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.