys with you will inspire you to follow your path, your way. This is just one of these stories.

Emily’s story

Emily grew up in a small town near Detroit, Michigan, in the USA.

After graduating from high school, Emily went to a US university to study a bachelor’s degree in German and Communication.

During her studies, Emily had several different jobs that sparked her interest in higher education. At her university, she worked in a department called Academic Learning Services. This work experience taught her how to offer support, counselling, tutoring, and additional help for students with disabilities. She also worked in student recruitment, helping future students apply to study at her university.

As part of her degree, Emily had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany for 4 months, which was an eye-opening experience for her.

She says:

“This experience changed my life and the way I saw the world. I was able to travel, meet people from all over the world and experience life as an international student.”

My path, my way: meet Emily

Emily had such a good time living abroad that she decided to move back to Germany once she graduated. After gaining her bachelor’s degree, Emily went to live in a small German town to work as a childminder for a year.

“Living in Germany was one of the best times in my life. Not only did I gain an appreciation of German culture, I became a better version of myself. I experienced a life so unlike the one I had grown up with, and I found myself wanting more.”

From Germany to London

That’s when Emily started to explore her options. She wanted to live abroad, discover new cultures, and maybe even get a master’s degree. Before long, she found a wonderful master’s programme in the most multicultural city she could think of: London!

Emily’s master’s degree was in Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions. She hoped that by completing this degree in London, she could find a job that combined her passion for education with overseas study.

On the very first day of her master’s degree course, Emily met a woman who worked for a company called Kaplan International Pathways. They got along very well and Emily’s new friend told her that she thought Kaplan would be the perfect place for her.

Working at Kaplan International Pathways

One day, Emily saw that Kaplan International Pathways was hiring an Admissions Officer. She applied immediately, and after 3 successful interviews, she was offered the job!

My path, my way: meet Emily

Emily now works in our Admissions team, processing applications for the Africa market. She believes that her own experience of studying abroad, applying for visas and living in a different country helps her to understand international students. This means that if you plan on studying abroad, Emily will be well placed to help you!

Emily's path to success

Studied a bachelor's degree

in the USA

Spent 4 months in Germany

during her bachelor's degree

Studied a master's degree

in London

Got a job with Kaplan International Pathways

as an Admissions Officer

Emily says that her time studying abroad opened her eyes to a world of possibilities, as well as a future in helping international students.

For her, the best thing about her job is seeing students progress to their university degree, and knowing that their pathway course led them there.

“Every day I get to help students find their own path, just like I found mine.”

To find out more about studying abroad and how a pathway course can help you gain entry to a university in the UK, USA, or Australia, read about your education options.

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