APSIA Launches Career Trends Series
leigh April 14, 2014 News
In spring 2014, APSIA launched an ongoing series of conference calls and webinars to educate the career services staff at its member schools. Presenters have included management staff from Deloitte Consulting, Oxford HR (UK), and Bread for the World, in addition to members of the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
Discussions focus on hiring trends in the field and how members can best prepare APSIA graduates for the marketplace.
Nancy Rhodes of Bread for the World stressed the value of highlighting “cross-cultural skills, analytical abilities, and real accomplishments” on a resume, rather than a list of tasks. Similarly, White House staff noted that individuals with excellent communication skills, tact, and a broad range of perspectives excelled in executive branch positions.
Joni Swedlund and Jonathan Rice described the “entrepreneurial, collaborative, and team-oriented” attitude needed for success at Deloitte; while Hazel Douglas explained how Oxford HR has shifted from searching for candidates with a background in humanitarian aid to needing individuals with trade, finance, education, and other skills who can “support the development of economic infrastructure in developing countries.”
In addition to their advice on hiring trends, the presenters walked APSIA directors through the formal and informal hiring processes at their organizations.
Due to positive feedback, APSIA will continue this series into summer 2014. Through these and other programs, APSIA strives to promote excellence in professional, international affairs education worldwide by sharing information and ideas among our member schools.