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A discussion with business students from the University of Central Punjab (UCP) in September 2005, to encourage them to consider the development sector as a potential employer.

A discussion with business students from the University of Central Punjab (UCP) in September 2005, to encourage them to consider the development sector as a potential employer.

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  • 1. Thinking outside the square – an interactive presentation on diversity in internship and employment opportunities in Pakistan Christopher John Wardle Country Representative for Pakistan World Population Foundation (WPF) Wednesday 20 September 2005 15:30 – 17:00 University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2. Proposed agenda:
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 3. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 4. Inspiration # 1: Change
    • We are all capable of it, but how often do we embrace it?
    • Please reflect on this small inspiration from the <bigpicturesmallworld.com> website.
    • ..My Videosbigpicturesmallworld_movies05_change.swf
  • 5. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 6. Expectations
    • What do you hope to gain from today’s session?
  • 7. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 8. Diversity – how do we measure up ?
    • Age – how many under 25 or over 50;
    • Nuclear family size – how many of you have more than three siblings?;
    • Aspirations –which industry sectors attract you for internship and employment and what motivates you to strive for them?
  • 9. Does work define us?
    • I am currently the Pakistan Country Representative
    • for the World Population Foundation (WPF) and
    • was previously:
      • Executive Director, Family Planning Northern Territory, Australia;
      • Regional Resource Mobilisation Officer, IPPF ESEAOR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
      • Community Liaison Officer, Top End Division of General Practice, Darwin, Australia; and
      • Independent research consultant and publisher.
    • But we are much more than our work roles!
  • 10. For example ... who am I?
    • Chris Wardle is:
    • The second son
    • of British parents
    • born in the UK
    • an Australian citizen
    • blessed to be the father of Felicity, Isaac, Liam and Amelia
    • currently working in Pakistan for WPF and
    • hopes to learn from your experience in this workshop
  • 11. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 12. Why consider the development sector for internship and employment ?
    • What differentiates this sector?
    • Are our needs different from those of the potential employers you already mentioned?
  • 13. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 14. After those insights ...
    • Too often we allow our work to define us and become
    • culturally, organisationally, or linguistically arrogant.
    • How often have we thought that the way we do things is:
        • the only way;
    • or
        • the best way?
  • 15. Inspiration # 2: The BIG picture
    • Rather than think about the differences which define
    • us as individuals, let’s stop and think for a moment
    • about the factors which unite us.
    • Do we look at things from a local context or
    • the framework of global best practice?
    • Be challenged and try looking at things from
    • a broader perspective, as we draw our second
    • inspiration from < bigpicturesmallworld.com>
    • ..My Videos04_Big_Picture_Coda.swf
  • 16. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 17. Introducing the work of the World Population Foundation (WPF) in Pakistan (in 50 words)
    • Focused on Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH), WPF undertakes advocacy, resource production, research and programmes, within a rights-based framework. The meaningful involvement of youth is critical to our work and we directly empower them through initiatives such as Life Skills Based Education programmes, internships and a Pakistan-wide Youth Advocacy Network.
  • 18. Local staff educational backgrounds: IT Manager Bachelors in IT Multan Programme Coordinator Masters in Business Administration Interim Programme Manager Masters in Clinical Psychology Finance Assistant Masters in Economics Life Skills Programme Officer Masters in Economics Research and Implementation Officer Masters in Economics Multan Programme Assistant Masters in IT Office Manager Masters in Public Administration
  • 19. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 20. An example or our work in resource production …
    • Please sit back and enjoy
    • – ‘ A small mistake ’ (docu-drama19 minutes)
  • 21. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 22. Making internship meaningful - what do you look for in an internship?
    • Does willingly volunteering your services – only to become a chai walli or photocopy assistant – make for a useful internship experience?
    • Aside from course requirements, is internship useful for you? Why?
  • 23. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 24. UCP’s approach to internship
    • An overview from – Zaeem Yaqoob Khan – UCP’s Director Promotion and Placement
  • 25. An alternative approach to internship
    • Do your homework - learn about an organisation, its key personnel and challenges by doing your own research – it will help you to stand out from the crowd.
    • Focus on the internship at hand – not just any internship! Ask yourself what needs to be done with this organisation, are my values a good match for the organisation’s values, is my skill set relevant, can I do the tasks required? If you answer yes, then why not arrange to meet and demonstrate how you could be an asset for them.
  • 26. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 27. WPF’s approach to internship
    • At WPF we do not see internships as a means of exploitation and free labour. Rather, we strive to ensure that these voluntary positions offer candidates:
    • Practical application of their academic skills, linked to an individual candidate’s area of interest and expertise;
    • An opportunity to undertake specific, short-term, challenging tasks with measurable outcomes, supervised by an experienced development professional;
    • Exposure to working for the development sector in Pakistan; and
    • The chance to make a first-hand evaluation of WPF as a potential future employer.
  • 28. WPF’s approach to internship [2]
    • For our part, we see internships as offering WPF:
    • Organisational growth by exposure to young, active minds with up to date skills;
    • Extending the people management and mentoring skills of our existing staff; and
    • The chance to make an in-house assessment of interns as potential future employees of WPF.
  • 29. Interested in internship with WPF? [1]
    • If so, we would hope to see from you two things from you:
    • A covering letter; and
    • Your CV.
  • 30. Interested in internship with WPF? [2]
    • In your covering letter it would be best if you could respond to the following questions:
    • Why do you want to spend your internship with WPF?;
    • What sort of commitment you are able to offer – whether full-time or part-time?;
    • How your internship can help WPF solve the challenges we face in an efficient manner?;
    • When you would be able to start?; and
    • Based on your level of commitment, how long it might take you to complete the tasks associated with the particular challenge of interest to you?
  • 31. Interested in internship with WPF? [3]
    • Your CV should focus on results and outcomes, not be an abridged duty statement.
    • Tell us about the consequences of how you have applied your knowledge and skills to the advantage of your current and previous employers or internship hosts..
  • 32. What has been WPF’s [limited] experience with internship?
    • Pakistan NGO Resource Centre – Young Development Professionals Programme – research on sexuality and disability
    • University of Washington, Seattle – MPA student – policy analysis and advocacy strategy development for our Life Skills based Education (LSBE) programme
    • Response to informal promotion – assistance with data entry and analysis of teacher pre and post training results
  • 33. Current internship challenges [1]
    • Database development
    • Website design and maintenance
    • Data entry and analysis – allied to co-authoring/co-presenting of research results
    • Age-appropriate delivery of menstrual education in schools
    • Analysis of Education Department records (academic results, absenteeism and continued enrolment) as a measure of the success of our LSBE programme
  • 34. Current internship challenges [2]
    • Advocacy – public petition on the inclusion LSBE in the national curriculum
    • Design and analysis of an online study of adolescent sexuality in Pakistan
    • Celebration – logistic support for the launch of two new videos in December 2006
    • Best practice examples of civil society internship in Pakistan
    • Adaptation of flash movie resources for people whose first language is not English
  • 35. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 36. How can WPF offer useful recognition and reward mechanisms for interns from UCP?
    • Apart from providing an internship opportunity and reporting on performance to course supervisors, how else could WPF assist our interns?
  • 37. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 38. A useful resource …
    • For those considering the development sector as a future internship host or employer, check out the Australian Aid Resource & Training Guide (AARTG ), downloadable from:
    • http://www.torqaid.com/images/stories/aartglatestedition.pdf
  • 39. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 40. Inspiration # 3: You decide ...
    • Is the glass half-full – or half empty?
    • Please reflect on this final inspiration from the <bigpicturesmallworld.com> website.
    • ..My Videosbigpicturesmallworld_movies00_HalfFull.swf
  • 41. A closing thought
    • “ Few businesses are so complicated that it is impossible to figure out where you would fit within them. But, few job hunters are diligent enough to do the exercise and preparation that yields the job.”
    • Source: Nick Corcodilos – <www.asktheheadhunter.com>
  • 42. Where are we at in the programme?
    • Capacity for change
    • Expectations
    • Exploring diversity
    • Why development sector for internship and employment?
    • The BIG Picture
    • Introducing WPF
    • A small mistake
    • Making internship meaningful
    • Various approaches to internship
    • Internship with WPF
    • Improving our relevance and effectiveness
    • AARTG
    • Half full?
    • M&E
  • 43. Monitoring and evaluation
    • Time is our enemy, so I invite you to email me <wpf@wpfpak.com> if you’d like to give me feedback on:
      • What went well?
      • What could I do better? and
      • How should I change it for next time?
  • 44. This has been a presentation entitled: Thinking outside the square – an interactive presentation on diversity in internship and employment opportunities is Pakistan .
    • For further information or to offer your support for our work
    • please contact:
    • Christopher John Wardle
    • Country Representative for Pakistan
    • World Population Foundation (WPF)
    • PO Box 736 Islamabad, Pakistan.
    • voice: +92 51 211 0539
    • fax: +92 51 211 0536
    • email: [email_address]