International development

Blog posts about careers in development. For more information please visit the development section of our website.

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    Sangeeta Goswami – Advocacy and Communications Officer, Human Security Collective

Sangeeta Goswami – Advocacy and Communications Officer, Human Security Collective

Sangeeta Goswami completed the MSc Social Policy and Planning at LSE in 2013. She now works as a Advocacy and Communications Officer at Human Security Collective.

“Good listening skills are paramount, along with a certain level of humility”

Find out more about Sangeeta Goswami and her experiences on her graduate profile page.

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    Lisa Buckmaster – Community Engagement Area Manager, Adam Smith International

Lisa Buckmaster – Community Engagement Area Manager, Adam Smith International

Lisa Buckmaster completed the MPA in International Development at LSE in 2012. She now works as a Community Engagement Area Manager at Adam Smith International.

” Try something new and go beyond your comfort zone.”

Find out more about Lisa Buckmaster and her experiences on her graduate profile page.

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Nicole Berg – CEO and Founder, Charis Coaching

Nicole Berg completed the MSc Social Policy and Development at LSE in 2013. She now works as the CEO & Founder, as well as Leadership Coach, Columnist and Speaker at Charis Coaching.

“Always be ready to ask for help and offer help!”

Find out more about Nicole Berg and her experiences on her graduate profile page.

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    Alize Aversano – Investment Analyst, Impact Finance Management

Alize Aversano – Investment Analyst, Impact Finance Management

Alize Aversano completed the MSc Development Management at LSE in 2013. She now works as an Investment Analyst at Impact Finance Management.
“Don’t hesitate to contact companies spontaneously and share your passion with them, you might be surprised how people can be open and happy to help you.”
Find out more about Alize Aversano and her experiences on her graduate profile […]

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    Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

International Development is a popular career area amongst LSE graduates. Here LSE alumnus Lee Bailey (MSc Development Studies 2013), who is Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, gives his tips on how to get started based on his experience in the sector:

1. Establish a Twitter footprint
Use this to reflect your international development interests and growing expertise. […]

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J.K. Rowling: ‘Volunteer in the right way’

The founder of Lumos, J.K. Rowling, has given an interview explaining the motivations behind setting up the charity. The aim is to end child institutionalisation by 2050 and prevent the damage that well meaning donors and volunteers can do when working with orphanages across the world.

She says: ‘Be careful how you give. Even if you are giving with the […]

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    Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

While boundaries between sectors are becoming more blurred and moving between sectors increasingly common, making the move from the corporate to not-for-profit sector certainly throws up some of its own challenges. Here we share the wisdom of some panellists from a recent LSE Careers event discussing these career transitions to give you an insight into how to manage the […]

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    Nicolas Nossovitch – Project Consultant at his family’s business

Nicolas Nossovitch – Project Consultant at his family’s business

Nicolas Nossovitch completed the MSc Economics and Management at LSE in 2013. He now works as a Project Consultant for his own family’s business.
“LSE is a place where exceptional debates take place, and I wanted to be part of it.”
Find out more about Nicolas Nossovitch and his experiences on his graduate profile page.

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    Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Guest blog by LSE alum Sejal Patel who studied MSc Environmental Economics and is now working at the Overseas Development Institute:
International development is a wide field, covering a range of topics, and there is no single route to follow into a career in the field. That is what makes this career so exciting and dynamic. You have the flexibility […]

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    Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Before studying MSc Human Rights, Tianhui Gao studied UK and European human rights law at LSE as a general course student. Here she shares her experience of finding her passion post-graduation and how it’s helped to develop her career:
After my study of Human Rights at LSE, I had a difficult time – I had great passion to do something, […]

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10 tips for a career in international development

Interested in working in international development? It’s is a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

Hopefully these tips and ideas will help you as you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about […]

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    5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

Panellists at the recent ‘How I got my first job in International Development’ career panel gave some great suggestions on how to get your International Development career kick started. The panel was part of the LSE Careers International Development Events Programme (IDEP). For a full list of events and details, visit the IDEP website.

For those of you who couldn’t […]

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    10 things you should know about working in international development

10 things you should know about working in international development

1. There are a huge number of different roles 

There are so many different opportunities within international development that you can potentially utilise your current skills to break into the sector before moving around in it. From working in policy and research, to fundraising, communications, or even HR and finance roles, you have a range of possibilities to get started.

Have a […]

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Bastian Richter – Executive Officer, UNICEF

Bastian Richter completed the MSc in Global Politics at LSE in 2010. He now works as an Executive Officer for UNICEF

“As Executive Officer in the UNICEF Somalia Country Office, I manage the Front Office and support the Country Representative in his daily duties… I would caution students against laying all their eggs in one basket since applying for a job in the […]

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How to get into International Development

Interested in working in international development? It’s a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

These tips and ideas will help you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about the kind of […]

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    Joulan Khalek – Junior Professional Associate, World Bank Group

Joulan Khalek – Junior Professional Associate, World Bank Group

Joulan Khalek completed the MSc in International Political Economy at LSE in 2010. He now works as a Junior Professional Associate for the World Bank Group

“Finding a job after graduation is a challenging task. I advise fellow graduates not to sell themselves short and to persevere until they find their ideal job profile in a working environment that is conducive to […]

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UNOPS: Working for an innovative UN organisation

Guest blog from Kirsten Fonager, Human Resources Business Partner and LSE graduate and Human Resources Analyst, Aditi Agrawalat the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) ahead of International Organisations Day (IOD) 2016:

Kirsten Fonager, Human Resources Business Partner
We at UNOPS are attending IOD in order to raise awareness amongst the best and the brightest about the possibilities and […]

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Volunteering in Uganda: another side of the story

In her second blog about Lively Minds Susana Rubinstein shares her voluntary experiences. This blog post was originally published through the LSE IPA blog and we thank them for allowing us to share it.
A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the LSE Careers site about my experience volunteering for Lively Minds in Uganda, particularly about […]

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    Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Blog by David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator, trustee of KickStart Ghana, and a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network:

At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time at LSE, something […]

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Children as products: The reality of orphanage voluntourism

Lamorna Byford is a social researcher based in London. She has undertaken research for think tanks, brands and charities and is now a research fellow for the Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative. She holds an MSc in the Social Anthropology of Cognition from the London School of Economics, during which she focused on how children form attachments to the […]

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