International Development Themed Week | 4th – 8th February 2019
By Joe S Sprecher, on 1 February 2019
We have an exciting week of events coming up to help you better understand this sector and possible routes in – full of opportunities to hear from professionals working in this field about their roles and organisations.
What is International Development?
The sector is about supporting people from economically disadvantaged places around the globe to address a range of issues that includes poverty, human rights violations, education and healthcare. Many organisations not only respond to emergencies but work with developing countries to implement long-term and sustainable solutions.
Introduction to International Development will give you the information you need to get started thinking about a career in this sector.
This lunchtime session will give an overview of the areas of work, the types of organisations and different ways to get into the sector.
How do I get into the sector?
Like any sector, there are many different routes in but usually you will need an undergraduate degree for entry-level or volunteer positions. However, many organisations also offer graduate schemes and internships.
Pathways into International Development will give you a chance to hear from professionals in the sector about the paths they took, other possible routes and what is offered by the organisation they work for. You might even learn things that you can include in your future cover letters!
What is it like working in the sector?
So, you’ve done your research about the International Development sector, you have identified some organisations and roles that sound interesting on paper – but what is it really like working in this sector on a day to day basis?
Alumni Perspectives in International Development, will give you a chance to hear from professionals – all of whom started their journey at UCL.
Spotlight on Global Health
This year we have a spotlight event on the area of Global Health.
Careers in Global Health is our final event, aiming to showcase both clinical and non-clinical roles. You will get a chance to hear from professional in this area, the sort of projects you could get involved in and how to progress while still at UCL.
What else is happening during the week?
Keep an eye out on the UCL Careers Twitter page for current jobs and opportunities related to this sector.
I’m a bit nervous about talking with guest speakers
Not to worry, many people find this daunting, so why not attend the upcoming Careers Essentials workshop on Career Essentials: Making the most of Panels and Alumni events. We have even written a blog on this exact topic.