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An Insight into International Development Week 2020

By Joe O'Brien, on 23 January 2020


Written by Dimitrios Zachos, Employer Engagement & Events Officer UCL Careers

International Development Week is back and aims to provide students and recent graduates with insights on different roles, career paths and how to go about pursuing a career in the field.

But what is International Development?

International development is an all-encompassing and ‘blurry’ term. Climate Change, Clean Energy and Water, Gender, Education and Equality, Global Health, Disaster and Recovery, Development Economics are just some of the global issues and phenomena that International Development organisations work to solve and combat. International Development organisations may act locally and internationally (where aforementioned issues manifest). However, in many cases they are known to engage with economically disadvantaged regions around the world empowering people to improve their well-being and address causes that affect it.

What to expect from International Development Week 2020?

Get ready to take full benefit of what we’ve got planned for you by attending our How to ‘connect’ with development professionals and get the most out of the week. An experienced Careers Consultant will be there to guide you step-by-step and answer any questions you might have about networking, making a strong first impression and help you understand why opportunities to connect with International Development staff are so important.

You will get the chance to apply what you’ve learned in our employer panel and networking events Climate Change – A Sustainable Career Choice? and Fighting for Human Rights & Equality. Representatives from leading NGOs, charities, think tanks,  organisations and the government, such as Chatham House, Depaul International, Ecorys UK, Refugee Support Network, Stop the Traffik, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) , Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), WaterAid, The Climate Group, Climate Bonds Initiative will be on campus to provide you with insights on the variety of roles available and how to get into International Development.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get hands-on experience! Register for our Insight into Humanitarian work experiential case study, led by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (part of Save the Children). You’ll learn more about the typical issues and challenges facing those who work within the field through ‘hands-on’ content, discussion, case studies and personal testimony.

Eager for more? The UCL Engineers Without Borders Society will be running Designathon: Design with Impact, a day where you will get the chance to form a team and work on providing solutions for real life challenges provided by an NGO.

So what are you waiting for? Join us for a week full of events and workshops! Learn about the valuable and rewarding work that International Development experts do! Connect with prospective employers and find out about how to go about a career in the fields they represent!

See you all there!

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