Snapshot: David J. Smith (Estonia, 2003/04)
Now is the time to plan. The future is uncertain, but you can vision out 6 months and consider what your career or field might look like then
As a conflict resolution and peace educator, my Fulbright in Estonia gave me an opportunity to learn about the ways in which peacebuilding was experienced in other parts of the world especially in Estonia. During the experience, I gave lectures in Sweden. Estonians have a complicated history impacted by periods of oppression and freedom. Right now they are experiencing a renaissance in creativity and freedom. It’s nice to see.
Now is the time to plan. The future is uncertain, but you can vision out 6 months and consider what your career or field might look like then.
It is also an important time to connect with professionals who have similar interests as yours, especially other Fulbright alum. Networking doesn’t need to be career oriented but could focus on shared intellectual interests. Maybe start a group looking at what your field might look like in a post COVID-19 world?
I'm inspired to help young professionals (and more “seasoned” ones) find meaning and purpose in their work and careers. Meaning and purpose give us an opportunity for self-actualization and enables us to continue our focus on making community and global change to advance peace and understanding: the core goals of the Fulbright Program.
David J. Smith participated in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during 2003-2004 as faculty at the University of Tartu (Estonia) where we taught peace studies and conflict resolution. He currently lives near Washington, DC where he has been a university and college professor, attorney, educational consultant, conflict resolution practitioner, and currently a career coach in his firm David J. Smith Consulting, LLC. He served time at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a U.S. government entity focusing on global peacebuilding. David teaches part-time at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and the School of Education at Drexel University. He is president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, an NGO that focuses on training students and professionals in humanitarian practice. David is the author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing 2016). He is on the board of the NCAC Chapter of the Fulbright Association and an official member of Forbes Coaches Council, where he writes extensively. David participated in TEDxFulbright in 2017.
David has just taken part in a video interview for the Net:work?: A Fulbrighter Conversation series. Here's a clip: