However, the article does note that currently there are more mediators than there are mediation demand right now. In part, this is because the barriers to entry are so low-most mediators are required only to complete a 30-to-40-hour training course. The oversupply means that most mediators do not earn a middle-class income for one to five years. And even to do that, a mediator must embrace marketing.
"Until mediators develop a reputation, they must schmooze with potential referral sources, write articles or give talks on mediation, perhaps blog or create a YouTube video, and certainly find well-connected champions willing to recommend them. Ironically, success may be more likely in a slow economy as people and businesses seek lower-cost alternatives to attorneys to solve their disputes."
However, you can both built your reputation and get paid if you find a job in the field, rather than setting up a practice right away. The list below contains a wide range of resources to help you do just that:
These particular sites have been cited by members of several different ADR chat groups I belong to as worthwhile checking for dispute resolution jobs.
Careerbuilder.com is the largest online job site in the United States,with a 34% market share of help-wanted web sites in the United States.
Idealist.org Non-profit jobs, internships, career fairs and consulting opportunities.
Indeed.com gives job seekers free access to employment opportunities from thousands of Web sites. They include job listings from all of the other major job boards, newspapers, and company career pages.
Federal ADR Network distributes a listing of ADR jobs and other useful information. To subscribe, send an e-mail with your full name, title, organization, address, city, state, zip, telephone, fax, and e-mail to Deborah S. Laufer, Director of the Network. Deborah.Laufer@erols.com.
Rotary Clubs Offer Peace Fellowships. The fellowships are for study at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution to obtain a master's degree in international relations, peace studies, conflict resolution and related areas or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. The Rotary Peace Centers have been established by The Rotary Foundation in partnership with universities throughout the world.For more information and a fellowship application, contact a local Rotary club. Interested individuals can also consult the Rotary Web site for more information and to download an application.
If you know of sites we have missed or would like your site included or if you find a job through one of these sites, drop us a line.