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I work at the Consulate General of the United States of America in Milan, Italy. I oversee and coordinate official relations of the United States in northern Italy.
I knew I wanted to do international work, and when I decided to go to business school, Thunderbird was a natural choice. I felt that Thunderbird was about doing international business, while other programs were about doing business internationally.
I saw a sign for the Foreign Service Exam in the Thunderbird Career Center, and since the once-per-year exam was offered right on campus, I decided to sign up on a lark. The business and finance background I gained at Thunderbird, plus the international studies and language courses, have been valuable in my diplomatic career. At every posting overseas, other T-birds have provided an instant network of contacts and access into the local scene.
Many of my best friends are those I met at Thunderbird. We are now located all around the world, which has meant some great travel opportunities and wonderful reunions. We always feel like we have a T-bird family. Months and years go by, but we take up right where we left off!
The mystique is the instant bond of shared interests and curiosity that seems to emerge every time you meet another T-bird, anywhere in the world.
Entry level is entry level… Even coming out of Thunderbird with a Master’s degree, be prepared to start with work you might think “beneath your level.” Use every experience to inform and position yourself for the next experience. Consider government and non-profit work (you can always move to the private sector later). Above all, enjoy what you do.
As part of the ASU family, Thunderbird offers a broader network and more opportunities, resources, facilities and infrastructure than ever before. A winter or two spent in Arizona (and even the summers!) are magical, and you will graduate with a life-long network of friends and connections across the globe.