Intro Guide to a Career with the UN

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
American University - Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

The United Nations continues to be the world's most influential international forum, but the path to employment within its multiple bodies and programs is often a challenging task.


In this seminar you will learn:

• How to understand the various bodies of the U.N. system: What are they and which are currently hiring?

• Realities vs. misconceptions: What degree do I need? What are the requirements? What can I expect to earn?

• What U.N. employers are currently recruiting for: Resume & cover letter tips, networking advice, and application guidance

• How to prepare for the UN Secretariat Young Professionals Program

• About training programs, internships, consultancies, & other non-traditional points of entry into U.N. employment


All attendees receive:

• The FPA Intro Guide to a Career with the UN Tool Book

• Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts

• Light food and drink during networking/Q&A session


Who should attend this seminar?

• Undergraduate and Graduate Students considering or preparing for a career at the U.N.

• Young Professionals interested in beginning a career at the U.N.

• Mid-Career Professionals transitioning to a career at the U.N.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by The American University School of International Service (SIS)

Event Speakers

    • Katarina Holm-Didio - Instructor
      Cross-cultural Trainer. Career and Job Search Consultant

      Katarina, a Cross-cultural Trainer, Freelance writer and Career Consultant, has over 13 years of experience global HR, cross-cultural training, international and strategic job search.

      Her experience includes working with major relocation service providers, the United Nations Secretariat, the UN Development Program, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and working in adult education in Finland.

      Katarina grew up in Finland and is fluent in Swedish and Finnish in addition to English and some French. Her areas of expertise are cross-cultural competence and managing transitions; strategic job search and career management; working and living in the US and in Finland and the Scandinavian countries.

      She has a Masters Degree in Social Science; Certifications in: Adult Career Planning and Placement; Cross-Cultural Competence; Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest inventory. She is currently finalizing her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on cross-cultural issues in counseling.

      She is monthly columnist for a newspaper in Finland, writes her own blog and is a board member of Families in Global Transition (FIGT). She has presented at the FIGT and SIETAR conferences about Cross-cultural Counseling and Finnish Culture.

    • Katarina Holm-Didio
    • Rachel Spence - Guest Speaker
      United Nations Information Center Fellow


      Rachel L Spence is a Fellow at the Washington United Nations Information Center, and is pursuing her MA in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Concentrating her studies in Latin America, international economics, and development, she traveled to Panama last May to conduct field research on sustainable development practices. Rachel is a graduate from Lafayette College with a BA in International Economics & Commerce and Spanish Language & Literature. During her time at Lafayette, she worked as a research assistant in the Foreign Languages Department and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Since graduating, she has worked in Washington for Congressman Charlie Dent of the 15th District of Pennsylvania, Council of the Americas, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 


    • Rachel Spence