The First Months on the Job: Julia Zimmerman
Recent Webster Vienna Private University graduate, Julia Feil Zimmerman, is now a Program and Organizational Associate at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Below you will learn more about Julia's journey from musician to women and youth empowerment advocate at an international organization after her studies at Webster.
Tell us a bit about yourself and the job?
I recently received my MA in International Relations from Webster Vienna. Before coming to Vienna, I received my BA in Music from the University of California Irvine. Changing career paths was a challenge and I anticipated that it would pose an obstacle when applying for jobs in my new field. In fact, in this case, my multifaceted background may have made me a stronger candidate for the position. Versatility has been key to my new position at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.
The Centre is a new Quasi-International organization located in Vienna. The Co-Chairmen of the non-profit are former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer. Focusing on Global Citizenship as well as the implementation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) of the UN and the 2030 Agenda, the Centre seeks to empower women and youth through a variety of projects. My job title is “Program and Organizational Associate.”
How has your experience been so far?
I began working at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna at the beginning of March 2018. The first months on the job have been busy, exciting, and rewarding. I have had the opportunity to get to know the Austrian interest groups working towards sustainable development and have been given the responsibility to organize events and plan projects. I have already learned so much and have tried my best to soak everything in.
What successes have you experienced thus far?
There have been many instances of feeling success in my new position. I have had the unique opportunity of being part of shaping the future of the Centre and its activities. Having my ideas heard and considered has been very rewarding.
What have you learned so far?
I have learned so much already! I have learned how to draft project proposals, how to address ambassadors properly, and even how to set a table for different diplomatic meetings. It has been an incredible learning process.
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What is your advice to others seeking a position in their field?
Use the resources at your disposal! I found the Career Development Center at Webster Vienna and Alexandra Deubner to be a huge help! She assisted me in updating my CV and even helped me prepare for my interview. Being prepared is key, so I encourage those hoping to land a job or internship to take full advantage of the Career Development Center.
What is your advice to others starting a new position in their field?
Give yourself permission to submerge in the experience. Ask for feedback and ways to improve as well as what you are doing well. Be open to learning and to changing approaches. Have ideas and don’t be afraid to speak-up when asked. Take time to get to know your colleagues. And, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you are uncertain.