One sure sign that I've arrived as an assistant professor: I'm now in charge of figuring out a series of events and creating resources for our students on the topic "Careers in International Affairs." I'd like to have a list of all the possibilities for an undergraduate student who is interested in global politics, economics, and society.
Given that I 1) am still a first year assistant professor, 2) am grading papers in the busiest part of the semester, and 3) have three IRB applications due today, I thought I'd ask for your help with this project. If you work in any career that is related to international issues, would you mind answering a few questions about your job in the comments? I would SO appreciate it, and will definitely compile the list and make it available to the many students who read this blog.
Here's the info I need:
- Job type (eg, aid worker, starving intern, policy assistant, development economist, etc.)
- Examples of specific organizations that employ people in this job (eg, the UN, Save [fill-in-the-blank], Harvard)
- Average starting salary in your field (If working for free is usually required in order to get a foot in the door, please note this.)
- What kind of advanced degrees are required or helpful for someone in your field?
- Is it better to get experience or go to grad school first in your career path? If the former, how much experience does one need before going to grad school?
- Where are most jobs in your field located? (eg, London, rural outposts, lush tropical islands)