Alumna Daisy Cardiel lists her favorite perk as a U.S. Department of State employee as being able to work alongside foreign governments for the greater good of the public. Daisy states that the best part of working for the U.S. Department of State is "the ability to meet and engage in conversation with people from all over the world. I truly enjoy learning from people's life experiences because it allows me to reflect on my own experiences."
Working for the U.S. State Department is both rewarding and exciting for Daisy: "Every day is challenging. I never get bored." Daisy is a Country Desk Officer in the Office of Children's Issues where she serves as the primary point of contact on matters involving international parental child abduction in Brazil, Panama, and Venezuela.
When Daisy returned to Concordia as part of the U.S. Department of State's "Hometown Diplomat Program," she spoke to a group of more than 100 students and faculty about opportunities in the U.S. Department of States to work in Civil Service and Foreign Service. Daisy encouraged students with the same advice she lives by every day:
Yes, you can! Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it.
"Sí Se Puede!" is the Spanish phrase her parents used to encourage her to work hard and pursue her goals. That encouragement keeps her motivated as she faces any personal fear or professional challenge.
Daisy's scariest moments? Public speaking. Despite her poise, Daisy confesses that she is nervous when speaking in front of people. Yet she is determined to overcome it. That determination has served her well, both in her education and her career.
During her years at Concordia, Daisy knew she wanted to pursue a career in public service, but the U.S. Department of State was never something she considered until she landed an internship with the Department of Labor, under the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
After graduating with a Communication Studies major, the U.S. Department of State hired Daisy under the Outstanding Scholar Program to work in the Los Angeles Passport Office, and later in the Washington, D.C. office. She then transitioned to her current role as a Country Desk Officer, earning a Master's degree in International Communications along the way.
Daisy offers plenty of advice for students interested in public service. She encourages them to make the most of the opportunities they have at Concordia to volunteer, study abroad, and seek out internships with the U.S. Department of State. "There are opportunities to move around and grow in the U.S. Department of State."
Perhaps a future Secretary of State? Daisy laughs at the suggestion, but agrees that she definitely sees herself continuing her career with the U.S. Department of State.
No matter where her career takes her, Daisy keeps her goals squarely in focus: to break down barriers and serve the American people. These goals impel Daisy to keep pushing herself every day. "Sí Se Puede!"