Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 18, 2013

Alum discusses DC networking, career with students

2010 Master of International Public Affairs alum Farha Tahir met with students November 14 to discuss careers, informational interviews and other job search strategies.

"Farha has hosted Skype info sessions for us that students, particularly MIPAs and those looking to relocate to DC, have found very useful," says career development coordinator Kate Battiato. "Farha relocated to DC after graduation, landing a position with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, so she has a lot of good insights to share about how to successfully navigate the DC scene."

"Navigating DC is always daunting. I remember how overwhelmed I felt the first time I moved there and how that experience made moving after graduation that much easier. At this stage, the students have a lot to juggle with their classes, PAships, and extracurriculars; I hope the tips I gave them to make the jobhunt a bit easier lightens the load just a bit," Tahir said.

Currently an independent consultant providing political analysis on various African countries, Tahir spent the past three years working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a program coordinator and research associate. She resigned in August to spend some time with her grandparents and is returning to DC next month for a new position.