As an IR student it can sometimes be challeging to imagine what kind of career will follow, due to the variety of courses and theories we have actually studied. Below, 6 Ted Talks are listed that include tips and tricks on your future career, but also give insights on other IR related struggles and will hopefully help you in planning out your future.
Why you will fail to have a great career: Larry Smith explains the importance in following one’s passion when pursuing a career. His talk brings more clarity as to why passion and personal interests are the main factors of success. (Duration: 11 mins)
Empathy in International Relations: Paolo Magri, a freelance journalist and professor of IR at Bocconi University, highlights why empathy is one of the most important skills needed when working in the field of politics. Conflict resolution requires empathetic thinking. (Duration: 20 mins)
On Being a Woman and a Diplomat: Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gives insights into her experiences with working in a male-dominated position in politics. She further focuses on why women’s issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. (Duration: 13 mins)
The Art of Diplomacy: Letting Others Have Your Way: Cory Leonard brings awareness to the importance of conversing diplomatically in negotiations. This recipe to being a successful communicator and leader is essential for anyone whose work requires social interactions. (Duration: 13 mins)
Lessons from Living in Ten Foreign Countries: An Irish teacher shares some thoughtful insights on what qualities and views are helpful in making living abroad a rewarding experience, and what the criteria for making oneself a new home are. (Duration: 14 mins)
Cross Cultural Communication: Pellegrino Riccardi explains how cultural and interpersonal gaps can be bridged when communicating internationally. This is an important skill for anyone working in an international setting and with foreign NGOs or governments. (Duration: 20 mins)