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Utilizing regional intelligence analysis skills in a civilian (non-government) role


Spencer Petersen Dayton, OH

I'm a 7-year Air Force intel officer with a US Air Forces Europe-Africa assignment and some German language training in my background, as well as a BA and MA in History. While I'm pursuing government IC jobs, I would also like to consider non-government work in which I could utilize my experience and skills. Any recommendations on how I could continue working as a regionally-focused analyst outside of government, ideally dealing with Western and Southeastern Europe?

Thank you in advance for your help!

11 April 2019 3 replies Career Exploration



Anthony Cortazzo King Of Prussia, PA

Spencer - you have a nice niche speaking German. It might serve you well to find German companies with a major US presence such as Siemens. Find some jobs that interest you and utilize LinkedIn to network with folks to gain information on their companies and the hiring process. Let me know of any questions you may have.


15 April 2019 Helpful answer


Jodie Prieto-Rodriguez Pittsburgh, PA


I would recommend applying with UNESCO, Google, WHO, and other organizations as such. I speak German and have worked doing market analysis and found that these private organizations do a great deal of the similar analysis; however, they apply it to their NGO/community objectives.

12 April 2019 Helpful answer


Patricia Diaz-Swedin New York, NY

Hi Spencer,

Would you consider a job in Germany? The German jobs market has been strong compared to other developed nations. Recently Berlin, Munich and Hamburg made Business Insider's list of top 50 most innovative cities. Your degrees in history are applicable in fields like media, academia, and policy making among others. Continue your research in your regions of interest, continue to practice your German, and see what opportunities you can find in the regions' professional associations, journals and websites. Create Google news alerts on related topics of interest to help you stay up-to-date on the jobs markets in your regions and industries of interest. Narrow down your regions of interest to specific countries, and focus your efforts on those specific countries. Research business leaders in your counties of interest and follow them on LinkedIn or whichever professional social media site is most used in the country. Join those social media networks and engage with them online about their work. The best way to start generating job leads, is to engage with the community of professionals you're looking to join. Online you can find the people that do the work you're interested in, and see what qualifications they list in their profiles. This will be a good indicator of the types of credentials and experience you'll need. If it's an option, create your own profile on the network sites and include a good profile photo of yourself. And remember that the analysis, collaboration and integration skills required of an intel officer are highly valued in the private sector. Often the private sector needs your help translating that experience in civilian terminology, which is much easier for you to do for them then it is for them to do on their own. When you're looking to work in the private sector, make sure that your online profiles and resume, use terminology that civilians will understand.

Good luck!

11 April 2019 Helpful answer

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