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Acknowledgments

We are most grateful to the interns and volunteers of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) who helped compile and annotate the selected resources in the first edition of this book, which was initially assembled as a handout for career round-table participants. In particular, we benefited from the conscientious research, editing skills, and enthusiasm of Chris Bassett, Alexander Hunt, Joanne Tay, and Melissa Whited.

For the second edition, special thanks go to Briana Cappelletti for her hard work researching and fact-checking, her constructive questions and suggestions, and her can-do attitude. We are grateful to Frank Kasell for his detailed copy editing and for the polish he brought to the book.

We extend a special thank you to Richard Brown, director of Georgetown University Press, for believing that a second edition of Working World will provide valuable guidance and inspiration to those seeking international careers.

Mark: I am grateful for the support that my colleagues—most notably at NCIV, Georgetown University, and the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange—have given on this book project, as well as for all that they have taught me about what it means to create a rewarding career in these exciting fields. My gratitude goes to Michael McCarry at the Alliance for his support and flexibility as we finished this project. I am indebted to Tate and Tuey for their company and insightful editorial suggestions. My most sincere thanks must go to Sherry for inviting me to be a coauthor on this book, for our work together on this second edition, and for continually imparting valuable lessons, large and small, that make me a better professional and a better person. And last in this list but first in my life, my love and thanks go to my wife Katie for her support and her encouragement, and for always making sure I was up in the morning to do what needed to be done.

Sherry: Heartfelt thanks to my family for their love and steadfast support throughout the writing process—in particular, Jeff Lee, Kathy Kolacinski, Gisela Leusink (my Experiment "sister"), and Jamey Eklund. You are my anchors. I'm grateful to Mary, Sheri, Betsy, Katey, Carol, Peg, and Herb for their enduring friendship and unflagging encouragement. Thanks to Rima for the delicious food she prepared that kept Mark and me going during our collaboration sessions. I would also like to acknowledge my remarkable mentors, Bill Olson and Nancy Friedersdorf. And thanks to Ellie and Mimi, whose companionship during the writing and editing process was much appreciated and never failed to elicit smiles.

A salute to Mark, my coauthor, for his commitment to excellence. It is truly a joy to work with him. Finally, I want to convey my gratitude to the NCIV board chairs I was privileged to work with during my almost sixteen years as president of that nationwide network of citizen diplomats: Bruce Buckland, Sandy Madrid, Alan Kumamoto, Phyllis Layton Perry, Jim Stockton, Larry Chastang, and Alexander Durtka. They valued initiative, modeled leadership, and contributed in many ways to my professional growth and current view on what it means to embrace a cause.

Introduction

Idealists Preferred

For most of our adult lives, we spend more time at our workplaces than we do in our own homes. Pursuing a career means making a series of choices that determine what we do with most of our waking hours. Inevitably, each choice we make exacts a price. The key is to be as aware as we can possibly be—up front—of the trade-offs our choices generate.

Some people can be quite comfortable working within the large, elaborately structured bureaucracy of a government department or multinational organization. Others feel much more at home in a smaller, less structured, nongovernmental organization. For some, with pressing student loans or a family to support, financial compensation is a primary concern. For others, salary and benefits are trumped by other considerations. There are no right or wrong answers here—just the awareness that a job search requires engaging in serious reflection, knowing your preferences, and understanding the circumstances in which you do your best work.

The purpose of this book is to equip you to make wise choices. Whether searching for that first entry-level job, making a midcareer change, or considering encore employment, it is vital that you make conscious choices and consider carefully the wide array of options within the fields of international education, exchange, and development.

 
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