Discover The Right Career Path For You

From post-graduate decisions to career transitions, we’ve been where you are. We created Ilkmade Sessions to offer mentoring and support for politics and International Affairs-focused students and professionals.

First timer? We offer a free 15-minute consultation.
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It’s Time To Activate Your Career

We have a large, diverse community of Politics and Policy experts who have the experience and perspective to help you grow and explore at any stage in your career. It’s time to vision board, map out your career path, and ask the tough questions with someone who’s been there—this work is important; define your path and take charge of your own advancement. Whether you want feedback on your CV, need a pre-interview pep talk, or just want to talk, we’ve got you.

How It Works

Book an initial consultation with founder Rebecca Chen to determine your area of focus and identify which Experts are the right fit for you. Then, you can choose how many Sessions you’d like—as much or as little as you need. Our team is here to help you throughout the whole process.

Step 1

Book A 15-Minute Consultation

Schedule your 15-minute consultation to discuss needs and connect with Experts who’ve been where you are—or where you want to go.

Step 2

Determine What Is Right For You

After the initial consultation, we’ll uncover the right path for you through a series of career development exercises. Whether you need one or four Ilkmade Sessions or want to meet with one or multiple Experts, we’ll make it happen. This is your time to explore.

Step 3

Select Service And Decide On A Time

It’s time to plan your first Ilkmade Session! Our Mentor will reach out to you to schedule. Pick your ideal date and time and soon you’ll be off to new career heights.

Step 4

Connect

Connect via phone or video chat—your choice, we’ll be there. Prepare your materials for review (like a CV) or have your topics and questions ready; but most importantly, bring an open mind. You’ve got this.

Meet Our

Mentor

Whether you need to discuss something small or work on developing long-term goals and how to reach them, Rebecca will work with you to uncover your strengths, build confidence, grow your network and take control of your professional future. You've got someone in your career corner.

Rebecca Chen

Founder at Ilkmade

After getting my PhD in Political Science at U.C. Berkeley, I pursued a traditional academic career in Europe but had always wanted to build a company. I love teaching, public speaking, research and managing complex projects. After turning to a career coach who helped hone these skills, I followed my passion and founded Ilkmade. Our discussions and exercises revealed the importance of being more intentional and thoughtful in my career goals.

Common Areas of Requested Support:

  • Job search strategy
  • CV and cover letter
  • Interviewing prep
  • Graduate school applications
  • Determining the right degree: MA, PhD, Law, MBA
  • Grant and funding applications
  • Job market prep (academia, think tanks and private sector)
  • Non-academic careers after a PhD
  • Networking
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Mentor

  • International job markets
  • Multi-platform publishing
  • Career mapping
  • Entrepreneurship

Meet Our

Experts

Informational interviews and networking are critical to increasing your chances of landing the job you want. Our Experts have a variety of different skill sets, backgrounds, and connections so that each Session will tailor to you and your interests.

The Professor
  • Academic Job Market
  • Publication strategies
  • Project funding
  • Presenting research

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Experts. Bring your questions about finishing your PhD, getting a position at a teaching or research university, whether you should get a postdoc, or which conferences to attend.

The Innovator
  • Pitching to editors
  • Project Management
  • Freelance consulting
  • Opinion writing

From journalism to public policy, come to these Experts for a creative, out-of-the-box perspective. Explore political writing, policy analysis, consulting, entrepreneurship and more with those who have paved an unconventional path.

The Organizer
  • Policy-making
  • Lobbying
  • Fundraising
  • Non- and for-profit roles

Meet Public Policy and Public Affairs analysts to learn how to navigate the world of NGOs, IGOs, and interest groups. Discover which positions suit you best, like statistical analysis to social media monitoring, and how to get there.

The Consultant
  • Data synthesis
  • Research methods
  • Non-academic careers
  • Networking

For those pursuing a non-academic career after a doctorate. Meet policy consultants at top think tanks and political science researchers. Discuss topics like what you should consider on this new path, which are the PhD friendly think tanks, and what your transferable skills are.

The Insider
  • Government work
  • Policy report writing
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Affairs

Compare the traditional and non-traditional steps into high-level government and international government roles. Meet political affairs specialists, foreign service and security workers to discuss what it’s like working in government versus at corporate risk firms and think tanks.

The Marketer
  • Public relations
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Business development

Interested in marketing or PR? Whether you’re a politics postgrad or seeking a career change, discuss the ins and outs of the private sector with political consultants, public relations experts, and political science researchers.

The Balancer
  • Policy relevance
  • Publishing agendas
  • Collaborative research
  • Consulting

Trying to balance a career in academia and policy? Learn from professors and policy experts on how to work within two worlds. Think: policy-relevant writing for both academic journals and mainstream publications.

The Connector
  • Government relations
  • Cultural liaison
  • Risk analysis
  • Regulatory agencies

Connect with Experts who bridge the gap. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds—legal, PhD, and business—gain the perspectives of the culturally aware, business-government specialists to learn how corporations and governments use political research.

The Professor
  • Academic Job Market
  • Publication strategies
  • Project funding
  • Presenting research

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Experts. Bring your questions about finishing your PhD, getting a position at a teaching or research university, whether you should get a postdoc, or which conferences to attend.

The Innovator
  • Pitching to editors
  • Project Management
  • Freelance consulting
  • Opinion writing

From journalism to public policy, come to these Experts for a creative, out-of-the-box perspective. Explore political writing, policy analysis, consulting, entrepreneurship and more with those who have paved an unconventional path.

The Organizer
  • Policy-making
  • Lobbying
  • Fundraising
  • Non- and for-profit roles

Meet Public Policy and Public Affairs analysts to learn how to navigate the world of NGOs, IGOs, and interest groups. Discover which positions suit you best, like statistical analysis to social media monitoring, and how to get there.

The Consultant
  • Data synthesis
  • Research methods
  • Non-academic careers
  • Networking

For those pursuing a non-academic career after a doctorate. Meet policy consultants at top think tanks and political science researchers. Discuss topics like what you should consider on this new path, which are the PhD friendly think tanks, and what your transferable skills are.

The Insider
  • Government work
  • Policy report writing
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Affairs

Compare the traditional and non-traditional steps into high-level government and international government roles. Meet political affairs specialists, foreign service and security workers to discuss what it’s like working in government versus at corporate risk firms and think tanks.

The Marketer
  • Public relations
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Business development

Interested in marketing or PR? Whether you’re a politics postgrad or seeking a career change, discuss the ins and outs of the private sector with political consultants, public relations experts, and political science researchers.

The Balancer
  • Policy relevance
  • Publishing agendas
  • Collaborative research
  • Consulting

Trying to balance a career in academia and policy? Learn from professors and policy experts on how to work within two worlds. Think: policy-relevant writing for both academic journals and mainstream publications.

The Connector
  • Government relations
  • Cultural liaison
  • Risk analysis
  • Regulatory agencies

Connect with Experts who bridge the gap. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds—legal, PhD, and business—gain the perspectives of the culturally aware, business-government specialists to learn how corporations and governments use political research.

Let’s Dive Into The Details

There are a wide variety of career paths, so we’ve got a variety of options. Create what you need; whether it’s one Ilkmade Session with Mentor Rebecca Chen or multiple meetings with our Experts, we’ll pair you with those who have direct experience within your field or areas of interest.

Free Consulation

Our intro to Ilkmade Sessions. A 15-minute consultation with founder Rebecca Chen to say hello, identify how our team can support you, and determine next steps.

Mentor Sessions

Once we’ve determined how to best assist you, you will be connected with Mentor Rebecca Chen for your first 30-minute Ilkmade Session. Starting from $50 per session.

Mentor Prep + Experts

Depending on your needs, you can choose to speak to our Experts. Before we pair you with professionals, we will help you ask the right questions and provide advice on how to best present yourself. Starting from $150.

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