Meet Dan Cira, senior counsel on ApplyBoard’s Legal Team. Dan has been helping ApplyBoard grow and support students as a senior counsel since October 2021. From strengthening the company’s mission through idea generation to identifying and mitigating risks—his contributions to ApplyBoard have been vast. He recently sat down with us for an ApplyBoardian Q&A to share about his life at ApplyBoard.
Keep reading and watch the video below to learn about his journey!
How Dan Supports ApplyBoard’s Mission
In his interview, Dan discussed how his role fits into how our legal team supports our mission. His role as senior counsel allows him to collaborate with many different teams at ApplyBoard, which is one of the aspects of his work that he enjoys the most.
For example, Dan helps our Partner Relations Team negotiate ApplyBoard’s school agreements. “These school agreements bring more schools to the platform, which ultimately, gives students more options,” he shared. By expanding the platform’s offerings via school agreements, ApplyBoard is also breaking down barriers and making global education more accessible and inclusive.
He also works with the Strategic Partnership teams, to share more value-added services with our students, as well as our Sales Team, using promotions to encourage more recruitment partners to join us. Dan’s dedication to enhancing our platform and fostering valuable partnerships ensures that ApplyBoard continues to provide the best resources and opportunities for our students, recruitment partners, and partner institutions, contributing to the growth of the global education community.
A Perfect Match
As soon as Dan saw the opening for the Senior Counsel role, he knew he’d be the perfect fit. He said, “I have first-hand experience being an international student and working with an RP. Before ApplyBoard, I worked at an international edtech company for five years.” He went on to say that “when I saw the position at ApplyBoard, it really felt like it was written for me, and the rest is history.” We couldn’t agree more!
Advice From a Former International Student
Ten years ago, Dan headed down under to obtain his law degree in Australia. We jumped at the opportunity to ask Dan, as a former international student, for some advice. His first recommendation is to “simply just do it. Research what you’re interested in and where you want to study.” Research is crucial, and as you delve deeper into your interests and study abroad options, you’ll find a world of opportunities.
His second piece of advice is to get out of your comfort zone while studying abroad. Dan did this by participating in extracurricular activities. He shared that “I joined a lot of clubs while I was at university in Australia and it helped me meet new people and try new things.” Embracing extracurricular activities not only enriches your study abroad experience but also opens doors to cultural immersion and personal growth. As you step out of your comfort zone, you’ll discover a broader perspective of the world and create lasting memories with new friends along the way.
Thank you, Dan, for your commitment to helping ApplyBoard on our mission to Educate the World. Each day, you show up with a passion and drive to change lives for the better. Your dedication is truly inspiring, and we are grateful to have you on our team!
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