I think it’s important to keep in mind field work is never as glamorous as it looks. I know I’m guilty of misleading people on my social media accounts too, but for every day I was off seeing elephants (a total of 3 days out of my year there), there are dozens of other days where I was simply hot and sweaty,…
Fewer people probably dream about doing accounting or IT for the UN than about being a humanitarian field worker, but either type of career is equally valid and important in development. Name: Julian DocziNationality: Canadian / Hungarian Current Position: Senior Research Officer – Water PolicyOrganisation: Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Qualifications (and University): M.Sc. Climate Change and International…
My suggestion to young graduates looking for jobs in development is to ensure you are able to demonstrate some critical skills such as flexibility, adaptability to ever-changing and complex environments, as well as research and communications experience in multicultural settings.
A lot of organisations that take international volunteers are problematic as development actors… It’s critical to do your due diligence when choosing an organisation, and try to assess whether they’re doing effective work in the community.
Melanie Oliver, Regional Justice Process Assistant, Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons
The best advice I was given when looking to get into human rights was to volunteer as soon as possible in something that interests you. The skills you learn will be transferable to human rights or development.
The more I work towards attaining experience in the development sector, the more important my contacts and networks have become to me. I would say that networks are important, but demonstrating that you merit those contacts is also important.
I believe that every skill acquired, no matter the job… is a valuable skill, because all of them will teach you a little more about yourself; about which are your strengths, which are your best qualities, and most importantly, which are your weak areas that need improvement and dedication.