March 20, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices
Amber Barger, BBA ’08, joined the United States Peace Corps two weeks after graduating with a degree in marketing. As a business development advisor in rural Mongolia, she primarily worked at a small Chamber of Commerce branch to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs. Following her Peace Corps service, she returned to the central Texas area to work as the manager of the leadership development training program for City Year AmeriCorps Members.
This post offers a glimpse into employment opportunities that aren’t often spotlighted for business majors. Community development and nonprofit programs benefit greatly from having business-minded individuals on the team. Here are a few benefits for you, the business major, to joining a program like Peace Corps or City Year:
– Live in a new place with a support network. Peace Corps currently operates in 65 countries internationally, while City Year serves in 25 cities domestically. Each of the programs offers a support network of fellow volunteers and staff to assist with your transition. Volunteers chat among each other via online forums prior to the program’s start and are a continuous support for each other through challenging parts of the program.
– Engage in meaningful work right out of college graduation. A benefit to working with Peace Corps or City Year is the opportunity to make an impact with relatively little professional experience. You’ll be working directly with the client (i.e. students, business owners, government officials). If you don’t want to wait years to work your way up the workforce ladder to make a large scale contribution, then these programs are for you!
– Learn from an intense intercultural immersion experience. Both City Year and Peace Corps immerse their volunteers in the communities in which they serve. The programs are specifically designed for professional success to build off of collaborative community integration and understanding. Peace Corps Volunteers, for example, learn the local language, live in traditional housing, and make the same living stipend as their counterparts. In order to be successful, volunteers must develop a deep understanding of diversity and the way it can be tapped for achievement – an important skill that’s valued by most employers.
– Access unique graduate school scholarships. If you’re thinking of attending graduate school, both Peace Corps and City Year have education partnerships with dozens of schools which offer a 25-100% tuition reduction. Along with the official partnerships, applicants are often competitive for other scholarships and grants. In addition, this type of working experience adds a unique dimension to your applicant profile.
If you’re currently a senior, please get started on your Peace Corps or City Year application soon! Reach out to the Peace Corps campus recruiter, Kristi Stillwell, or Marnee Grant, City Year’s regional recruiter, for more information.