Original published by the Stevens Point Journal
Julian Basuki accomplished his career goal before he even graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Basuki will be a full-time employee at Skyward as a support representative. He said he chose an international concentration for his degree because he wanted to travel for work, which is part of his new job. The 22-year-old Antigo native will graduate Saturday with a degree in business administration and is already employed in a job he loves after interning at Skyward, a local education software developer.
“I literally accomplished my career goal coming out of college,” he said. “I’m really happy. I love the atmosphere, and they have a great company culture.”
Basuki will be one of 1,400 students celebrating their new academic degrees this weekend at UWSP’s commencement ceremony. His academic career started at UW-Marathon County, a school he selected for a general associate’s degree when he didn’t know what he wanted to do in the future.
He said the start of his higher education was rocky; he flunked a class in his first year — which he had never done before.
“That was like a big wake-up call for me, so I sat down and really thought about if this is what I wanted to do,” he said.
Basuki said he retook that Spanish course — this time regularly attending class — and earned an A, bringing his grade point average from a 1.2 to above a 3. When he finished his degree, he transferred to UWSP and entered the business program, where he eventually became a peer mentor to younger students.
In his new job, Basuki will train school districts around the country how to use Skyward’s educational software and troubleshoot problems. He started the day the company moved into its new global headquarters. Basuki’s journey to the job follows a pattern similar to many other employees at the company, said Ray Ackerlund, Skyward’s marketing officer.
Ackerlund said the company has a close relationship with both UWSP and Mid-State Technical College, offering internships to top students to give them real world experience and train their future workforce.
“It gives us an opportunity to see these folks, how they operate and how successful they’ll be within our organization,” he said. “We’re very impressed with all the staff that we’ve seen come out of both those organizations.”
About half of Skyward’s employees come from the two local institutions, Ackerlund estimated.
Basuki said he plans to move from Antigo to the Stevens Point area soon and hopes to make a career at the company if he and Skyward find the match to be a good fit. The city’s size, he said, was a draw, in addition to the mix of businesses around town.
Basuki said his advice to fellow Pointers is to sit in the front row of class and participate by asking questions.
“If you ask questions, you’ll get noticed,” he said. “If you get noticed, good things happen.”