Conflict, Security and Development October 26, 2009Posted by Jeff Riley in : Government, Intelligence and security , trackback
Just returned from a first class event planned by King’s College, University of London alumni office and War Studies Department. Some key themes from the range of alumni who briefly outlined their career emerged.
* London is a great place to start a career in this sector. While other cities such as Washington DC and Brussels may have a pretty good range of think tanks for example London also has these plus is a global hub for international development
* You need to be proactive. More than one speaker underlined the fact that they heard about opportunities from a network of contacts or while they were engaged in something related
* You need to be flexible. Most of the speakers had gone off at an angle before they arrived to where they wanted to be and stressed that they picked up invaluable skills on the way
* You need to use your careers office. Could barely stop myself cheering this one but a number of speakers stressed that simple things like having a flawless CV and letter were vital. Of course we can do more than this but, hey it’s a start.
* Finally, you need to keep reading to the end of the article. Just in passing one speaker mentioned that he had got an intership at the International Crisis Group in Brussels. I didn’t notice anyone fiercely scribbling the name down and wondered if that was old news! I checked them out and while their internship pages are a little out of date they are clearly an organisation to keep tabs on www.crisisgroup.org One of the things I found on their pages was a really useful guide to the best think tanks in the world. You can download it at http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/output/page695.asp (scroll to the last entry)