Help me create my own career of being an international citizen!
March 6, 2012 1:54 PM Subscribe
What are careers that are like being in the US Foreign Service (the diplomatic corps), but not?
I'm in the midst of my 30s crisis of trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
Here is a long description of what I'm interested in:
My top choice is the Foreign Service, but after passing the test, I was rejected from the next step in the process. Oh well! I'll keep trying until they either accept me or I get bored with the process, but I can only do this once a year.
I was attracted to the FS, specifically the public diplomacy cone, because it includes international travel, the chance to learn multiple languages, utilized my strengths in writing, public relations and marketing, and would help others. (I was previously an expat in China for six years, where I basically did a lot of this.)
In the past six months, I've been going through a long and torturous job search, and I've come to realize a few things. 1) I tend to apply for jobs and companies that I think that I can get, but am not actually very interested in. 2) I've had a fair amount of feedback from friends and classmates saying that they think I'd be much happier in a large organization than in a small one (where most of my experience has been).
Now I'm at the point where I'm taking a break from all of the flailing about to figure out what it is what I really want to do and shoot for the moon.
I'm an ENFJ and a Helper on the Enneagram test. Thanks to the tests, I've come to realize recently that I'd be much happier with a career where I'm interacting with and helping people. I do volunteer on a local and community basis, and while this is satisfying because I can see direct results from my efforts, I'd like to really help people on a larger and a more international scale. Although my background is in marketing, I'm deeply uncomfortable with the idea of selling stuff, even when it was books and magazines that arguably had a real impact on people's lives.
A couple of ideas that I've had: Foreign Service Specialist, USAID, international development, public affairs department at international marcomm firms, cause marketing, international school teacher, etc.
What are some careers that would be good alternatives to the Foreign Service and encompass my interests (travel, writing, PR, marketing) and values (internationalist outlook, helping others)? What would I need to do to develop that kind of career (many of the ideas that I've had seem to require graduate level degrees, and I already have one in something completely unrelated)?