Author: David J. Smith

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Thoughts for the Beginning of the Academic Year: “Ah-Ha” Moments, Millennials, and Peacebuilding Careers

Though they might not immediately recognize it, the work that many milllennials aspire to is peacebuilding work where human relations based skills are essential. Careers that seek to alleviate suffering as a result of violence and trauma, promote community-building, resolve differences and conflict, protect the vulnerable from abuse, and promote civic engagement are all peacebuilding related.

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5 Things a Graduate Student Must Do 5 Months Before Graduating

Recently, I was working with a student who expects to graduate this coming spring (it is now early December). I realized that she was more forward thinking than many of my other students. She had developed a well-crafted resume; was thinking about letters of reference from professors, internship supervisors, and part-time employers; and was weighing whether

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Networking tip: When Introducing Yourself, Remember Your Hat

When I attend professional events and am about to be introduced, I spend time thinking about the role I am in. Often the moderator will ask everyone to “give their name, and the organization they represent” or something like that (in 2 minutes or less). This seems to imply that we all have just one job. But increasingly

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EVENT REPORT: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 3/6/19
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EVENT REPORT: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 3/6/19

I’ve mentioned before that I am currently facilitating a Graduate Career Intensive Seminar at George Mason University for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). My course runs six Wednesday afternoons, February through April. A total of 13 PhD and master’s students are enrolled. Links are in text. For two of the classes we take field trips

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EVENT REPORT: World Bank Briefing, 2/28/19
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EVENT REPORT: World Bank Briefing, 2/28/19

On February 28, 2019 I participated in a briefing that the World Bank Group (WBG) held for the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the Fulbright Association. It was attended by at least 50 mostly young and international Fulbrighters. (About 30 countries were represented including New Zealand, Argentina, Nepal, Pakistan, Armenia, Ukraine, and Algeria). Many are currently in

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EVENT REPORT: Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, Career Fair ’19, 1/31/19
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EVENT REPORT: Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, Career Fair ’19, 1/31/19

On January 31, 2019 the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter  (SID-W) held it’s annual Career Fair at George Washington University. I’ve attended in the past, and found the event informative of hiring trends and areas in which recently minted graduates and career changers might search for their next opportunities. Links are provided in text. Considering the frigid weather in

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EVENT REPORT: Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, Career Fair ’19

Yesterday (1/31/19), the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter  (SID-W) held it’s annual Career Fair at George Washington University. I’ve attended in the past, and found the event informative of hiring trends and areas in which recently minted graduates and career changers might search for their next opportunities.  Considering the frigid weather in DC, I was impressed with the

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Career Advice: Just the Basics…Please!

David J. Smith I spend a great deal of time talking with young would-be professionals about careers. Unfortunately, I feel I often get too much “in the weeds” with them. This is problematic for a couple of reasons.  First, young people today (under 35) have lived in a world of condensed and truncated communication, around 140 characters. (I

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