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.
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.
For people who aren’t studying and are maybe looking for a career change, don’t be afraid to take a demotion in order to enter a development role. Your previous experience will most likely allow you to progress quickly, even if you think you may be overqualified for the position.
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.
Networking is what you make of it. If you are the sort of person who is happy to meet new people, chat with them and keep in contact with them, then acting in that way would be second nature, and for me that is largely what networking is about.
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.
Do your research on… the specific organisation, on the department you are applying to, and if you are contacting an officer directly, take interest in the work that they are involved in. This will help you to write a strong application.
Talk to as many people in the development sector as possible to find out what they do and how they got there. There are many roles in development and half the trouble is figuring out which one is suitable for you. Name: Megan Jones Main country of residence: Nepal Current Position: Child Protection Consultant Organisation: UNICEF Qualifications: Bachelor of Business…