DAVID J. SMITH

CONSULTANT | SPEAKER | COACH | TRAINER

Career Coaching

Often recent college grads starting off their careers and more senior professionals looking for change are in need of advice and mentoring to further their goals. I offer career coaching to those interested in the conflict resolution, conflict management, international education, and imgrespeacebuilding fields. One-on-one I can offer insight and provide direction for your career aspirations: be you a newbie in the field or someone with many years of experience.

I’ve benefited from working in a range of environments including academia, think-tank/governmental,  not for profit/NGO, and in the private sector. I’ve also spent time overseas including as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, and worked domestically in community and family mediation.  I was awarded the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution by the Association for Conflict Resolution. Read about my background here. Throughout my 30 years in the field, I’ve spent countless hours advising individuals looking to build a career working on conflict and peacebuilding issues.

I have also written about careers.   I’m the co-author of Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (Special Report 246, U.S. Institute of Peace, 2010) which is an examination of graduate peacebuilding education. My article, Starting a Career Building Peace, aimed at college students, has been downloaded nearly 10,000 times. And in 2016, I  published the book Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace. I also occasionally teach a course at George Mason University in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution designed for graduate students interested in  careers in academia. 

If you struggling to launch your career or in need of change, please let me know how I can help. Email me at davidjsmith@davidjsmithconsulting.com to set up a phone call or meeting (in person if in the DC area, otherwise, via Skype).

In addition, I have some resources you can explore here.

 

Updated 3/29/17

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