Professionals within peace negotiation or conflict resolution can choose to work in a variety of fields, including law, diplomacy/government, education, and business. Non-profit organizations and federal agencies and departments within the U.S. and outside of the U.S. are positioned to address the needs of conflict-ridden communities around the world. Several training programs and certifications are also available for those who are interested in addressing conflict in workplace, or business, environments. The scope and impact of this work varies, from large-scale state-related peace negotiation to small-scale office-setting conflict resolution.
The best way to find a job in Conflict Resolution and Peace Negotiation is likely through professional contacts. Developing and maintaining professional relationships may provide job seekers with firsthand knowledge of job openings not posted on any website. The Office of Career Strategy recommends exploring various networking options: (1) Cross Campus, (2) review peer networking surveys that detail fellow Yale students’ experiences through Yale Career Link, located under the Career Library, and (3) join LinkedIn to find thousands of Yale alums.
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Although obtaining a master’s degree in conflict resolution and/or peace negotiation is oftentimes necessary for roles within this field, there are several steps students can take to position themselves for this career opportunity before obtaining a specialized master’s degree. Pursuing opportunities within departments/offices in organizations and companies that handle conflict is a great first step to take to show future employers interest in this career path. Students can also frame their research pursuits in their courses around topics relating to conflict, or conflict-ridden regions of the world, to work toward becoming subject-matter or area experts.
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