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Twenty-something Art Historian and Political Scientist working for the United Nations in NYC.

Mary Jane Russell in yellow velour cap by Adolfo of Emme, bracelet, ring and earrings by David Webb, photo by Richard Rutledge, September 1955” (Via Sophia)

weallcanwink asked: Hi, I'm a 24 year old Australian, I have been studying Political Science for several years, but keep taking time off and leaving my degree every second semester and have no real direction and lately have been thinking of leaving it for good instead of finishing. I always wanted to work for the UN (dream job) but it seems more and more like a fantasy and like my degree wont really go anywhere. I suppose my question is, how did you end up working for the UN and do you have any advice? Thanks :-)

Hi there. Thanks for writing. A lot of people ask me this question, and I never really knew how to answer it, because I always thought that me working at the United Nations was mostly luck. I also always thought that once I actually landed a job at the UN -almost every political science student’s dream job- I would settle in one direction. However, it wasn’t that way. You see, as my bio points out, I’m also an Art Historian, something I’m completely passionate about and a career path I’m still considering. You would not believe how many people think I’m crazy because I’m not 100% certain that THIS is what I want to do with my life.

So I guess my suggestion to you is to try different things. Explore alternative career options. Take all the classes you can afford to take. If you’re not satisfied with one thing, try another. But when trying all these things, try hard. I now know that I work at the United Nations in part because I studied my butt off during my college years, and when I wasn’t satisfied as a poli sci student, I added art history classes to my curriculum. Sure, there was luck involved: I was fortunate enough to go to school New York City, which led to an amazing internship, which later led to a job. However, I’m sure there’s NGOs in Australia that does work that’s just as valuable and important as the one we do here in NYC, and that need you even more than the UN. Involving yourself in things you’re passionate about -not just theoretically but in praxis- will surely help you find leads towards what you really want to do, and might as well be a stepping stone for the UN -that is unless you find yourself passionate about something else. I’m currently in this never-ending process myself :)

So work your ass off, explore new things and try to have fun while you do.

Best of luck,

M.M. (i.e. Audrey Hepburn Complex)

Gema Gonzalez

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