Working for the United Nations. An opportunity for recent university graduates?
This year's University of Vienna career fair UNI-SUCCESS once again brought together companies, job portals and post-graduate educational institutions for a day-long event targeted at current students and recent graduates. For the first time, the United Nations Information Service (UNIS Vienna) participated in the event on 14 June, with a workshop as well as the participation of UNIS Vienna Director Janos Tisovszky in a panel discussion on "Opportunities for globe trotters".
Starting off with the panel discussion, Mr. Tisovszky and representatives from OECD, Médecins Sans Frontières and Horizont3000 talked about their personal career paths and what it takes to be a professional in "tough jobs" such as international development. Multi-cultural awareness, open-mindedness and professionalism were listed as some of the most important skills necessary to work in an international environment.
The very well attended panel discussion was followed by the UNIS workshop that turned out to be the most attended workshop of the day. After a short introduction to the United Nations in general, the UNIS Director highlighted the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) as an opportunity to enter the workforce of the UN as a recent graduate. Judging from the large audience and the many questions posed after the presentation, the interest in a UN career remains as high as ever and the upcoming YPP examinations might receive a lot of applications from Austria this year.