MA in Global Affairs

Amina Derbi, 2014

Amina Derbi

What work are you doing now?

I am an import policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Highlights of my job include research, written analysis, and outreach to U.S. industries participating in the global market.

What do you like about it?

I enjoy interacting with clients and find it most rewarding when I feel that they were well served thanks to the expertise of those on my team. Seeing the way our work positively impacts clients motivates me to continue to work diligently every day. I also appreciate being surrounded by passionate colleagues who are encouraging and create a highly engaging and welcoming work environment. One of the aspects I appreciate the most about the work is that I get the chance to apply what I studied in school in an office environment.

How did your degree in the college prepare you to do this work?

One of the benefits of the Global Affairs MA program is that it is interdisciplinary, and encourages students to examine pressing global issues from multiple angles. Taking the challenging courses on human systems, environmental policy, global economics, and energy policy honed my critical thinking, writing, and analytical abilities. Furthermore, the program equipped me with a versatile skill set which I am able to apply on a daily basis in my current position.

What advice would you give current students about developing their careers?

Before working for the government or private sector, I recommend that all students spend some time in the non-profit sector. While I was there, I learned to become very creative and proactive, making a lot happen with very little resources available. Also, interning is very important because it gives students valuable work experience and references while they are in school. These are very beneficial after graduation. I am very grateful for the work experiences I had before my current job because they also helped prepare me for my current role, which I am very happy with.



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