What to do with a degree in International Relations/Studies

Discussion in 'Education and Academia' started by Takkie, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. Takkie

    Takkie Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As a High school senior currently applying to universities, i was wondering what kind of job requires people with International Relations/Studies degrees.Think Tanks? Diplomacy? can anyone help me out?
     
  2. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    It will depend on your concentration. My concentration was Asia. So most of my friends worked for firms that does business in Asia... basically, every big company in the world.
     
  3. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Takkie, I run the IS program at the University of Idaho. If you want to talk at length about which direction you might take, PM me and we can figure out the best way to visit. Essentially, Escape Goat's answer is a good one, so we can visit about the kinds of programs available at various schools.
     
  4. LizAFC

    LizAFC New Member

    Jun 14, 2000
    San Jose
    Right. My concentration is in Terrorism Studies, so I'll be going into intelligence/government work.
     
  5. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Denver
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    You weren't learning how to be a terrorist?
     
  6. LizAFC

    LizAFC New Member

    Jun 14, 2000
    San Jose
    Shhhh! You weren't supposed to tell anyone. :(
     
  7. Ombak

    Ombak Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 19, 1999
    Irvine, CA
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    So Women's Studies is...
     
  8. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Teachers...:p
     
  9. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Well, some companies that does business in the Middle East might hire you. For example, an oil company such as Halliburton.
     
  10. El_tri321mex

    El_tri321mex Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    berkeley
    Diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international organizations, global development, and international relations theory. Explore and debate global economies, societies and cultures. possibilities are endless with an International relations degree.
     
  11. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    I'm currently in the midst of completeing a bachelors in international relations. There is no set focus but I've taken more classes focusing on Europe - Russia in particular. I've talked with a lot of advisors and I still don't quite know what direction to take after graduate school. A job with the United Nations was always one of my options but thats a long shot.

    There are various non-governmental and private institutions/think tanks doing IR work that one can consider as well.
     
  12. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    Do you speak Russian?
     
  13. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    No but I do plan on learning it.
     
  14. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    Russian is not an easy language to learn; I'd advise you to start ASAP - it only gets harder with age.
     
  15. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Certainly isn't and it'll be a big challenge. It can especially be harder learning on ones own.
     
  16. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    Um...........I'd very much suggest not doing it on your own unless you know another Slavic language.
     
  17. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Let me hear you say "You want fries with that"
     
  18. uclacarlos

    uclacarlos Member+

    Aug 10, 2003
    east coast
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    In a globalized economy??

    "Fries" for an IR major?

    That's for Art History, Egyptology and Classics (Ancient Greek, Latin, etc.).
     
  19. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid

    If you want a career out of the IR field, you must speak a foreign language. And try to study aboard for a semester or two. It looks good on your resume.
     
  20. Dadinho

    Dadinho Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    San Diego
    Club:
    Vitoria Salvador
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Very true, but let me add a bit of advice. 1. Find someone you are sexually attracted to who speaks the language you'd like to learn, 2. become enamored with the person, so much so you "need" to learn their language, 3. have lots of sex and speak said language in no time. It is fool proof, unless you are so much of a fool that it happens to fool you, then its not so fool proof.:)
     
  21. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    See, that wouldn't be so difficult. My school is filled with Russian girls...most are models, or look like models. I doubt I could discuss Chernishevsky with any of them though, lol.
     
  22. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    You've probably not got the cash to date those women.
     
  23. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Exactly, they're walking around in seemingly expensive leather boots, Armani and Guic handbags and jewlery that would make Mr. T proud. very stuck up those girls....
     
  24. Dadinho

    Dadinho Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    San Diego
    Club:
    Vitoria Salvador
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In my mind, these aren't the type of women one would be wanting to data anyway; however, you might be underestimating the power of learning a couple of Russian phrases like these,"Hello, my name is_____. What is yours? I think Russian is a very beatiful language. Can you help me learn some?" If skin and bone rich (or atleast posing to be rich) Russian models is your thing, I think this is worth a shot.
     
  25. Dadinho

    Dadinho Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    San Diego
    Club:
    Vitoria Salvador
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not all of these products are created equally, especially in NY.

    Even though they are stuck up (a synonym for won't sleep with you) if you follow my advice above I think you'll be alright. Assuming you aren't a troll, but I guess trolls can be charming too, right?
     

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