The great thing about a major or minor in Global Studies is versatility. Since Global Studies is such an interdisciplinary field, graduates branch out into all parts of the world, in all segments of industry, government, and the non-profit sector. The whole idea behind the creation of Global Studies programs is that global issues need the expertise of all academic disciplines, and an interdisciplinary background is essential to better understand the problems of our world. The world needs minds that understand globalization and how it affects all aspects of society, and students who come from a Global Studies background are prepared to address these important issues in whichever field they have chosen. Some students enter the workforce directly after graduation with entry-level positions in a variety of fields, and others pursue graduate studies or other type of professional school.
Whatever path you choose, it’s never too soon to start thinking about and preparing for your career. Here are some general tips to think about while you’re pursuing your degree that might make job searching easier down the road:
- Study Abroad
- Volunteer or Intern Abroad
- Learn languages
- Get an internship or summer job domestically with an international firm.
- If you have a “target country” that you’d eventually like to work in, learn as much about the culture, language, politics, and business environment of that country as possible.
An education in Global Studies will provide you with critical thinking skills, the ability to understand diverse cultures, knowledge of international economics, language and translation skills, and many other important abilities that will be invaluable in the global workplace. The proper planning for your chosen career will help in your future job searches and help you tailor your skills to your chosen profession.
**LAS Global Studies prepares a weekly “Career Prep Bulletin” for Global Studies majors and minors. If you are not a Global Studies major or minor, but would like to receive this newsletter, please email Melissa Schoeplein at email@example.com.
Check out the following resources to get a head start on career planning!
The Career Center at UIUC – Working Abroad
LAS Global Studies Program – UIUC – Careers
Lehigh University – Careers in Global Studies
“What Can I Do With This Major?” – from the University of Tennessee
Some Print Resources on Global Careers
Christie, Sally. (2004). Vault guide to international careers. New York : Vault Inc.
Kruempelmann, Elizabeth. (2002). The global citizen: a guide to creating an international life and career. Berkeley : Ten Speed Press.
Reis, Christina.Baruch, Yehuda. (Eds.) (2013). Careers without borders: critical perspectives. New York : Routledge.
Sherman, Dan. (2013). Maximum success with Linkedin: dominate your market, build a global brand, and create the career of your dreams. New York : McGraw-Hill.
Swartz, Salli. (Eds.) (2012). Careers in international law. Chicago : American Bar Association, Section of International Law.