Working with Wikistrat first as a contributing analyst and then later as a project supervisor has been a tremendously rewarding experience. In joining Wikistrat, you become a member of a large but select pool of elite analysts with access to the Wikistrat platform. From Wikistrat's platform, you have access to a wide range of projects, with topics covering everything from emerging markets to technological trends to counter-terrorism strategy. You then have the ability to pursue whichever projects you are most interested in, creating reports and briefs based on your research, often in collaboration with other experts. In the process, you will often learn much more about the topic at hand, given the sheer volume & quality of work produced by the Wikistrat expert community on the topic. You will also meet other experts - both you academics and professionals looking to cut their teeth in consulting, and senior experts with extensive experience in govt, academia, or the private sector. For this reason, Wikistrat is an unparalleled networking opportunity. Another strength of the Wikistrat system is that working with a "crowd" of experts will push you as an analyst & thinker. We're all fallible - at some point, you will likely draft an entry or report that is fundamentally flawed in some way - you'll also come across other analysts' work that may have significant analytic flaws of its own. The virtue of the Wikistrat system is that the crowd (as well as the leadership team) will vet this work - commenting, editing, etc. to either refine or refocus the project. You'll learn to be open to constructive criticism, to rethink your assumptions, to scrutinize your sources, and to challenge the assumptions of others - these things are a crucial part of working with the Wikistrat system. You may also be called on to participate in even more exclusive projects for clients, which generally involve remuneration. These projects, again, are a great chance to learn, explore new ideas, present your research, and work with other experts to produce useful content. Overall - partnering up with Wikistrat is a great experience. You essentially become part of an exclusive network of experts with access to a wide range of projects. This gives you a great chance to a) learn more about a host of topics, b) develop your own work & research in collaboration with other experts, c) network with other analysts, and d) bolster your skills as a critical thinker.
Some individuals in the past have joined Wikistrat with somewhat unrealistic expectations about the experience. It is important to understand that working with Wikistrat is not full-time employment - all of the experts at Wikistrat have full-time jobs or studies elsewhere - although becoming a member of the Wikistrat network can lead to opportunities to work on client projects which offer monetary prizes.
I applied through other source. The process took a week. I interviewed at Wikistrat.
I sent in an application for a research position and was asked if I would like to be an intern. The interview was half a description of the job duties and half questions about political dynamics in my Area of Operations (South Asia and the Middle East).
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