Terra Good graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with degrees in Human Factors Psychology and a Master of Science in Management. She currently works as the Director of International Admissions for ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus.
Discuss your personal background as well as your role as Director of International Admissions.
Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Florida over 25 years ago, so I believe I’m officially now a Floridian! I’m a graduate of Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus with a bachelors in Human Factors Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Management from the ERAU Worldwide Campus. I’m an ERAU Eagle through and through!
I’ve been working in International Admissions for the last 10 years, and my current role is the Director of International Admissions. Our role in International Admissions is to help recruit international eagles from all around the globe and assist them through the admissions process.
How has your Embry-Riddle education and collegiate experience opened doors for you?
Before I started my career at ERAU, I worked at a military simulation company. I remember when I was being interviewed for the job, the interviewer mentioned that he chose my resume and offered me the interview because of my educational background and ERAU’s strong reputation! Needless to say, I landed the job. The Embry-Riddle name goes a long way with employers!
Describe your greatest accomplishment and how it has shaped who you are today.
I guess my greatest accomplishment would be right here at Embry-Riddle! I’m thrilled to say that we have increased our international enrollments significantly over the last five years! Even when other universities have struggled to increase enrollments because of recent economic and political concerns, ERAU has continued to grow a diverse international population. Also, I’ve had the privilege of representing and recruiting for ERAU in over 50 countries around the world.
What are some challenges you encountered in your career and how did you overcome them?
I have definitely survived a couple of layoffs, and was always grateful that my educational background and resume helped me eventually land on my feet again!
What advice do you have for current (international) students to be successful in the job market?
I would highly recommend taking advantage of co-ops and internships! I personally didn’t complete one in my undergraduate program, and I think it took me a little longer to find my first job because of my lack of experience. I’ve seen domestic, and international students, find incredible internships that later led to amazing job opportunities! Also, get out there and network! I know it sounds cliché, but I have landed several jobs because of the people that I knew.
Can you provide a few tips for successful networking for students/alumni?
You should try to attend every Career Fair that you can! Even if you already have a job/internship, it never hurts to practice your social skills. It takes time to develop those skills to feel truly comfortable. Also, find evening networking events to attend where you can further hone in on your social/networking skills!