Preparing for the Future

At Teachers College, we have a one-month winter break. During this time, I was able to travel back home to California where I visited family and friends.

In addition to relaxing, I started to think about the future. Before break, I attended a United Nations excursion, organized through the Office of Career Services. Through our visit, we were able to attend part of a United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) conference, where former Chilean President Bachelet, who is the head of UN Women, spoke. We also heard several women and men speak out about the challenges that women face around the word. After the conference, we met with a representative from UN Women. She explained the scope of their work and the different sectors they work in. She mentioned that they work with both governments and non-governmental organizations around the world, and work on initiatives to better the conditions of women, while evaluating their improvements in regards to women’s issues. We then were led on a tour of the United Nations. The experience was not job shadowing, but it shed light on several different jobs from Interns giving tours of the UN to people who work within the UN organization.

During my stay in California I spent some time updating my resume. I was also able to look into possible summer internship programs such as Peace Boat and UNICEF. I did not network much being in California, but I was able to connect with a friend to get a little taste of what being a professor is like. In the spring there will be more opportunities to network through a variety of events like a Career Fair, panels related to International Education, development, emergency relief work, and a Comparative International Education Conference that will take place in New Orleans.

In the filed of International Education Development there are countless possibilities of different types of jobs that are very diverse. For Example, working at an NGO, higher education institution, working domestically or abroad. In my case I would like to ultimately work in the U.S. or Europe and continue to do research on immigrant communities in order to find new ways to help immigrant children have a better education that prepares them to have the option to go on to higher education. For the time being I would like to gain more experience in the field and learn more about diverse job opportunities out there.