Career Coaching

Recent college graduates  and more senior professionals looking for change are at times in need of advice and mentoring to further their goals. I offer career coaching to those interested in the not for profit/NGO, law, government, conflict resolution, public policy, higher education,  international education, international development, humanitarian, international affairs, and peacebuilding fields. One-on-one I can offer insight and provide direction for your career aspirations: be you a newbie or someone with many years of experience.

I’ve benefited from working in a range of settings including in the higher education, think-tank, not for profit/NGO, and private sectors. I’ve also spent time overseas including as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, and engaged in the private practice of law. 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 work here.

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.  In 2016, I  published the book Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace

I am an official member of Forbes Coaches Council and contribute regularly to Forbes.com.  I have also taken course work through Coach Training Alliance.

A collection of my career related articles is here. I also have some resources you can explore here. I also periodically post career videos on my YouTube channel.

I offer an hourly rate but also more tailored payment plans including bundling certain activities (resume development, LinkedIn profile, cover letter) for a fixed fee.

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 or Zoom). I look forward to hearing from you!

Updated 12/30/19

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