Latin American Studies Personal Statement

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History and American Studies Personal Statement

"You go into the humanities to pursue your intellectual passion; and...you emerge as a desired commodity for industry." I interpret Damon Horowitz's statement as an indication that a History degree seamlessly fuses a subject I love with valuable future prospects; something I have always hoped for...

Latin American Studies Personal Statement

The decision to apply for this course was easy to make for me indeed. Partly because Spanish-speaking zone is such a culturaly rich and diverse area, and partly because of my aunt being crazy about Latin America, who managed to pass her bug on me...

American Studies Personal Statement

America: The land of the free and the home to the brave. Maybe that is why I look at this country in awe, wondering what it would be like to be a part of such a patriotic nation. I recall having an interest in English Literature throughout my childhood - I had a hunger for books, as it was my escape from the reality of a hectic home with three younger brothers...

Wonder what humanitarian career options are available for you after you´ve finished an undergraduate degree or major in Latin American Studies?

According to one university website, you could become any of the following, although some of these jobs may require extra graduate education in a specific area:

  • Admissions counselor
  • Archivist
  • Business Manager          
  • Attorney (perhaps specializing in immigration, for example)
  • Civil service employee
  • Coordinator of international students
  • Customs/immigration officer
  • Employee relations specialist
  • Government agency administrator
  • Management consultant
  • Translator
  • Verbatim reporter  (United Nations)
  • College/University professor
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Social worker
  • Tour guide

For more potential careers, see http://bit.ly/1qE1ZeB

Working in Academia

When it comes to working in academia, passing on what you have learned during your education can be a fulfilling way to help others and earn a living. Many students with advanced degrees go on to become professors of Latin American Studies.

In 2012, the Latin American Studies Association website showed more than 20 open academic positions – some of them in Latin American countries. These positions could really help you form a network of contacts for humanitarian projects or lead on to jobs in this area, once you´ve found the ideal location for you within Latin America.

Completing advanced degrees in public policy or women´s studies could be a nice way to specialize, and gain specific skills to aid in your future humanitarian work.

Working Internationally

International agencies often look for people like you with a degree in this area because you understand the language and culture of the region deeply.

Work as an international financial adviser or overseas representative could be available to you, or you could volunteer for the Peace Corps to gain initial practical experience and make you more employable.

There are many NGOs that focus on improving the lives of Latin American people or improving the environment through social initiatives.

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is one example, dedicated to serving vulnerable people in Latin America through sustainable community development. The organization reached over 15 million people in the region in 2014. Volunteer with an organization like this, and you could qualify for an entry-level paid position.

The best way to monitor opportunities is to look at each organization´s website´s career area. For example, PADF is currently advertising their need for technical specialists to work in Central America. They seek specialists in climate smart agriculture/climate change adaptation, agronomy, gender and inclusion, citizen security, etc.

Education, experience and other qualifications required include a bachelor´s degree in a relevant field (master´s degree preferred), proven technical expertise in area of specialization, 5 years´ program implementation experience in technical area of specialization, etc.                                                                  

Working in Public Service

Since law enforcement, family support agencies and schools often service people from a Latin American background, they really value employees with expertise in Latin American culture and language.

Courses

There´s no reason why you have to abandon Latin American Studies during your graduate study. There are plenty of dual degree programs out there.

Interested in going into nonprofit management? An MBA/MA in Business Administration and Latin American Studies like the one offered by San Diego State University, USA is a 3-year concurrent program leading to a double master´s degree that prepares you for a career in Latin America or the USA. There are core courses in statistical analysis, business economics, marketing, financial management, business strategy, plus seminars in international business finance, world business environment, international strategic management, and methodology of LA Studies.

If you´re more into the idea of studying for a career in public administration, there´s an M.A./M.P.A. in Latin American Studies & Public Administration at the same university. Elective courses include city planning, criminal justice administration, public personnel and labor relations, and general public administration.

If writing is your passion, the 24-month M.A. in Latin American Studies and Journalism program at the University of Miami, USA, costs USD 33,300 per year. Core courses include newswriting and reporting, interdisciplinary in Latin American and Caribbean, comparative media systems, theories of communication and writing for publication.

The M.A. in Latin American Studies and Public Health program offered by the University of Miami, USA, is a 2-year course that includes courses in medical biostatistics, fundamentals of epidemiology, global health, global outbreak, ecology and control of vector-borne diseases and research design in Latin American Studies.

If you love the idea of a career in border control working for a government service, community or NGO service work, commerce or education, the M.A. in Latin American and Border Studies program offered at the University of Texas El Paso, USA, has courses like issues in border studies and issues in Latin American studies.

So, are your career options broader than you thought? Working voluntarily is some of the areas that interest you can give you a good idea of what the work involves. And a master´s degree can really help, of course. If you already know which program you´d like to study, don´t forget to let us know if you´d like some help with your personal statement of purpose.

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