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Challenges to finding your first job in the field

There are a number of common things that people do to try to get a job in international relief and development that, in my opinion, simply do not work. I am not suggesting that you should never do any of these things, simply that doing them will not necessarily help you get your first job, and may even make it more difficult.

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Many entry-level positions in humanitarian agencies are what is called ‘unaccompanied’. That means that the agency will not pay for spouses, partners or children to accompany you to the post – what’s more, they may not even allow it. This might be a simple cost issue – the agency does not want to pay for two or more people, or it might be a security or safety issue – they don’t want to take on the liability of emergency evacuations or healthcare. Having a dependent partner who you need to take with you will limit the number of posts that you can look at, and will rule out many of the entry-level ones you might be most suitable for or most likely to be considered for.

The more flexible you are in terms of being able to drop your life at a moment’s notice and go somewhere remote and potentially hostile, the more likely you are to find your first job. Husbands, wives, beloved boyfriends, dogs and children all make that more difficult.

Having said that, none of these are necessarily a deal-breaker, some friends of mine who have been willing to be flexible, and spend a year or so apart from their spouse, meeting up every three to four months, have broken into this line of work and maintained a healthy personal life. Others have a partner who is prepared to take a risk and go with them independently (perhaps figuring out somewhere close by to volunteer or look for work). Make sure that your partner is supportive of the project you are undertaking and / or consider whether you are prepared to sacrifice the relationship.

A word to the wise – if you have these kinds of (delightful!) complications in your life, make sure they don’t make it more difficult for someone who is thinking about hiring you, at least until you are established enough in your career that shipping your husband with you in order to recruit you seems like a good deal to a recruiter. Agencies like people in stable relationships (they often stay longer in postings) but don’t necessarily want to pay for them when you are untried and untested, and don’t want to have to deal with more complications.

My wife and I (before we were married) met in the UK. We both decided that we wanted to work overseas, and applied separately to work in the Balkans. She ended up on the Croatian Coast, while I worked in Serbia. We used to commute by bus on weekends (a 12 hour journey one way!) to see each other. We both briefly found work in Pristina, Kosovo (not mentioning our relationship on our applications) but when NATO bombed Kosovo, she was evacuated to Macedonia while I went to Albania. I persuaded her to move to Albania, and then we both got moved back into Kosovo, to different cities, without a lot of opportunity to see each other.

In those days we had a strict ‘turn system’, and when it became my turn to choose a location, I picked West Timor in Indonesia over Uganda because it looked like the possibilities of her finding a job there as well were better. Sure enough, we both managed to find unaccompanied posts in the same city, with different agencies. When we got evacuated from that post because of deteriorating security, we stayed with friends in Jakarta for a couple of months looking for work. She found a job with an agency working out in Eastern Indonesia, and left, and a couple of months later I got a job with the same agency in the same place as her for the first time!

Our case is a little different because we were both working independently, but my point is that you have to be flexible. You also have to be committed, this kind of lifestyle took a huge toll on our relationship at times, and needs a lot of work to get right.


The UN, and some contractors pay very well. Most NGOs / PVOs and non-profits do not. That is not to say that you will be on the breadline, especially when you look at the overall benefits package – many give great health insurance, free housing, shipping, and education for dependent children, and you can sometimes avoid paying income taxes (consult a tax advisor on this one). Plus your expenses may be very low if you are in the middle of nowhere (be careful with this though, since major cities like Jakarta can be as expensive as the West). The fact is though, many people who are coming out of US graduate schools tell me that they simply cannot pay their student loan fees on NGO salaries. Given that I don’t think the value of grad school pays off until later in your career, my advice is not to incur large debts early on.

Volunteering or working at headquarters

Helping out or working in the headquarters office of a relief agency can be very rewarding and a great experience. It is pretty unlikely to help you find a job in the field though. There are exceptions to this rule, so I don’t completely want to discourage you from this avenue, but there are a small, small number of people who manage to make the transition from headquarters staff to field staff without prior field experience. Later in your career, a stint in headquarters can be very valuable, but early on, I think your time is better spent somewhere else.

Be careful of getting into fundraising or other departments which won’t actually connect you to field work. It is very tough to transition from a headquarters job as a fundraiser or admin officer to a field position – the different business units (program, accounting, fundraising etc) often have very different organizational cultures and can lack understanding of how each other works. The issue here is that, while you may be getting to know the issues and understand the agency, you are not getting the all important field experience that most hiring mangers look for. Unless you can network with hiring managers as part of your job, you are still likely to be looked on as not knowing enough about what things are like in the field when compared to other candidates in the pool.

Making the transition from fundraising to program
Don’t assume that if you get a job in fundraising or administration you will be able to transfer into a job in the field or the program operations department. A friend of mine who has years of experience successfully writing grants for major US organizations left his job with one organization after they refused to consider transferring him to work overseas. He persuaded another NGO to take him on as part of their grant writing team in headquarters for a trial period with the understanding that he would be looking for jobs with that organization in the field. After six months this didn’t happen – the field hiring managers were not taking his resume seriously (or listening to recommendations from his headquarters based colleagues) and the somewhat unstable places he was offered jobs did not fit his needs (he was recently married).

He left in frustration, and took another headquarters fundraising job with a third US aid agency shelving his plans to go overseas. The moral of this story? It is really, really difficult to transfer from admin or fundraising to the field, especially if you don’t want to go to a war zone and have a dependent spouse.


Personal travel and tourism, no matter how adventurous and independent, is not viewed in the same light as living and working in the field – it will not count towards the all-important ‘field experience’. Even the ‘working vacation’ type experiences are of limited value in this respect, in that they do not demonstrate to a recruiter that you are able to live for months on end in remote and challenging environments without extensive support.

Tourism is great – it broadens your horizons, and is fun – you should do it – but it won’t help you find a job. The only caveat I would offer on this is that, if you find yourself visiting areas with an aid agency presence, by all means try to set up meetings and network with staff, especially Program Managers, Chiefs of Party, Country Directors and Deputies. These personal contacts are gold when it comes to looking for jobs, and the fact that you turned up counts for a lot.

Further reading

  • Lost N Words is a blog about working in headquarters and overseas. It is well worth the time to read her insights. One of the areas she touches on is the difficulty of making the transition from headquarters to the field – her approach was unorthodox, to say the least!
29 Comments leave one →
  1. Sophie permalink
    November 28, 2011 2:07 am

    Hi firstly thanks for the blog, really insightful and useful, i wanted to ask though i’m currently at university doing a history and politics degree but very much want to leave. Is it possible to get your foot in the door with 3 years of experience working with development charities and VSO rather than a degree? or one in history and politics at least? thank you for any advice you can give.

    • November 28, 2011 8:15 am

      Thank you Sophie,
      First off, when you say you want to ‘leave’ university, I hope you mean ‘graduate’? Depending on where you are in your university career it may be possible to switch courses if you really hate politics, but I would urge you to graduate. Especially in this economic climate having a degree is very important. Sure – anything is possible, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot by not getting that finished now. While I know people who are smart, talented and dedicated and don’t have degrees, it’s harder for them because they are constantly having to work to show people that it doesn’t matter.
      Grit your teeth, knuckle under, and get your degree!
      Of course, I may have missed some sub-text here, and there may be something that is wrong with the university or course where you are that is not right for you. Find someone in your institution (a faculty advisor, tutor or some such) to talk to about this, there may well be things that can be done to help.
      As to whether you can get a job with three years of work with development charities and VSO, it depends very much on the job, and the experience. Sorry to punt on that, but it’s going to matter what job you are applying for, and whether the experience you have looks like it will prepare you to do that job.
      If you want to chat about specifics, drop me an email,
      Best wishes,

  2. Inda permalink
    March 12, 2012 3:46 pm

    Hello Nick, Thanks for the Blog, it is really helpful!
    This is my case, I am 30 years old from Europe, living in the US, I have 2 masters in project and nonprofit management and an Internartional law specialitation (among other certifications that I took in the last 6 years) speak 4 laguages and worked in International development an local NGOs for the last 10 years. I would like to work again on the field, the callenge is that I have a daughter, my partner works in the same arena and has no problem moving overseas… however, I don’t know how open are the organization related to dependents? Are there other alternatives? (moving on my own and being acompagnied after…)

    Thanks for your expertise, I will recomend the website among my colleagues!

    • March 12, 2012 4:01 pm

      Hi there – thanks for the feedback – I appreciate it.

      Not knowing the specifics of your situation it’s hard to give a firm opinion, but in general, a lot of the larger INGOs based in the UK and the US have overseas positions for expatriates that are accompanied, and many have education benefits for dependent children. Just taking the two most recent postings from a major US INGO as an example, “Lubumbashi is usually quiet and relatively safe. Petty crimes rate has been increasing since the closure of several mining societies in late November 2008 in Katanga but expatriates can normally move around without harassment or danger. English and French speaking international schools are available. Individual housing is provided to staff with dependents in duty station. This is an accompanied position.”, and “Security in Islamabad and Pakistan remains unpredictable and the Grants Coordinator is expected to comply with all IRC security policies and procedures applicable to international staff. As of posting, field access and travel is feasible but candidates should expect periodic limitations on movement and program interruptions to implementation. This is an unaccompanied post; shared housing of good standard is provided.

      Clearly these two jobs in two different countries have different situations and their suitability for people like yourself will vary, but there is a lot of work out there in places that are suitable for families with agencies that are sympathetic to them. In general, the locations that are family friendly are the ones you would expect – the ones at the more stable end of the political spectrum.

      There’s a lot to be said for development staff who have families and tend to commit to staying in jobs longer as a result, not wanting to disrupt children’s schooling and partners’ jobs more than necessary. I would not be put off by your situation – you just have to find the right location and posting for your needs and skill set.

      Good luck!

      PS – please consider buying, reviewing, or rating, my ebook on Amazon – it helps me pay hosting costs!

  3. Confused permalink
    May 12, 2012 2:49 pm

    Hi Nick. Thank you for your useful blog.

    In light of your comments on debt, I have a bit of a dilemma. I am currently trying to pay back debts from a postgraduate degree related to international development. I’m in a position to be choosing between work in a developing country in the area I wish to focus on and teaching abroad in a developed country. Option 1 is for the experience that I hope will lead to career progression. I would be struggling to make ends meet though. Option 2 would allow me to pay back debt and is also loosely related to my interests.

    Will option 2 harm my future chances in the international development sector? Would I be better off remaining in debt in order to bolster my CV? Or – given your advice above of not getting in debt early on – should I delay working in a developing country? Would overseas experience in a developed country still look good on my CV in terms of cutting it abroad?

    Hope you can help,


    • May 12, 2012 2:57 pm

      Hi there Confused – first off, thanks for your feedback. Please, if you found this helpful, consider buying the e-book – if you feel like $6 is a deal-breaker then please go ahead and review it on Amazon – that’s free and is really helpful to me!

      OK – to your question – I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer to this – it’s going to depend on exactly what your situation is, how much you owe, and to whom. One thing to consider is that the Peace Corps will often enable you to defer loans, so that can be a good option. Teaching won’t hurt, it just won’t really help either. Overseas experience in a developed country doesn’t count I’m afraid.

      So – I don’t know – if you can make it work, and you’re committed to working in this line, then I think you’re best off to try to get as much developing world experience as possible. If you can’t, and need a real job, then you’ll just have to do that, and take opportunities to do internships etc in vacations – don’t forget to network while you’re doing whatever you’re doing – you can still build useful contacts even if you’re not overseas.

      Good luck,

      • Confused permalink
        May 12, 2012 3:14 pm

        Thank you for your quick reply and the useful advice – food for thought indeed. I’ll be sure to leave a review on Amazon.

  4. Michael David Lay permalink
    June 20, 2012 4:03 pm

    Since so much of this thread centers on debt I do have a debt concern. I have a degree in Anthropology and it had always been my intention to work in International Aid of some some sort. As things turned out, I briefly dropped out of university as my mother injured herself and had no one to help take care of her. After a year she was sufficiently healed to care for herself, and I returned and finished university, unfortunately due to student loan default was in considerable debt and my inability to repay it at the time made things worse. I got my degree, worked as a photographer for a number of years and ultimately landed in the information technology industry. I spent 18 years in the industry, made excellent money, repaired my debt crisis and even managed to work in social services spending a large part of my career working State Level social service agencies managing computer systems for Food stamps, welfare, medicaid, etc. Eventually I landed another job working for a global hotel firm and spent considerable time working overseas including 9 months in India, considerable time in Hong Kong, some time in China and Thailand. For personal recreation and education I spend a great deal of time in Central America writing, photographing and learning, that may be because I speak Spanish, but I am also fascinated by Meso-American cultures.

    Several years ago my mother injured herself again and I had to leave my job and good salary, moved to Texas which due to the poor economy and even more injuries and surgeries for my mother I once again find myself in debt, unable to currently keep a job for longer than a few months due to her injuries, medical debt and the need for fairly constant care I seem to constantly have to leave to care for her for a new injury.

    I know I am not in a position to take a field position currently, but the situation with my mother won’t last forever. My question is two fold, first when I do find myself able to take field job I realize I will probably be starting at the bottom fairly late in life. I am in my forties now, will this hurt me? I have a great deal of project leadership experience, team leadership, experience working with foreign governments and of course considerable high end IT skills. Secondly, will my considerable debt hurt or prevent me from trying to enter this field? Actually I have a third question, given my IT skills and my current situation do you see a market in helping maintain websites that cater to people such as yourself? I could manage all the technical details of producing the website and would just require periodic emails to keep the content up to date. I am extremely creative visually and write well and believe provided with content I could create and maintain websites for people that were entertaining, interesting, engaging and above all factual using the website owners own words.

    Thank you for enduring such a lengthy note, and I do believe I can muster the $6 dollars for your eBook, and will certainly write a review.

    • June 20, 2012 8:29 pm

      Thanks for beating me to the punchline and mentioning my ebook – I appreciate the support!
      First of all, so sorry to hear about your family health and financial concerns.
      Secondly – your questions seem to be:
      a) will being 50 be an issue?
      b) will having debt be an issue?
      c) do I see a market for maintaining websites for amateur bloggers?

      Let me first dispense with those, then I have another idea that you may want to think about.
      a) yes and no – I mean, career transitions are always a little rocky, but they’re also totally normal these days. Having some experience under your belt, knowing to how manage people, technology, projects, budgets etc, having some emotional maturity, all of these are good things that you can leverage. It’s not a deal breaker. One of the best food logisticians I knew was 80 when I worked with him in the Balkans. He had seen everything, was methodical, unflappable, and just kept systematically working at a problem until it was solved.
      b) well, yes and no. A lot of younger people carry a lot of education debt, and somehow manage, so it’s not impossible, but having a high debt load will make it difficult to take poorly paying or non-paying jobs. I don’t know what else to tell you about that.
      c) it’s not my field, but I don’t see it. WordPress and many others provide free hosting and good enough templates. I certainly don’t make any money from this site, and can’t envisage paying anyone to work on it.

      My question to you though, is why not look at domestic IT / project management work? All the major INGOs and most of the small ones have all the IT infrastructure of a normal company. They have help desk people, IT managers, CIOs, analysts, people who work on project management for implementation of new payroll, HR, finance etc systems, digital librarians, digital resource managers, web designers, programmers, web marketers, you name it. Some of those people travel to support field offices, and some of them transition to full time field work. I would really encourage you to look out for that kind of career move, perhaps beginning by volunteering, perhaps remotely, to work on IT projects, or whatever else you’re skilled in, building your networks, and exploring options.

      Hope that helps, good luck,

  5. danny permalink
    July 3, 2012 7:55 am

    hi im struggling really bad getting my foot in the door so to speak, i served 5 years H.M Forces with one tour of iraq, im trained as combat medic and conflict manger and Arabic speaking. i still cant find anyone hiring security details or coordinators or the opportunity to offer my services free. any adivice would be good

    • July 3, 2012 11:43 am

      Hi there – I’m assuming you’re British, and have some thoughts about what you might be able to do – I’m going to add them to the article about military experience though rather than post them here. Hope that helps, and please consider buying the ebook!

  6. Anant permalink
    February 17, 2013 10:04 pm

    Hi Nick,

    This is a great thing you are doing here, frankly there arent many resources out there that highlight upon such aspects like you have done and I’m very grateful. One thing I could not find much on is getting a job in the HQs (either overseas or locally), the stress here has been on how to get some field experience. My question is that what if I want to work in a regional office or HQs that require specific skills that may not be useful on the field? Will I also need prior field work to reach there or are there some specific strategies I can follow? I have experience in financial risk management and a masters in Information and Communication technology. I’m from India and there is a lot of work going on here, so there is no shortage of avenues to contribute. I need your advise man.

    • February 19, 2013 12:20 pm

      OK Anant. First off – thanks for the complement – do me a favor and go rate and review my ebook on Amazon – a woefully small number of people ever do that, and it really helps me!

      OK – so – it sounds from your question that you are in India right now, and I want to declare up front that I don’t know much about the business of getting jobs with relief and development agencies if you’re a national of a country where they operate – the hiring processes are quite different than for expatriates. That said, my impression is that it’s actually a little more straight forward – you don’t typically need a lot of overseas experience on your resume, because, well, you’re not working ‘overseas’.

      I would take a look at postings for jobs from the kinds of organizations that you want to work for and work backwards from there. Without a little more specific information about what you want to do it’s tough, but you have reminded me that I need to schedule some interviews with folks looking for work from the national perspective,

      Let us know how you do!

  7. rea permalink
    May 8, 2013 6:28 am

    Hi Nick,

    I’m really enjoying your blog! I’m also at university studying history and sociology and this summer i’m taking up a three month volunteering placement in ghana. I’ve done a lot of volunteering in the UK but what would you suggest is my next move after this placement in Ghana.
    What do i need to do too stand out in this sector?
    What things would you recommend me doing to break into the field?


    • May 13, 2013 1:39 pm

      Hi Rea –
      Thanks for the feedback – please, please do consider buying the ebook on Amazon, or at least reviewing and rating it!

      OK – you’re spending three months in Ghana – and honestly, that’s your opportunity to stand out. Make sure you meet and network with everyone there who could possibly be related to your job search. Even better, get yourself a one way ticket rather than a return. There is nothing else I can recommend more highly.
      Hope that helps!

  8. IT Auditor permalink
    November 2, 2013 1:59 pm

    I like how you pointed out “the more flexible you are in terms of being able to drop your life at a moment’s notice and go somewhere remote and potentially hostile, the more likely you are to find your first job” I totally agree. When I moved to a new place with my husband, I was jobless for almost 2 months. And, it was almost frustrating. I volunteered for a Home Health care agency as bookkeeper and mange the company’s financial books. I continued applying for jobs. And found a permanent job for the State.

  9. Carmen permalink
    November 19, 2013 8:43 am

    Hey Nick

    Thanks for this website. Its really helpful.
    I have a question about my masters. I am currently studying International Development Studies and I really want to get into Humanitarian aid and dealing with refugee camps in the field. My study offers us to go into the field and research on our thesis. However they restricted us from doing our thesis on humanitarian issues a specially in conflict and post conflict areas because of University regulations (which I can understand to some extent). So now I am going to do my field study in South Africa about Urban Planning ( its interesting but not what I want to do in the future).

    Now the question is, is what I am going to do my research on affect my career plans as a humanitarian worker? Should I just do this and then try and go back into the field independently and try and find a job as a volunteer? I am just a bit disappointed that the University really restricted us on what I wanted to do.

    Any comment would help thanks.

    • November 19, 2013 9:42 am

      Hi Carmen,
      University’s often get a little squeamish about the places you might like to visit, but not all humanitarian programs happen in insecure locations. You might want to look at an evaluation of sustainability issues in prior humanitarian disasters, as an example. You could look at an 8 year retrospective of sustainable relief to development work in the Indian Ocean Tsunami, for instance – focussing on the long term impact of humanitarian relief decisions?
      If that’s not something you want to do I wouldn’t worry too much about it – the work you’re doing sounds interesting, but you really do need to get some relevant field experience in order to get a start in this line of work.
      Good luck, let us know how you do,

  10. Ariell permalink
    December 29, 2013 8:06 pm

    Would having a tattoo be something that could prevent someone from getting hired period or just in certain areas or at all? (It’s not offensive or inappropriate and easily covered).

    • December 31, 2013 11:33 am

      Hi Ariell!
      Don’t worry – tattoos are not (in general) an obstacle to getting hired in this field, especially if it’s discreet and inoffensive.
      The only exception to this is the general caveat about tattoos – the ones that give the impression that the person has poor judgment… In general, I would stay away from face or neck tattoos, or anything that could be inflammatory or political. Plenty of senior people in the aid world have tattoos they picked up while traveling, including ankle, foot, wrist, back, arm etc.

  11. CRS permalink
    May 31, 2014 1:08 pm

    Hi Nick,

    Its great to find out this blog and your feedback is highly encouraging as well. Now straight to my case. I am 32 years old, previously had an Honours degree in Social Sciences and worked 4 years in an NGO in a developing country. Then migrated to developed world as a skilled worker, and found really hard to break-in the non-profit industry as a social/community worker without a local degree due to registration process. Well, I know in what I am good at. Thus, gave up being a social worker in a western country and having a relatively secured life. I made up my mind and currently I’ve started school and decided to pursue a second bachelor degree in International Development as there is no Master Program in IDS in my place. I want to know, having my second bachelor degree complete, if it is possible to find my first job in international humanitarian sector without a master degree in International Development. I just don’t want to double my study debt right away.

    I hope my point is clear enough.

    Any of your kind feedback will be highly appreciated.

    Have a good one.

  12. Lauren permalink
    June 24, 2014 10:43 pm

    I have a couple quick questions. I started volunteering years ago right out of high school after finishing my RN. It has brought me several opportunities and an understanding of what its like to work with NPO’s. I’ve done everything from sheltering, to damage assessment to distribution and procurement. I spent an average of 3-5 months on several disasters in the U.S. I’m not talking about the ones where you get to sleep in a best western and eat chili’s every night. For several assignments there was no electric, we slept on cardboard (or a cot if we were lucky), showered with a hose hanging over a tarp and had just enough MRE’s and water to go around. Following Katrina gunfire, sirens, and break-ins where common in the brick building we sheltered in (I was thankful for that brick building for sure) so I guess you can say I’ve had more uncommon experience. I know working in international aid is ideal. Is it worth mentioning my volunteer experience in he U.S? I am currently applying for internships in the field (as part of my Masters program) but I can only commit to 4-5 month periods of time. I don’t think I’m the typical applicant so I’m not sure what direction to go.

  13. Charles Neill permalink
    April 2, 2015 11:03 am

    Hey Nick,

    I’m a college student, 23 years old, and interested in relief work after I graduate. My major is psychology. I lived in Thailand for a year while in high school, I went to an International school and my parents worked with orphanages and a prostitution aid group. (I don’t speak Thai)

    I’m deciding on a language to minor in while in school. Which language would you think to be of most use in the relief work arena: Spanish, French, Russian, or Chinese? (I would love Hindi but it is not offered at my school.)

    From your writings, I know that experience in the field is paramount. Would teaching English in any of the previously mentioned language-speaking developing countries help in the experience arena?

    Cheers from Texas!

    Charles Neill

    • April 3, 2015 3:27 pm

      Hey Charles – thanks for the question –
      The issue with languages is that they tie you pretty tightly to a geography. Since you ask which one would be most useful, I’m going to say French, just because there is such a demand for Francophone aid workers in West Africa. I would stay clear of Chinese, Spanish and Russian, just because there is no real demand for foreigners in any of those regions from an aid perspective – they all have sophisticated education systems and relatively well developed infrastructure.
      Thats’ not to say that those languages are not useful, but that French is radically more useful from the perspective of getting aid jobs. Of course, all that assumes that you want to work in West Africa. Arabic is never a bad idea…
      Good luck!

  14. December 29, 2015 8:02 am

    Hi Nick,
    I’ve been applying for jobs all morning and just seen your blog when I was at breaking point, so thank you 🙂 It’s great to read your advice as this is an area I’m pretty new to. I studied zoology at uni, but found that I had an interest in development through my housemate who studied politics; however it was too late to change degrees. I decided it was too late to go into development.
    I traveled to India for three months with a charity a few years later and released that this area is 100% where I want to work. I’m trying to get experience now, I volunteered here in the Uk with the fundraising team of an African charity and have just come back from four months in a Team leader role in Bangladesh, But my question is where do I go from here? Every job specification I look at wants 7 years experience, a masters and lots of languages. I also really, really want a hands on kind of job working in the field as opposed to an office job in the sector, maybe as an aid worker, do you have any advice what I could look for next?
    Thank you

  15. January 11, 2016 3:49 pm

    Hi Ally – I’m going to take your question as a post in the next couple of weeks as it’s kind of in-depth.

  16. Alison permalink
    October 14, 2016 11:07 pm

    I am interested in pursuing a career in international development and food security. More specifically the relationship between agriculture, food security and environmental issues related to this relationship. Ideally I would like to work with developing countries on these issues.

    I graduated from university with a B.A. in Environmental Geography and I am investigating my options to continue my studies and/or gain experience.

    My passion to work in developping countries was sparked when I began travelling to countries in South East Asia and East Africa. I spent sometime in Uganda working closely with communities and collecting data for a local community libraries organization in Kampala. I really enjoyed my work with the various communities. 

    Ever since my internship and travels I have been interested in a career that addresses food security while sustaining the environment. However, I am unsure of what direction to go in at this point and am looking for some advice. I have been looking for practicum and internship opportunities. Do you have any recommendations to get my foot in the door?


    • October 14, 2016 11:09 pm

      Hi Alison,
      Thanks for your question – I don’t want to sound flippant, but I do, in fact, have a lot of advice – it’s all in this blog! If you have a more specific question I’m happy to take a swing at it, but if you’re after my general take on how to get your foot in the door, it’s all here!
      Good luck!

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