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Seth Colby

“Keep an eye out for weird opportunities that you can just take and go. And you’ll never know. As long as you find them kind of interesting, I think that’s a more interesting career path than doing exactly what everybody tells you to do.”

School of Advanced International Studies

International Relations, PhD 2013

Tax Research & Planning Officer at State of Hawaii, Department of Taxation

Seth‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss the role of mentorship in Seth’s decision to pursue a PhD in International Relations, the various personal and professional factors that led him to take a role as a Tax Research & Planning Officer for the State of Hawaii after having worked in Washing DC at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, and his advice for looking out for unexpected opportunities and carving your own unique career path.

Learn More About Seth‘s Story

This photo is of me dancing in Sydney, Australia. I have always had a passion for traveling and working around the world. Going to new places and meeting new people brings great joy and freshness to my life. Thanks to my Johns Hopkins University education, I have visited many countries that I would never have gone to on my own including Suriname, Rwanda, and just about every Latin American country.

This photo is me on my 40th birthday hike in Hawaii. I never could have imagined how a degree in International Relations would lead me to the Aloha State. Now I get to surf, hike, and live aloha on a daily basis while making a difference in the state government and the community in general. Incidentally, my previous professional experience working as a development economist in the Caribbean regions has proved to be very useful as I work in the Hawaiian Islands.