The Stuckert Career Center does an exceptional job assisting University of Kentucky students and alumni with career exploration and job search tools. The Center offers throughout the year general career counseling, career workshops, mock interview training, and public and private sector recruitment events. While the career center can be an outstanding resource, we believe – in keeping with our specialized program of study – that career assistance must also be personalized.
Patterson School faculty, staff, and alumni will offer insights on how to craft successful resumes and applications, on which internships best compliment your ambitions, and on how to negotiate the seemingly Byzantine federal job process. The economic environment in the United States continues to pose serious employment challenges and recent increases in hiring by public foreign affairs agencies (State, Commerce, intelligence), while promising, have certainly not matched demand. Although it is difficult to track the job market, our faculty often alert students and alumni to potentially promising opportunities that arise. Alumni are also known to peruse the Patterson School LinkedIn group site for possible candidates for internships and open positions.
As helpful as all this support is intended to be, it is no substitute for each student's own initiative, commitment, and drive. Students should decide how to package coursework, an internship, language ability, and prior experience to best pursue their goals. Students must also determine if a life bouncing from one continent to another as a Foreign Service officer is preferable to one working out of Tokyo or Paris as a sales manager. Or, whether they are prepared for the danger that could accompany living in the Middle East or the poverty that may surround them in West Africa or South Asia. Our faculty's decades of employment in global careers can be of valuable assistance here, as can the experience of our more recent graduates. But, once again, only the student knows what truly drives his or her heart and soul.