Mediation, rather than trials, has become the preferred method of dealing with disputes on every level from individual to international conflict. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 10 percent rise in the need for mediators after the next 10 years.
Depending on the level of mediation you engage in, you need a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a minimum. Some colleges offer a Master of Dispute Resolution. Every court and state has its own requirements for certification and hours of training, so you might have to satisfy more than one standard before working on a case.
Your experience should relate to the field where you are mediating; for example, if you are mediating medical disputes, you should have medical training. Mediation is often handled by lawyers or retired judges, but they may also need specialization. A dispute between states or nations requires a different range of legal knowledge than one between individuals or local companies.
Mediation is not only a first career choice but also an excellent choice for those transitioning out of legal, social work, education, psychology, public policy, C-level, or other jobs that require a high level of tolerance for conflict. Mediators may work independently or as part of Dispute Resolution Center or other organization.
If you are ready to consider mediation as either a first or second career path, your resume must show:
- Superior listening, decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills
- Life experience in a field that requires decision making and interaction with others
- The certifications and training required by the state(s) or court(s) in which you hope to practice
- Sensitivity to diversity, equality, and inclusion
- Discretion and knowledge of confidentiality regulations
- Possibly internship or other real-world experience
Mediators perform an important function in bringing people, organizations, and even governments together to resolve a problem and prevent crises. The reduce the pressure on overloaded courts, although their advice is not legally binding.
If you are interested in a career as mediator, Robin’s Resumes® is skilled in creating resumes both for recent graduates of mediation programs and for those transitioning into the career. We also have experience working with leaders in all of the fields that might support a specialization in mediation, including government, law, social work, healthcare, and education. Contact us today.