I did a talk recently for MA Politics and International Relations students at Queen Mary College, University of London about the value of international experience. I thought it would be helpful to summarise some of the issues I flagged up.
Whether you are interested in a career in international development or international relations regional experience is important. One way of building up regional experience is through qualifying as a TEFL teacher but you might also consider volunteering through an organisation such as the charity VESL
AIESEC GLOBAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.
This blog is one of several produced by myself and colleagues who work for The Careers Group, University of London or one of the constituent colleges. A full list of them can be found here http://www.gradsintocareers.co.uk/advice-and-resources/blogs.aspx The Web and social media really helps us exchange information about the issues facing our readers. On the other hand it's still really handy to be sharing an office so people don't forget to pass on useful stuff. This explains why I've just posted up a terrific summer associate position in London or Bangkok - thanks to James Weaver at Queen Mary who passed it on to me. You can download the information from our Careerstagged.co.uk site http://www.careerstagged.co.uk//files/pdf/GSMA%20_GSMA%20MMU%20Summer%20Associate%20(policy%20and%20regulation)-1.pdf but here's an outline of what's on offer
Bo-Erik Abrahamsson has just spent the second year of his BSc Management Studies degree at the University of Hong Kong (a year abroad organised by King’s College London). On his way back to London to complete the third year of his studies, he completed a summer internship in finance with Procter & Gamble in Geneva. We talked to him about his experiences.
*** Update March 2013. Medair still recruit relief workers without a huge amount of previous experience. Attend one of their open evenings and register to get their newsletter for updates. ***
While there are hundreds of international development Masters courses there are hardly any that focus on children and youth. When Dr Nicola Ansell started one at Brunel University started on Children, Youth and International Development (http://bit.ly/j2xtV3) three years ago it was even more unusual. We spoke to her about the course.
Careers Colleagues of mine from SOAS and Queen Mary’s College went on a recent ‘EU’ Careers day organised by the European Personnel Selection Office. University careers advisers are being targeted in this way to help increase the number of British graduates consider careers in the European institutions. Here are a few key points from the day covering: work experience with MEPS; working in the European Parliament; The role of the ECs UK representation office; internships in the European Institutions and the launching of the new European Banking Authority based in London.