Former Fiscal Policy Research Intern at American Enterprise Institute
about 2 years ago
I think that this degree is one that naturally folds into the US Intelligence Community. I would encourage finding a specialization and a language and marketing yourself as someone who can come in as a Junior Associate or analyst, but be ready to hit the ground running.
Experience. Go out and expose your skills and yourself to people, jobs, and volunteer opportunities to gain needed experience for later. By doing this, you will not only have new things to add to your resume, but you also are building connections with people from you perspective field or just simply networking that may help you later in you future job search. Honestly, an International Studies degree can take a couple different tracks: global and economic. Find which path is right for you and try an internship in that field and see if you really enjoy the work that you are doing and think if you can picture yourself in that job field long-term. If you can't, don't worry! You always have to try something before you know if it's the right fit. So real-life experience will help shape what you want to do and how you do it. Build up your resume with skills and opportunities that help you stand out to your employers!
Your international degree helps you stand out from others who do not have one in a business world. All business is global. Knowing how to function internationally is key to being successful. There are nuances that can make or break the sales cycle. Understanding cultures, buying patterns/triggers, market volatility, etc Depending upon the industry you are looking to enter, it would be good to learn more about the players and any regional aspects. If the industry predominately works with players in Japan, it would be wise to learn as much as you can about how to do business in Japan.