3. I worked as an hourly translator for Harvard Business School professors
As the same time, I signed up to be a translator at Harvard Business School for several professors who was hosting professionals from China. There is huge interest in classes at Harvard Business School with regardings to finance, law and economics. I conducted research online, found one of the school job boards which was looking for fluent Mandarin speakers, went through a 3 round interview process and got the job. The job was great as it had a hourly wage of $50 per hours due to the technical translation needed. I put in hours preparing for the various translation jobs in between classes I was taking on my own, and was able to save money to cover my school fees. 4. I signed up as an advisor and mentor for Harvard college students
Finally, I also signed up as a advisor at Adams House
at Harvard College, which was the house to alumni including Henry Kissinger, Andy Borowitz, and more. I served as an advisor, where I met with many students, who I count as friends today, including Noah, who is an amazing engineer today, Christina, who used to compete in the Olympics for the United States in figure skating, and Edward, who is an outstanding tech entrepreneur today. I held office hours, where I would provide career guidance, feedback on resumes, and set goals for these students.
Juggling 4 hourly jobs, while attending graduate school and taking classes, starting a logistics startup
at Harvard Innovation Lab, and figuring out next steps in life was a challenge, but it was also fulfilling, exciting and laid a strong foundation for me. Both my parents were hourly workers, and I grew up in my family learning about the different challenges an hourly worker faces, and to be able to see myself through graduate school by taking on different hourly jobs, and learning new skills, was a very experience for me which inspired me to start Workstream
, an automated hiring platform for companies hiring hourly workers.
I love to trade stories and hear about your hourly workers. What was a time you worked as an hourly worker?