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.
There is a pervasive myth that it is foreigners like myself who are creating change in poor countries. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth… Studying development and working in Cambodia has taught me that my role is to support those people making the change, like my Cambodian colleagues.
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.