Thursday, 24 February 2011

Getting a sense of your future

A SAIS education takes place both in and outside the classroom.

Ours is a professional graduate school, and students start planning their careers well before graduation. Our Career Services offices in Bologna and Washington help them.

Every year SAIS Bologna students have the opportunity to travel to explore career opportunities. This year students went to London and Brussels -- two highly sought after destinations for SAISers. There they visited a mix of companies and institutions: financial services groups, human rights organizations, political risk analysis firms, European institutions, think tanks and media companies.

As we noted yesterday, SAIS graduates go into a range of fields in the private and public sectors, the nonprofit realm and multilateral organizations.

Career trips help students focus on what they will do in the summer between their first and second years, and also on what they might want to do after graduating from SAIS.

Our alumni, who are engaged in an array of careers, help organize the visits and provide advice to students who are in the same shoes they were in 3,5, 10 or even 20 years ago.

Today a panel of SAIS Bologna students who went to London and Brussels shared their thoughts with colleagues who were unable to make the trips.

I spoke to the students before their presentation:

Amina Abdiuahab