"To work for the United Nations you can literally study ANYTHING". The statement comes from Martin Nesirky, the former spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who currently serves as the director of the United Nations Information Centre in Vienna. During his presentation, Mr Nesirky shared his experience from real-life diplomacy, gave practical hints for potential UN-employees and described the application process which has to be completed to work for the United Nations.
As the host of the event I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Martin before his presentation and after talking to him for a few minutes I was sure that a person like him can give the participating students both inspiration and good advice. Apart from delivering a presentation to more than 150 students and giving detailed answers to numerous questions, Mr Martin Nesirky made the session entertaining with his anecdotes and friendly approach. He demonstrated his helpfulness by spending so much time answering questions after the session was over that he had almost missed his train to Vienna. It was a perfect proof that if you work for the United Nations, you have to be devoted to what you do, no matter what academic background you have.
Mr Zoltán Farkas
- Date: 7th May 2015
- Participants: 200
- Main focus: Carreer opportunities at the UN