After graduating from an International Business program it was time for me to find a “Real Job”. My dad suggested I sign up for a conference in international trade with the idea of making some good contacts. I followed his advice and signed up for the conference. Before I entered the room I said to myself, “I am going to sit down next to someone who will give me a job”. I looked around the room for a likely candidate and picked a man to sit next to. I sat down and greeted him. I could tell at once that English wasn’t his first language but didn’t feel like it was polite to jump in with my decent Spanish. We didn’t say much to each other the rest of the day.
A week or so later a friend called. She had also graduated from my program and had recently been on a job interview. It didn’t pay enough for her as she was a bit older and had different requirements but she thought it might be a good fit for me. She had had her interview in English and told me everything they covered. I called and made an appointment for the interview at a Foreign Trade Consulate. When I walked into the office for my interview, the Head of the Consulate was none other than the man who I had sat next to! I had my interview in Spanish and got the job!