Update and job opportunities with One Acre Fund!
I thought I’d update you and your readers on my situation so that they always remember that their dreams of getting an international development job CAN come true!
After 20 years of being a Canadian banker and 10 years of dreaming of working overseas, I’m finally living my dream and it took a lot of your advice to get me there.
1) Focus on a skill that is needed to grow organizations.
For me it was finance, but experience and education in logistics, procurement, program design and human resources are all in high demand.
2) Get some volunteer experience.
For me it was a month long posting in India with Grameen Bank USA’s “Bankers Without Borders” program, but organizations such as AfID (Accounting for International Development) and Peace Corps prove that you can survive and thrive overseas.
3) Work your network.
Although I hunted through job boards galore, my chance finally came from a referral by a colleague of mine. Make sure people know you are looking and make sure to take the time to listen to everyone that has a story to tell.
My dream job came with an organization called One Acre Fund (www.oneacrefund.org) and now I’d love to pay it forward and help some of your readers get a shot at their dreams. We have almost 50 job openings available right now for postings in East Africa and we need early stage professionals in a whole range of skill sets. Maybe we can be your first step to an amazing new career!
Thanks again for all the time, effort and wisdom you put into this blog, Nick…awesome work!