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Government relations in the private sector

International relations isn't just about governments, think tanks and grassroots societies. Opportunities are growing in a wide range of employment sectors and locations that are not the most obvious choices for a diplomatic career. The exciting news is that international relations graduates are exceptionally fit to embark on a path to help us understand and develop solutions to the complex, vexing, and ever-changing array of global challenges and opportunities.

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Want to work for a Think Tank? Here’s a list!

The primary focus of a think tank is to improve government policy. Think tanks generate policy-orientated research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues, which enable policy-makers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy issues.  As a result, think tanks are a bridge between academia and policy-making and represent various global challenges that play a critical role to international relations.

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A Career in Human Development

Broadly speaking, human development is defined by the process of enlarging people’s freedoms, opportunities and improving their well-being. The concept gained popularity in the 1990s, as a result of the United Nations Development Programme publication entitled “Human Development”. This new approach developed as a response to the almost exclusive emphasis development policymakers had given to economic growth and stabilisation.

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Work-life balance of President Moon Jae-in

With politicians and diplomats serving a term of 3-5 years, their solutions and thinking tends to be short term. Their goals may include re-election or being sent to a more attractive and comfortable mission. The effects of long term planning can be clearly illustrated through the example of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is an excellent advocate promoting work-life balance.

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A Career in Global Health

No country acting alone can adequately protect the health of its citizens or significantly ameliorate the deep problems of poor health in developing countries. Intensified by an increased cross-border and transborder flow of people, goods and services, the spread of disease, the importation of consumer goods and the migration of health professionals cannot be adequately controlled by states in isolation.

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The Hierarchy Needs of the Soviet Union

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory comprising of five models of human need. The Hierarchical Needs model was first presented in a paper titled “A Theory of Human Motivation” by Abraham Maslow, the son of Russian immigrants in the US, and published by Psychological Review in 1943. This model is pretty useful to look at when considering your future career and international relations solutions as a first step. 

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How to translate your skills from any jobs to diplomacy

Are employers looking for candidates with specific skill sets or experiences? The short answer is yes, but any job will equip you with the skills needed to break into this field. While an internship at the United Nations, consulate or embassy is impressive and may be useful to getting your foot in the door, not having these experiences will not automatically disqualify you.

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A Career in Global Governance

As issues become more and more transnational in nature and scope - climate change, terrorism, cybersecurity and cyberspace, arm proliferation, public health etc. – it is evident that no single actor can adequately address them on its own. A career in this league has the potential of being one with tremendous impact on world issues, making it well worth exploring within the scope of international relations.

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