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Last night, June 3, I moderated the seminar entitled “Career at the international organizations” at the Academy Hills.  We had Ms. Martha Helena Lopez, Director, Strategic Planning and Staff Division, Office of the Human Resource Management, United Nations and Mr. John Ericson, Chief, Outreach Unit of the same Division with us.  We also had Mr. Akira Tsuchiya, Director, Japan Office, World Economic Forum.

I started the session by introducing briefly the current status of the world being inter-connected and multi-polar, requiring the mutli-stakeholder, multi-dimensional approach to resolve global agenda such as education, poverty reduction, health, security etc. from my experience of Global Redesign Summit in Doha, Qatar last weekend.   It is this need for the multi-stakeholder, multi-dimensional approach that makes this type of seminar important.

Ms. Lopez began the session by asking various questions of the participants (there were some 120 people attending). Then Mr.  Ericson outlined the activities of the UN and the career opportunities there. Mr. Tsuchiya who has had experience in working in Switzerland and thus familiar with the Japanese in the international community including UN and WEF, gave his view on the  recent status of the Japanese staff in the international organizations.

Then we began question & answer session.  I started off with the question sent by e-mail from ICS alumni.  Then the questions started from the floor to make the session quite interactive and lively.

As 1.5 hour went by quite quickly, we could not accommodate all the questions, but I hope that the participants began to think more broadly about the career choices–whether that is related to sector, or geographical location.

In fact, on Wednesday(the day before), we had the session entitled “Business and Society” as a part of the Knowledge Week at ICS.  In that session, we introduced the video of the BBC global debate entitled Your Future: What to do with your life? in which various career options such as the one in large corporations, start-ups, government and social entrepreneur were represented.

I myself pursued the career in the private sector and now in academic community, and not in the public sector.  However, I interact with those working for the international organizations and social entrepreneurs very often.  I see a lot of similarities and the great potential to apply business thinking to them and the other way around as well.

I realize that there are so many options –whether sector, organization, geographical location–opening for us today.  If you are willing to broaden your perspective and willing to find out more about them, the world is all yours.  I am convinced no matter where you are, no matter what your background is, no matter how young you are, if you are willing to take up a challenge, the world offers many possibilities for us. It was a refreshing evening.

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    • Hisae Iso (Warwick Business School graduate)
    • June 4th, 2010

    Hi, Professor Ishikura,

    It was a privilege to meet you at the seminar. Thank you for allowing me to have a great chance to directly talk with you. Your straightforward comments and down-to earth advice really attracted me. I am very much looking forward to attending your lively seminar in the near future, after starting my career as a consultant, and do hope to learn more from people with multi-national/-sector backgrounds, as well as contributing something to discussion.

    Many thanks again,

    • yishikura
    • June 21st, 2010

    Hi, Hisae san, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comment and coming to the seminar.
    My apology for late response. I hope your generation will be so active as to create a new future. We are really counting on you and I will do my best to make the environment ready for the younger generation.

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