I provide consulting advice to companies who are looking to transfer their employees abroad. This is mainly in the form of providing cost of living comparisons between countries, but I also make recommendations about relocation logistics in general, the compensation package the employee should be offered, and any location-specific factors to consider. I work with all types of companies in all industries, who are sending employees to nearly every country in the world.
Undergrad degree: International Relations and Global Studies
Graduate degree: Master's degree in International Education.
College to career: My undergraduate degree has not played much of a role in my present career at all! My first job out of college was as a paralegal for a federal agency in Washington D.C. After that, I had a few more random administrative jobs before "deciding what I wanted to do with my life" and going back to get my Master's degree in International Education. I thought I knew what I wanted to do at that point, which was work in the study abroad field, but it wasn't until I was partially through the program and learned about more career options by being around people in the field that I really honed in on what I wanted to do: work in a company's Human Resource department doing Global Mobility (ie moving their employees to offices abroad, or vice versa). I got a job at Lehman Brothers doing exactly that, but when they went bankrupt, I was able to take my experiences there and become a consultant advising other companies on this issue.
Career influences: My main influence on my career choice was the amazing and transformative experiences I had while studying abroad in high school and college. Initially, I wanted to help facilitate study abroad programs for other students, but after learning more about career options in that field, that goal shifted into facilitating work abroad programs for adults, which is what I do now.