An example of the DIY job phenomenon
One way to get your start in this line of work is not to focus on getting a job at all, but instead on building your own NGO. This story from the Huffington Post is about a young woman who founds an orphanage and a school in Nepal, and is a fascinating example of the DIY phenomenon. It demonstrates that it’s certainly possible to have an impact in ways other than the traditional approach of getting a job with an existing agency.
Of course, there are downsides to this. It’s riskier, both in financial and security terms, and there is a real danger that for every Maggie there are dozens of stories like this that don’t work out so well.