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Careers in International Affairs, Ninth Edition

Careers in International Affairs, Ninth Edition

Laura E. Cressey
Barrett J. Helmer
Jennifer E. Steffensen
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 368
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    Careers in International Affairs, Ninth Edition
    Book Description:

    This is the essential resource and job-hunting guide for all those interested in international careers in the US government, multinational corporations, banks, consulting companies, international and nongovernmental organizations, the media, think tanks, universities, and more.Careers in International Affairs, now in its ninth edition, provides up-to-date insights about the range of possibilities in the global workplace and tips on how to get these jobs-along with profiles of hundreds of important employers.This helpful guide includes a directory of more than 250 organizations who offer internationally oriented jobs such as the US Department of State, CIA, United Nations, World Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Google, McKinsey & Company, and dozens more. The book also includes insightful testimonies about what these careers are really like from both junior and senior professionals in these fields.Careers in International Affairsgives advice on academic paths that will prepare students for demanding international careers and guidance on how to write resumes, interview for jobs, network, and maintain their online profile.Published in cooperation with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the oldest school of international affairs in the United States,Careers in International Affairswill encourage job seekers to consider their goals and talents, widen their horizons to consider new possibilities, and help them realize that their future can hold several careers, while reminding all that it is never too early-or too late-to consider the realm of opportunities that await them throughout the world.

    eISBN: 978-1-62616-076-7
    Subjects: Business, Education, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    Laura E. Cressey

    • CHAPTER 1 Preparing for Your Career
      (pp. 3-24)

      Careers today look very different from those of our parents and grandparents. Whether due to the economic climate or changing society, it is no longer typical for the average employee to stay with the same organization for the duration of his or her career. Significant retirement packages and pensions do not command company loyalty, as they once did. In the international affairs field this means that individuals are frequently in movement and transition. There is no normal career path and no normal career progression; career paths are frequently less linear and more likely to meander through different organizations and even...

    • CHAPTER 2 Marketing Yourself
      (pp. 25-60)

      The two traditional primary tools for marketing yourself to potential employers are the résumé and cover letter. They help employers and contacts understand your qualifications and skills, and—depending on how you structure them—your motivations for applying to an organization. This chapter discusses ways to make the most of both of these tools, based on feedback received from employers and observations made while I directed the Graduate Career Development Center at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

      The job application process undoubtedly will continue to change as social media evolve and influence the hiring process. More jobs will be posted...


    • CHAPTER 3 The US Government
      (pp. 63-108)

      Working for the US government is often described as a passion—government servants dedicated to serving their country in a meaningful manner and making a difference for their fellow citizens. Whether one is interested in economic, political-military, human rights, international development, trade, or intelligence issues, international relations graduates can find relevant jobs and careers throughout the US government. The essays within this chapter examine the opportunities available throughout government, in the executive and legislative branches, the intelligence community, and in development agencies. The essays discuss careers in the civil service and examine life on Capitol Hill and as a Foreign...

    • CHAPTER 4 International Organizations
      (pp. 109-130)

      The sheer breadth and depth of international organizations, coupled with their unique hiring practices, can be daunting to the job seeker. The United Nations alone has commissions, committees, funds, programs, and specialized agencies, each with its own focus, and all of which offer interesting and challenging work for professionals trained in international affairs. Whether you are a US or foreign national looking for fieldwork overseas, a headquarters position in a major international city, or a development position focusing on a specific region, you are likely to find an international organization that appeals to you. This chapter breaks the sector into...

    • CHAPTER 5 Nongovernmental Organizations
      (pp. 131-156)

      In an attempt to make sense of the ever-expanding nongovernmental sector, we have broken nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) into three broad categories by the issues they seek to address: development and humanitarian assistance, democracy and human rights, and public health and the environment. However, these categories are merely guidelines and by no means encompass the myriad organizations that inhabit the NGO world.

      NGOs no longer—if they ever did—operate in a vacuum. Money flowing into developing countries today comes more from private direct investment than official development assistance, meaning that partnerships between NGOs, private-sector entities, and public-sector organizations have become...

    • CHAPTER 6 International Banking and Finance
      (pp. 157-168)

      Although career prospects in international banking and finance have ebbed and flowed since the recent global and regional financial crises, by no means have they dried up. With businesses seeking to enter emerging markets in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and beyond, an ability to assess and manage risk is fundamental to one’s success in the banking and finance industry. International affairs professionals will be competing with MBAs for positions in this sector. But those candidates with international affairs degrees who are armed with solid, advanced finance skills as well as a nuanced understanding of the political, economic,...

    • CHAPTER 7 International Business
      (pp. 169-206)

      The international business field is constantly changing, adapting to current trends and economic realities, and anticipating new ones. With an understanding of foreign cultures and norms, international economies, and government relations, students of international affairs can find important and meaningful roles in the business world in a number of areas such as emerging markets, market entry strategy, risk analysis, corporate social responsibility, and business advocacy. This chapter opens with an essay discussing trends in business since the last edition of this book was published, and it then breaks the business sector into four general areas: multinational corporations, entrepreneurship, government contracting,...

    • CHAPTER 8 Consulting
      (pp. 207-236)

      Given the wide variety of jobs in consulting, treating the consulting field as a monolithic entity would be a disservice to the job seeker. Although many consulting firms perform several functions that can confound simple categorization, this book breaks down the world of consulting into the following four types of firms, based not on clients but on the unique functions performed:

      management and strategy consulting:classic consulting, focused on helping clients achieve better performance and productivity, and increase business;

      risk and security consulting:focused on advising businesses and governments on the political, economic, and social developments that could positively or...

    • CHAPTER 9 Universities, Research Institutes, and Think Tanks
      (pp. 237-250)

      The world of academia and think tanks draws more PhDs than any other field discussed in this book. Although this chapter examines teaching and research positions, it also discusses other areas—particularly in universities—where an international affairs professional (with or without PhD credentials) can successfully apply his or her skills. Though these essays focus on opportunities in the United States, one should recognize that similar opportunities focused on education and informing the public and policy discourse exist in institutes and universities throughout the world. In evaluating opportunities both here and abroad, job seekers may wish to pay attention to...

    • CHAPTER 10 The Media
      (pp. 251-260)

      The field of media and journalism is in a state of flux as the use of new media rises and the number of news outlets increases. But with change comes opportunity, and those job seekers with international affairs backgrounds have many options in the media field, as illustrated by the contributors to this chapter: a television producer, an economic reporter, and a war correspondent. Career paths today may be less traditional, but the skills needed to succeed are familiar; strong research abilities and concise writing skills are paramount. As the essays in this chapter note, expertise in a particular area...

  6. PART III Directory of Organizations
    (pp. 261-346)
    Barrett J. Helmer and Jennifer E. Steffensen

    TheCareers in International AffairsDirectory of Organizations is a resource to help you explore the great diversity of international affairs career opportunities available in the United States and throughout the world. The directory lists more than 250 organizations that we believe are especially relevant to those seeking careers in the international affairs arena. Although this directory is not an exhaustive list of all relevant international affairs organizations, the agencies, businesses, firms, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, and media outlets that follow were carefully selected based on their past history of employing and offering internships to students with international affairs...

  7. Index
    (pp. 347-359)