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What are the Prospects?

Ok so if you read any of my posts you know that next term I’m supposed to graduate, with my second Master’s.  Yes the first was in Journalism and was a while ago.

But what’s next?

For me, that would be a job in the field of Conflict Resolution.  Now before you here look for a list of jobsites, don’t.  You can do that on your own.  And no, I’m not going to tell you the intricacies of what Human Resource Departments look for either.  For that inside look read this very good blog.

No.

I’m going to look at the entire Field of CR and see what’s trending, by heading here, to Indeed.com.  Sure it’s a jobsite but that’s not it’s real power.  What it can show you are industry trends, like this, based on number of jobs.  And for the good industries you wan the graph to slope UP to the right.  Holding steady is ok, but you don’t want to see this, which means a shrinking field of jobs, and more competition per spot.

Another source of job information is here, and is worth a look.

As with any charts pay attention to the scales you see.  Not all are the same so the lines can be misleading, look here for a fuller description.

As for me?  This looks pretty good — but looking closer it doesn’t seem that there are many jobs to start with.  At least it’s not as sporadic as this job is.

But don’t think that staring at your screen will get you that job either.  You’ve heard it all before, get out and make contacts, then try some of these ideas to leverage them into what you seek.  Though I hate to say it, my dad was right, “it’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.”  And that’s the trick.

As for me?  Well the future seems pretty good, at least according to this article.

But I have a lot of hands still  to shake…

What do you think?

Studying Peace – Hands on?

Next term is my last in the NECR Program here at Columbia, assuming it all goes well.  And as I gear up for my Capstones, that also seems to have me looking at alternatives and playing “what if.”

“What if I want to learn about Peace, or Conflict Resolution but don’t want (or can’t) to do all the work?”

I was thinking about this (yes really, and it might have to do with working on final papers…) riding the subway from school, and realized there are alternatives.  Sure there are certificate courses that can add value to existing degrees, like the one here on Human Rights this summer.  But what about other approaches?

There is this, an online peace building course based in Washington, DC.  Looks pretty good, right?  It’s a beta-test which is why it’s free for now, but it still seems interesting.

For the more determined peace-keeper there’s this institute that has several courses for the United Nations.  Some seem pretty intriguing, and many are online.

Online.  Peace. Peace Studies. Conflict Resolution.  Online.

For me that all seems a little odd, doesn’t it?  Don’t get me wrong, I like online, after all that’s how I’m writing this Blog.  But shouldn’t conflict resolution and peace studies deal with people?  I think so.

Ok, so I’m airing a bias here and perhaps I’m too old-school, but I believe that if you’re going to engage with conflicts and peace in any way, you have to engage with the people involved.

And that can be hard to do through a computer screen.

Computers are great, I love mine, and was amazed at the power of crisis mapping that was the focus of a class we had  as part of my Conflict & Social Networks course (see post on Typhoon Haiyan).  None of that powerful life-changing help can be done without a computer, and it saves lives.

But at some point, I feel one has to be on the ground, breathing the air, shaking hands and being face-to-face with those involved.

If we don’t know who parties to a conflict are, or what they deal with and experience, how can we have a dialogue or help in any meaningful, lasting way?

What do you think?