Students & Campus
14 September 2021

What do you want to do when you graduate?

You might already have an answer to this question, but have you thought about the steps you can take to steer you towards your dream job while studying? Going from academia into professional life isn’t always a straight path but preparing now can make the transition much more fluid. 

Build up your skills and knowledge

For whatever career field you choose, ensure that the graduate programme you take will equip you with the proper tools and information to help you. The Graduate Institute offers six master programmes, including five disciplinary master programmes as well as an interdisciplinary master programme, which are designed to give you a greater understanding of international affairs and development.

Think about the “where”

Location, location, location. Considering where you study can have an impact on your post-graduate career. Situated in the heart of International Geneva, the Graduate Institute is in close proximity to a number of international organisations, including the European headquarters of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, but also many private sector businesses. And with that proximity comes opportunity, and point 3. 

Take advantage of internships

Internships are a great way to get not only a taste of professional life, they are also a way to build your network. Our Career Services has an online job portal where they post listings of internships available to students in Geneva. In addition, if you are enrolled in our Master in International and Development Studies, you may participate in an Applied Research Project, where you will get to work with partner businesses and organisations in International Geneva. 

Explore career guidance offered by your academic institution

With a mission to empower students, the Graduate Institute’s Career Services provide comprehensive training sessions, individual counselling, networking and job opportunities to help students explore their career options. Visit their page to discover all the options available to you as a student here.