Sheila O’Rear is the international services coordinator in the Office of International Services, a unit within the Office of Global Engagement. In her role, Sheila provides front-line services for international students, scholars and their hosting departments. In such a high-volume office, Sheila has learned how to wear many different hats. The international services coordinator covers many areas, including business operations, budgeting and accounting procedures.
What made you choose this field of work as a career?
I didn’t, it chose me. I really didn’t know what to expect when I applied for this job. Since I have been involved for a number of years in international ministry through many faith-based organizations I’ve been affiliated with, I saw this as a natural progression in the service of humanity.
What do you like most about working in the Office of International Services?
I enjoy the camaraderie and the good vibes I get from all the students. They make me feel that I’ve made a difference in their day by showing kindness and consideration. Our students are uniquely humble and gracious. I love working with my work-study students and watching them develop. It also goes without saying that I genuinely love the people I work with in the office and across campus.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I have yet to have a typical day so I find this question difficult to answer. Most days, I feel like I have been shot out of a cannon and am just trying to keep things in order.
How would you describe your job to someone who is interested in your field of work?
You will have several responsibilities that are outlined in the job description but what you won’t know until you undertake the job are all of the other tasks you take on as an office manager and coordinator. A successful international services coordinator cheerfully wears many hats while being of service to many clients. In my case – 18 staff and a plethora of students. There is so much to learn about this field that it can be very daunting, but the challenge is there to learn if you’re willing.
Learn more about the Office of International Services.