What are some careers that would go well with a Global Studies major?
What are some careers that would go well with a Global Studies major? I am interested in the learning process of global studies and I want to have a career with that focus. I already have a few ideas to what I want to do in my future, but I want to research any other professions.
Doctorate Student’s Answer
Helen Godfrey, M.A., NCC, BCC, LPC
Thank you for asking this question. That's a very interesting major with a lot of different potential pathways.
Something that I would recommend doing while you are in college is studying abroad to get real-life experience in another culture. If you have the chance to take your classes in another language, even better.
As far as careers, there are so many interesting options. A rewarding career is combination of your skills, interests, values, and motivators. I recommend going to your career center and taking a career assessment test to learn more about yourself. Most career assessments will also give you a list of possible job titles that could be a good fit. Have the career coach walk you through your results. I would then take this approach, "These are the types of tasks I enjoy doing and these are the topics that are interesting to me, i.e., global studies so let me find companies within these parameters."
Something that comes to mind and might give you a good starting point is the State Department. You may want to consider whether or not you are interested in an international career, i.e., living overseas, or if you would like to live in the States and work with international topics. Studying abroad while you are in school could be a good way to explore whether or not you would be interested in living overseas.
The State Department has a summer internship program that could give you an idea of whether or not it is a good fit for you:
There are many interesting roles through the federal government that could be interesting. You can learn more about them here.
Depending on your focus and your expertise, you may find a unique role at an international company. I taught English in Japan for 2 years through the JET Program(me) https://jetprogramusa.org/ and as a result of that experience, was hired as a recruiter at a Japanese recruiting company in the States. I was one of the only Americans on the team so I could help my colleagues understand some of the cultural differences between the way business was conducted in Japan and the States and vice versa. This was helpful when I was trying to explain the cultural differences to Americans I'd recruited to work at Japanese companies.