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I think I might have to make my own career

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So I want to major in international relations and chemistry. I love them both equally and I don’t think I could trade off one or the other. I want to live in other countries and work but I don’t know how I’m going to combine the two degrees that I want to get into one full blown job. Also, both of my majors aren’t in demand and it’s very selective to get a job in America. I’m thinking about making something that will contribute to both my majors but I don’t know where to begin. I would really like some assistance if you can provide it to me, thank you so much. #college-major #job #communication

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Veena’s Answer

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Hi Fiepre, given you interest in Chemisty and International Relations, have you considered exploring careers at international organizations? For example, within the United Nations system, there's UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

One place to start is by checking out UNESCO job opportunities, fellowships. and internships to learn about the types of roles that might be available and potentially connect with individuals who are currently at UNESCO to tell you about their academic and professional journeys.

The American Chemical Society also provides some helpful resources on career options in the chemical sciences, some of which are related to working in the government, nonprofit, and academic spaces that might combine your interest in international relations.

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Lisa’s Answer

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Hi Fiepre, how fantastic that you've narrowed down the field to two majors! It's great that you know yourself and your passions so well.  When I was in college, I studied International Business and French. I wanted to blend both together, but faced some obstacles. One being that many foreign countries struggle with high levels of unemployment and have laws that require businesses hire their citizens rather than foreigners if candidates have equal skill sets.  I ended up building my career around the business aspect, and have used the Fresh in a more minor (but still impactful) role.  Based on that, my advice would be to focus on Chemistry as your major. Chemists are in high demand, and could lead you in international directions as you get experience under your belt. Having a major and a minor in these separate areas would give you a diverse background and skillset. 

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Karen’s Answer

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Love this! Entrepreneurship is growing in popularity among students graduating from high school and college. Don’t be afraid to forge your own way. If you have a talent or skill that you perform well and it’s profitable, by all means consider investing in yourself. It will be hard and you will need to hustle but in this age of social media, you can market your business/services practically free of charge. Do your research and understand your competition. Set yourself apart from your competitors and network when you can to learn from other small business owners.

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