Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Gabe Kaplan not included. Source: Wikipedia

Good morning everyone and welcome (or welcome back) to the Maxwell School for the fall semester of 2014.

Best of luck on your fall semester work, and please keep watching us for interesting tips on the job search, collecting alumni stories, and promoting the work of our graduate students at home and abroad.

Unique Job Search Concerns of Graduate Students

Something coincidental about a Jerseyian writing about a Jersey Barrier

A roadblock you will hopefully not have to face.
Source: Wikipedia

Several years ago, an alum forwarded PAIA staff an article written by Mr. Peter Vogt for Monster.com, discussing several search challenges faced by graduate students.  Given the hyper-competitive nature of today’s search environment, these issues are as relevant today as when the article was written.

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Becoming Policy-Relevant

The White House Situation Room

The White House Situation Room, hopefully a goal of all policy professionals.
Source: whitehouse.gov

All of you interested in working in international relations or public administration policy are looking to make sure that your research and insight is at the forefront of the field.  Thus, it makes sense to take some time to read “So You Want to Be Policy-Relevant” by Professor Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Continue reading

Ways to Handle a Professional Transition

Mind the Gap

Good Preparation for a Career Transition Source: Wikipedia.org

Throughout your post-Maxwell School career in international relations or public administration you will likely have several different jobs. A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study estimated that late-period Baby Boomers (1957-1964) will hold 11.3 jobs in their lifetime. Some Millennials are expected to hold 15-20 jobs during a career. (Personally, I’m on 6, depending on how you count different positions within the same company). Continue reading

Nitika Sethi – Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM)

GRAAM workers in the field

Preparing the District Human Development Report
Source: Graam.org.in

Ms. Nitika Sethi is a dual-degree student studying International Relations and Public Administration.

I spent 11 weeks in Mysore, India working for the Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM). GRAAM is a policy initiative of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) nonprofit organization. The GRAAM team works to develop research and advocacy agendas to influence all levels of policy in response to the widespread grassroots efforts of SVYM in public health, education, governance, and rural development. Continue reading

Advice for Job Market Shoppers

Mass Market Paperback Not Included

Something to bide your time. Source: Wikipedia.org

Regardless of whether you are a public administration or an international relations student, you will be on the job market before you think.

During your time here at Maxwell, we hope that you will also develop the professional skills necessary to succeed in the job search.

Thus, we wanted to share the following article about Going on the Job Market? by Professor Amanda Murdie of Kansas State University. Even though it is written for a doctoral audience, Professor Murdie gives some advice that is applicable for all graduate students and job seekers. Continue reading

The Art of Informational Interviewing

It's not always this complex

A Social Network
Source: Wikipedia

Students are often intimidated by the idea of “networking” and feel that they should be able to compete successfully for a position based solely on their qualifications. While this is an honorable approach, it is especially necessary in today’s market to identify people in your field of expertise who you can use as contacts when looking for a professional position.  Continue reading