What Can I Become If I Study International Relations?

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    Samuel Tolulope

    If you’re reading this, you must be wondering: what can you do with an International Relations degree?

    You’ll have the opportunity to maintain positive diplomatic relations between countries, prevent international conflicts, and make sure things run smoothly between governments in our highly interconnected world.

    1. Diplomat – Maintaining good relations between countries
    As a diplomat, you will represent and protect a nation’s interests abroad in terms of politics, trade and consular services. You’ll spend usually around three years in a foreign country. Some of your responsibilities will be:

    Act as a link between the country you represent and the country where you are stationed
    Collect and report on all the information that would affect your nation’s interests
    Discuss, negotiate and mediate with the local government issues about peace and war, trade, commerce, economics, as well as social and cultural aspects.

    2. Intelligence Specialist – Gathering state-critical information
    As an intelligence specialist, you can work in the military, the navy, national security departments, or almost any state department of one of the national government agencies. Your main duties will include:

    Collect and analyse operational intelligence data
    Conduct mission reports, using data, maps and charts
    Evaluate results and prepare reports, statistics and graphics
    Maintain intelligence databases, libraries, and files.

    3. Political Analyst – Explaining the political climate
    Generally, you’ll be employed by the government, but you can also find work opportunities within media companies or research institutes. Your tasks will be to:

    Inform about and interpret various political developments
    Analyse laws, public policies, and government decisions
    Advise government officials, political parties, or the media
    Forecast political trends and election results
    Put events into historical context.

    4. Lobbyist – Promoting ideas to those who can make them a reality
    Lobbyists are usually hired by an association, corporation, or non-profit organisation to convince government members to make a decision that would benefit the organisation or company they are representing.

    As a lobbyist you will perform tasks like:

    Monitor, research and analyse legislation
    Attend congressional hearings
    Reach out to government policymakers
    Use communication tools to promote ideas to the public.

    5. Communication Specialist in a non-profit
    A degree in International Relations can land you a job in a non-profit organisation that operates on an international level. As a Communications Specialist, you’ll have the chance to develop your career in a local office that has a global reach. Non-profit agencies like World Vision and Red Cross provide such global service, but there are many other options, too. Your main duties will be:

    Creating effective communication strategies
    Handling internal communications
    Writing content for media and social networks
    Graduates of International Relations degrees can pursue even more careers in the field. Discover them for yourself by diving into the wide range of Masters all over the world connected to this popular subject.

    Average International Relations jobs salaries
    Being passionate about your job and doing something that’s meaningful to you and beneficial to the society is great. Still, at the end of the month, you’ll have to pay bills, buy food, and spoil yourself a bit. For this, you’ll need money. Let’s look at the average salaries in the US for popular International Relations career paths.

    Diplomat – 87,000 USD/year
    Intelligence Specialist – 75,500 USD/year
    Political Analyst – 94,000 USD/year
    Lobbyist – 87,500 USD/year
    Communication Specialist – 55,000 USD/year

    To have a successful career in one of these fields, make sure that during your studies you develop the right skills, such as learning at least two foreign languages, level-up your communication skills, persuasion and negotiation abilities, creativity, and problem-solving skills.


    If you’d suggest, what two foreign language would you advice me to learn in order for me to develop my skills?

    Samuel Tolulope

    You have to be multilingual to have an edge over your peers. But the preferred language should be French, and Spanish. But China is becoming a force. So madanrin is important too.


    Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate

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