Maria Gilani

Maria Gilani

MA International Affairs

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Got a Bachelor Degree
got my first job related to my studies
after 1 year I wanted to go abroad
moved to Geneva to work for the UN
i wanted to go back to school
moved to NYC to go a master at Columbia University
moved to Europe and started working in the private sector
Realized that I am not a private sector person, I prefer Human Rights and Advocacy work...

Education

High School
Bachelor
Kingston University
Graduate
International Relations and Affairs
Kingston University

Career

MA International Affairs

Currently writing an academic book.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Politics
Writing
Helping People

Day to Day

Working in the oil and petroleum sector can be hectic. A typical day starts with video conferences with colleagues in overseas offices. There might be a time difference, meaning you might have to come to office early or leave late. Afternoon meetings, presentations to your team of the weekly and monthly progresses.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

- internship - volunteering - experience from working abroad - language skills (foreign language is a must)

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Try to work in the summers as an intern or Trainee. Apply to companies where you would like to pursue your career. In the best case, they might hire you after you complete your university degree. Or, you might find out that this sort of job is not what you would like to do in future.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
International Relations and Affairs
graduate
Graduate
International Relations and Affairs

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should get a proper job."