The benefits of participating in the International Relations Career Challenge program make it a unique opportunity for young people willing to develop a career in the international affairs area:
The program sessions are attended by high-level professionals with a vast practical experience in international organisations and in the United Nations system in particular. The speakers will share insights with you on the career opportunities in the international affairs area, give advice and make recommendations for your career path. The program also offers excellent networking opportunities as you will be able to make personal contacts and build connections with experienced professionals.
The program targets to provide individual assistance to every participant attending the IRCC – and therefore the size of the class for every intake is limited. On average, the course is attended by 25-30 students, which allows you to get individual career coaching throughout all five days of the program. Furthermore, this limit allows participants to enjoy the opportunity to talk to the high-level speakers in person both at the sessions and at the receptions and receive their advice concerning your personal background and goals.
The program includes assignments to practice three major professional roles in which you can be involved in while working in international organisations – Research and Policy Recommendations, Project Management and Campaign and Outreach. The assignments are simulations of real projects in international organisations and are structured to provide you hands-on experience across different roles at the decision-making level. You will be able to engage in responsibilities associated with each of these roles and understand which one is the most suitable for you, as well as to develop skills necessary for each role. Your work and findings are evaluated by high-level speakers with real professional experience who will provide constructive feedback for your further consideration.
The program includes workshops to help you prepare for job recruitment stages. Students will receive detailed guidelines on how to present the profile in the best possible way and get noticed by the hiring department at the time of the application. Another exercise is dedicated to the competency-based interviews format, which is often used by international organisations. You will learn a specific framework to answer the competency based questions making you fully prepared to answer even the most challenging questions at the real interview.
At the program we target to have a very diverse group of students with diverse backgrounds coming from different countries around the world. For the previous IRCC intakes, the program was attended by participants of 15-17 different nationalities. This year we plan to have even more diversity to create an international and intercultural working environment similar to those of international organisations.