Interview: Global Research Specialist

26 Mar

For this first interview, I interviewed a young woman who does risk assessment for a large international corporation.  I wasn’t familiar with her job title, but when she told me about her job responsibilities, it sounded very interesting!  I wouldn’t mind a job like this!

1.     What is your job title?

Global Research Specialist

2.     What are your job responsibilities?

I monitor world events—be they human-produced or natural incidents—and assess the risk they could pose on my company’s efficiency.  Ensuring worldwide employees’ safety and security is my job.

3.     What do you enjoy about your job?

A large part of what I do is keep up with the news and make sure I’m informed about what’s going on all over the world.  This [staying up on current events] is something that I always felt I didn’t have enough time to do, and would do [if I had more time].  I get paid to learn!  I write a lot and am able to proofread many documents—which is nerdy, but I really enjoy it.  I also like the majority of the people I work with, which is definitely an added bonus!

4.     What is challenging or frustrating about your job?

The amount of information I’m expected to process and have off-hand knowledge of can be a bit overwhelming.  Every day is a bit different, so I have to always be on my toes and think ahead of how to react in a variety of situations.  A lot of people’s personal welfare rides on our shoulders.

5.     Is this your dream job, a stepping stone toward your dream job or something you kinda fell into?

This is totally something I fell into and never would have thought to apply myself toward.  However, it is a stepping stone in getting myself financially stable and hopefully networking to expose my skills to a variety of people.  It will allow me to work toward my dream job—travel writer—on the side, while gaining valuable experience at a well-known company.

6.     What did you study in college?

I received my bachelor’s degree in English and my master’s degree in Latin American Studies, focusing on Political Science and Art.  My educational and professional backgrounds are totally all over the place.

7.     What did you want to be as a child?

I wanted to be a visual artist, like a painter.  I still draw and paint every now and then.  It turns out that I am still an artist, just in a different field—writing.

8.     Do you earn enough money to make ends meet?  If so, are you comfortable or barely getting by?

I am just starting out in my job, so it’s really tough to tell.  I imagine I could be comfortable—but the kind of comfortable that comes with minimum cushion—in a few months.  Right now, I’m trying to pay off school loans and get used to paying rent, etc. This job allows me to support myself (I was living with my parents before I got this job—not fun!) and do little fun things on the side, so it’s not so bad.  I do, however, feel that I am not paid as much as I should be.
9.     How secure is your job?  Has the recession affected your field?

Like I said, I just started the job, so I’m hoping it’s stable.  It is in the security field for a large company, though, so hopefully they’ll be keeping me around for awhile!  I personally think that the recession has affected pretty much everyone! I had an almost-minimum wage paying job for a couple months before this, so basically it took me an entire year to find stable work after graduating with my master’s degree.

10.  Would you recommend this type of work to someone else?

I would recommend this kind of work to someone who is highly interested in politics and current events, and who can process a lot of information at once.  I realize that this job would not be everyone’s cup of tea; you have to be kind of nerdy and hyper-vigilant.  But being both of those things, I am currently very happy with my job!

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One Response to “Interview: Global Research Specialist”

  1. Esther Weger March 26, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Keeping up on global news events-that is a lucky job. She is right about not being paid as much as the job requires but not uncommon these days. It is an accomplishment to have a job in this economy. Since hers is a new one I wish her longevity and success.

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