Nico Corr Posted October 31, 2017 Share Posted October 31, 2017 I've been trawling this site and many like it for the past 2 years as in preparation to eventually apply for graduate schools specializing in my desired career path (international relations). I've been working full time while attending undergraduate classes from a top 5 Public School. I got pidgeonholed while seeking work after high school, and have been stuck in the education field, mainly in school administration for the past 10 years. I've had my eye on making a career switch for some time, but haven't been successful for lack of having a degree, no connections to anyone in IR that could help make the switch, etc. I graduated in May, and have upped my efforts for the upcoming application season. I've taken the GRE once, and look to do so once more before the deadline to improve my scores. I've always been under the impression that in order to make such a career change, the most appropriate way to do so is to go to grad school in the desired field to get a degree which will allow you to gain the requisite knowledge, experience and connections to get a job. The more I talk to some people in the field, and the more I read other poster's threads, it appears to me that that notion is questionable. I've read some threads on here and other places, that affirm that it's best to already have at least internship experience, connects, military experience or Peace Corps experience before even applying. Someone else I talked to that works for the federal government told me its better to get your foot in the door first, then get your employer to foot the bill for your degree. These points are problematic for me on a number of counts: I was never interested in joining the military. Because of my personal and financial situation, I haven't had the luxury of taking on unpaid internships that often times help students get their foot in the door. I also don't have the luxury of spending two years on some foreign adventure with the Peace Corps to teach children in remote parts of Africa English, or help people in Rural Mongolia dig a well, as much as I would like to do those things. I also don't have "connects" that can help me snag a job in this field. It also seems to me that most of the people who apply for and get these jobs already have years of experience as well as advanced degrees. My question is, is grad school the best way to make this career switch, or would it be best to some way find an "in" to the IR field before attending grad school? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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