#ElliottProud: Kira Li

#EP LiKira Li started to pursue her M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School from September 2016 immediately after receiving her B.A. in International Development from McGill University in Canada. During grad school, she interned at different capacities including the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, Motion Picture Association of America and the UN Foundation. Upon graduating in May 2018, she decided to move to China and started a full-time position at the Wanda Group, one of China’s biggest real estate firm to work on overseas communications. She wishes to spend a few years in China to hone her skills and become a well-trained international PR and communications professional.

Describe your current position and what are your primary responsibilities?

I started working at the Wanda Group in China since summer 2018 as the communication manager at the Global Corporate Culture Department. My primary responsibilities include overseeing the communication material to Wanda’s global audience. I left the position at the beginning of the year to take a break and I’m now seeking for employment. Ideally, I would like to work at a PR or strategic communications agency to gain more experience.

What Elliott School courses would you recommend for students interested in your field and why?

Reinventing UN with Ambassador George Moose. As a former US ambassador to the UN, Moose is very knowledgeable about their system, including both the strengths and flaws. This is a great course for those who are keen on international organizations and international development works.

 What was your experience with the job search post-graduation? Can you provide any wisdom for students starting their job search?

Figuring out what interests you and what you are good at is the most important aspect. Keep researching for places that fit in your spectrum and look for networks that can put you in contact with people inside to boost your profile. I am never a fan of spamming your CV everywhere because, at the end of the day, you would want to work on things you love.

 If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Panda. They don’t do a thing besides eating and sleeping, and people love them regardless.

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