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Brent Seely '09

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Brent Seely graduated from Calvin in 2009 with a double major in GDS and Business and a minor in Photography. He is currently working in Thailand as a Regional Consultant and Executive Coach. His passion is to truly make organizations work and have a positive impact by building capacity through opperations, human resources, finance, team building, vision planning, and more.

Describe your path since graduation

Less than a month after graduation I found myself on a plane to India. I worked in India first doing sustainable business development. After that I moved to South-East Asia where I focused more on refugees, human trafficking, and drug harm reduction policies. I have been in South-East Asia ever since.

How has your faith influenced your work in development?

I feel beyond blessed through the Lord to have grown up where I did. I had access to everything – like education, food, and a home. So working in this field is my way of giving back to “the least of these.”

What are your most memorable experiences from the field?

My most memorable times are when you can truly see the impact of your organization's work on the community and individuals. I have fond memories of building up entrepreneurs in India so that they can be self-sufficient through a stable income. Or assisting a refugee from Burma in obtaining their high school diploma and then getting them enrolled in higher education. Or being able to walk alongside a precious life who's HIV positive in Thailand and seeing the change in them – they are valuable!

What was your favorite aspect of your Calvin experience and what do you wish you had done differently?

My favorite aspect is that Calvin truly has a global approach to how and what they teach in the classroom. Despite its small size, they are keen on students being globally aware.

For what I would've done differently, I think I would have done two semesters abroad instead of just one! My time away was so influential, and I learned, grew, and was challenged a lot.

What advice would you give to current IDS students?

I would tell current students to not be afraid to switch jobs often, especially in the beginning. The field of development is so broad. I think it is good to get experience in many places first to figure out who you really are and where your passions truly lie.

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