Arnold Mikolo, 25, Manchester
Arnold Mikolo, 25, of Manchester is community liaison with St. Anselm College; vice president with the Congolese of New Hampshire; ESL instructor with Manchester Community College; medical interpreter with Manchester Community Health Center; and a co-chair and team leader with Welcoming Manchester, which is a member of the Diversity Workforce Coalition.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
A few: Do what you’re passionate about and you’ll never work a day in your life. Another one is: Sometimes, you must take one step back to jump three steps forward. Last one is: To be a great leader you must learn to become a great servant.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
Growing up my father owned a company. He helped war widows to be self-sufficient by giving them livestock to raise then sell. My mother is the same way, too. Throughout the years, I’ve been helped by so many people, and that kind of motivates me to give back. There is a greater joy in giving than receiving.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Expanding the public transportation locally and regionally by connecting with other states of New England. Encouraging and rewarding young entrepreneurs by creating a platform to promote their work. Employers should hire more immigrants and promote young professionals; we’ll see a big wave of young professionals coming to New Hampshire (despite the harsh winter).