Not too long ago, I dropped my coat and backpack at the wardrobe, took out my red folder, and walked into the room hosting a career fair at NC State University. As I walked slowly along, scanning my options, and reading brochures, signs, and Mission statements, a gentleman asked:
– „Would you like to work and live abroad?”
– „Do you speak any foreign language?”
– „How about a career with the Foreign Service?”
How about that, indeed? I took a quiz on our behalves this week to see which of the five different Foreign Service Officer career tracks would best fit the cultural anthropologists in us. I scored highest in Public Diplomacy. Public Diplomacy Specialists are “Experts in cross-cultural relations and communications who build public awareness and promote U.S. interests abroad.” I then checked the list of 13 dimensions that “reflect the skills, abilities, and personal qualities deemed essential to the work of the Foreign Service at the United States Department of State.” We anthropologists, by virtue of our training and interests, possess them all. So go for it! This link will start you off and help you navigate the process of becoming a Foreign Service Officer: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer.
However, if government work is not you, but you have experience with data analysis, research methods, and using data for decision making, as well as a passion for global health, explore the Associate Program Officer position in Seattle with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Good luck, fellow job seekers, and until next week!