Jobs Involving Cities, w/o math + grad school
November 4, 2013 5:40 PM Subscribe
I love cities, I love walking around in them, I love learning about them, and I would like to make a career out of this. Caveats: I do not want to deal with math/science, and I would really rather not go to grad school.
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I am currently a junior undergrad majoring in Peace Studies (haha stereotypical liberal arts school major but I don't regret it at all), and with one more year to go I have started to really consider what it is I want to do. A recent conversation with a friend made me realize that all that I have wanted to do is live in and learn about cities - that is what fires me up inside.
What how can I make this love of cities into a career? What options do I have?
1) No careers overwhelmed with math/science, e.g architecture, urban planning - this is non-negotiable.
2) I had an internship where I was doing research and policy all day concerning transportation. I hated it. Policy work is not for me.
3) I will go to grad school kicking and screaming. If there is no other choice, fine. But surely there are other choices - that's why I'm asking Metafilter!
4) I'm an international student (not American), and I do not want to go back to my home country, which leads to #3 below...
5) Fluent only in English (I plan on being fluent in Mandarin in a few years).
1) I have rock-solid experiences and skills in non-violent communication and peace-building. I have been trained as a community mediator, done some mediations, and I am part of my school's phone-hotline-kind-of service.
2) I have interned at a few NGOs, and I realized that what I enjoy is really getting to know people, getting involved in their lives and communities. For a while I was interested in being a community organizer.
3) I would be ok going anywhere in the world. Anywhere. As long as the city is large enough and there are skyscrapers I can lose myself in. An anglophone/largely anglophone country/city would be preferable.
4) I can definitely write.
I read on Cyburbia that sometimes private firms are hired to be immersed in an urban community and find out what they want out of urban policy-makers, which seems interesting.
As a junior, I know I have time to think about this, but I'd rather have a goal first so I can coalesce my studies and research around it. Metafilter! Do any of you have jobs concerning cities that are a little off the beaten track? Tell me anything and everything!