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Old Dominion University's Graduate Program in International Studies will sponsor two presentations on March 29 and 30 by Maria Pinto Carland, associate director of the master of science in foreign service program at Georgetown University and editor of the the award-winning guidebook "Careers in International Affairs," now in its seventh edition. GPIS is offering the presentations as a service to all ODU undergraduate and graduate students who may be considering a career in the field of international affairs.

Carland will speak on "Interviewing and Networking for Careers in International Affairs" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in 2100 Constant Hall.

The following day, at 10 a.m., she will lead a group-dynamics exercise, "Preparing for Oral Assessments: A Group Exercise," in the Isle of Wight
Room of Webb Center. This will be a problem-solving simulation to prepare applicants for the State Department's foreign service exam and similar oral assessment procedures that applicants for jobs in international career fields increasingly encounter.

"Employers are finding that applicants' transcripts, resumes and interviews may identify them as high achievers, but reveal very little about interpersonal skills, which are crucial in a world where working in teams is so common," said Robert H. Holden, associate director of GPIS. "In this exercise, six GPIS students will be observed while engaging in a group effort, under tight time constraints, to negotiate a satisfactory outcome. The exercise will simulate an embassy meeting where staffers have to choose between proposals."

Students who wish to attend either of these sessions are urged to read Carland's book, "Careers in International Affairs," which is on reserve at the circulation desk of Perry Library (call number JZ1238.U6 C37 2003). Carland has played a leading role as first chair for the Career Officers of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and career counselor for the International Career Advancement Program for mid-career professionals of color. She also serves on scholarship selection committees and mid-career promotion boards for the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development, and as a consultant for the Institute of International Education's Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Program.
Before joining Georgetown, Carland served on the staff of the Patterson School of International Diplomacy and Commerce of the University of
Kentucky and the graduate history department of the University of Toronto, the U.S.-United Nations Association and the Foreign Policy Association.

This article was posted on: March 20, 2006

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