For her part, Visutthithada’s co-op at Gexpro provided a global perspective. Her work involved working with vendors and making sure parts were delivered on time, keeping tabs on inventory levels, preparing paperwork for imports and exports, and even performing market research for the company.
Originally from Thailand, Visutthithada is majoring in business with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship. She said her co-op provided a strong understanding of how a large company operates and taught her a valuable skill: patience.
“The company has its own warehouse management system, and it took me awhile to get everything down. It was a big learning curve, and there were times early on when I was frustrated. But one day it just clicked,” she said.
Visutthithada hopes that skill will help her in the future, perhaps in launching her own business one day. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is now participating in the Entrepreneurs Club’s Husky Startup Challenge, a semester-long competition that helps students formulate a structure and business plan to turn ideas into successful companies.