Career Q & A in  International Development Field
Introduction <ul><li>This presentation is aimed for BA students and others those who would like to seek future careers in ...
Table of Contents <ul><li>Job Market in International Development </li></ul><ul><li>What to study?  - broad degree, specif...
<ul><li>Job Market in International Development </li></ul><ul><li>Job market in international development is highly compet...
<ul><li>What to study?  - broad degree, specific study </li></ul><ul><li>International Majors (examples) </li></ul><ul><ul...
<ul><li>What are the basic criteria to be qualified for a job? </li></ul><ul><li>Basic academic requirement (BA? MA? Ph.D?...
<ul><li>What do you need to do while you are at school? </li></ul><ul><li>Internship, volunteer work at international orga...
<ul><li>How to make the best of internship and volunteer work?  </li></ul><ul><li>Internship & Volunteer work is more than...
<ul><li>“ Independent worker and team player” what does it mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Many job qualifications state that one ...
<ul><li>International & Multicultural Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Working in the international and multicultural environ...
<ul><li>How to develop a good CV, Resume?  </li></ul><ul><li>US format  http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=Resume+US...
Web Resource #1 – Job Search <ul><li>Useful Job Links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.devnetjobs.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Web Resource #2 – Career Tips <ul><li>Effective Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.careerlab.com/art_secrets.htm ...
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    1. 1. Career Q & A in International Development Field
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>This presentation is aimed for BA students and others those who would like to seek future careers in the field of international development. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is created based on personal experience in working in an international development agency and the purpose is to share information that I have learned from the process of recruitment and screening. </li></ul><ul><li>Information shared here is thoroughly from my personal perspective and does not represent any organizational position or policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Masami Morigami, MSW </li></ul><ul><li>mmorigami@ iswd.org </li></ul>
    3. 3. Table of Contents <ul><li>Job Market in International Development </li></ul><ul><li>What to study? - broad degree, specific study </li></ul><ul><li>What are the basic criteria to be qualified for a job? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need to do while you are at school? </li></ul><ul><li>How to make the best of internship and volunteer work? Tips for effective networking, learning events, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Independent worker and team player” what do they mean? </li></ul><ul><li>International & Multicultural Environment </li></ul><ul><li>How to develop good CV, resume? US format/European format/UN format, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Web Resource #1 – Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Web Resource #2 – Effective Networking </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Job Market in International Development </li></ul><ul><li>Job market in international development is highly competitive, many of the jobs require specific skills and experiences in an international and development related field. (see next slide on “what to study?”) </li></ul><ul><li>How to look for a job? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web search (see web resources #1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the agency and ask questions (Information Interview) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for listserv (see web resources #1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask those who are in the field how they got their job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through dispatch agency, temp agencies, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>What to study? - broad degree, specific study </li></ul><ul><li>International Majors (examples) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics  International Development  International Relations  Public Health  Medicine  International Education  Business Administration and Management  Accounting  Environment  Human Development  International Law  Infrastructure  IT  Communication, and many more! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s better to have broader degree even if you specify your study (Your CV will be screened by what “degree” you have and not so much on what courses you studied specifically…) </li></ul><ul><li>Seek what major organizations, agencies are needing to research and apply this to your studies to make yourself “marketable.” Identify in your field. </li></ul>hot topics
    6. 6. <ul><li>What are the basic criteria to be qualified for a job? </li></ul><ul><li>Basic academic requirement (BA? MA? Ph.D? or NONE?) in the field you want to work – check what level of degrees are required. (varies depending on the field) </li></ul><ul><li>Experience, experience, experience - nothing can beat experience. Country experience will be a great asset! </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Languages - more languages, more jobs! </li></ul><ul><li>No matter what you study, basic understanding of “economics” is critical for development jobs. If you are not economics major, 1 or 2 courses on micro/macro economics is strongly recommended. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>What do you need to do while you are at school? </li></ul><ul><li>Internship, volunteer work at international organizations, agencies, etc. (everything counts as “experience”!) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop critical skills while you are in school. e.g. Interview skills, Presentation skills, Leadership skills, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Live, work or travel to developing countries (the most strong asset for international jobs) </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>How to make the best of internship and volunteer work? </li></ul><ul><li>Internship & Volunteer work is more than “a task,” it’s a potential future job and connections that will help you to get closer to your dream job! Be serious and learn! </li></ul><ul><li>The most important advantage in having an internship or volunteer position at international organizations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Going to various learning events to acquire more skills, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn relevant subjects, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to internal job listings, hiring managers and personnel, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Effective networking (see web resources # 2) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn what others do on the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce what you do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn quality of work that is required within the organization (documentation, service procedure, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be willing to help others, respond in a timely way to request, (everything you do is perceived as your ability to work as an individual as well as a team.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to do small jobs extremely well – demonstrate professionalism in your business communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always seek opportunities and expand people’s expectations to your job and ability </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>“ Independent worker and team player” what does it mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Many job qualifications state that one needs to be able to perform job duties independently while s/he is also expected to work as a member of the team. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Worker – has ability to seek, assess and follow through on own responsibilities for the task. Do not wait for work to be given, go seek and start on your own with appropriate consultation and supervision. (note: It is very important to let others know where you are on your job progress, particularly with your boss who needs to know you are on the right track!) </li></ul><ul><li>Team Player – willingness to work for the team, ensure open communication within a group, ability to assess group dynamics and establish yourself as a “contributor” and not “disruptor.” Know when you should/shouldn’t involve everyone in your business communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1:1 communication, discussion or should it involve whole team? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When and if you should copy others on your e-mail transaction? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be sensitive but not too involved with politics within the team, institutions and organizations – balance of “fitness” and “neutrality” </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>International & Multicultural Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Working in the international and multicultural environment requires you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sensitive to other people’s communication methods (do not assume, ask and try to establish comfortable zone for everyone) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with respect (when you ask something, ask politely, respect person’s priorities, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>How to develop a good CV, Resume? </li></ul><ul><li>US format http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=Resume+US+format </li></ul><ul><li>European format </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.careers-scotland.org.uk/careersscotland/web/site/YoungPerson/Being_Successful/JobseekingSkills/CV/CVTypes.asp#european </li></ul><ul><li>United Nation’s Personal History Form www. un dp.org.ph/jobs/p11 form .doc </li></ul><ul><li>CV tips http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=How+to+write+best+CV </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek guidance from someone in the field on how you can improve your resume, Information Meeting with HR personnel, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a sample of good resume, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek organization’s preference on cv/resume (what do they want to know most? Education? Work? Skills?) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Web Resource #1 – Job Search <ul><li>Useful Job Links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.devnetjobs.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/doc212?OpenForm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.unv.org/volunteers/unvvacs/index.htm (if you pass the initial screening by online registration for UNV, you will receive job posting for UN agencies as well) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://nrm.massey.ac.nz/changelinks/env_dev_jobs.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bond.org.uk/classifieds/jobs.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.eldis.org/news/jobs.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.devjobsmail.com/main/homepage.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.internationaljobs.org/hotjobs.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.escapeartist.com/jobs4/international.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.civilsoc.org/jobres.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.devjobsmail.com/members/otherjobsites.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.careerccc.com/step3.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.exec-appointments.com/index/overseas-jobs.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.aidworkers.net/personal/jobsites.htm </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Web Resource #2 – Career Tips <ul><li>Effective Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.careerlab.com/art_secrets.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2004/03/21.html#a672 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://humanresources.about.com/library/weekly/uc051202a.htm </li></ul></ul>

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