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Coaching Overview

Our career coaching services are designed to accelerate your trajectory towards the best humanitarian opportunities, at any stage of your education and professional journey.

We recognise the power of a personalised, holistic approach to career coaching. In a world inundated with information, we strive to provide unmatched career-building support anywhere, anytime, in any country.

“You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.”Adlin Sinclair


Who it's for

Humanitarian Institute specialises in coaching aspiring humanitarians and current aid professionals, of any age and nationality, to achieve their career aspirations.

If you’re looking to change your career trajectory and embark on a new journey, educational or professional, Humanitarian Institute employs expert mentors who have worked at elite organisations like the UN, Oxfam and DFAT to help guide you each step of the way.

Key Discoveries

  • Explore diverse pathways to engage in humanitarian work - domestically or internationally, short or long-term.
  • Identify your personal skills, strengths and weaknesses for leveraging employment.
  • Covering topics ranging from health and safety to programming issues, our coaching builds upon your training in preparation for on-the-ground aid work.
  • If you’re looking to further your career prospects by applying for humanitarian roles, we help you excel in the application process to give you every chance of being accepted into a high-calibre institution.
  • Getting ready for an interview can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you are shifting industries - we prepare you for the challenge!

What makes this support different

Humanitarian Institute was founded on the belief that all people should have access to a humanitarian career. The education you’ve acquired, and the experiences you have should not be the sole determinants of your humanitarian career trajectory.

Today, Humanitarian Institute is a global leader in transformative education, training and career coaching to aspiring humanitarians and aid professionals. We connect with humanitarian leaders from around the world to provide students and professionals with the resources and support required to secure pathways to success in the humanitarian industry.

Our approach enables students and professionals to discover and explore their interests, knowledge and skills to target their career ambitions. Humanitarian Institute supports students and professionals to see the pathways forward and determine the steps required to get there - guided by our strategy, mentoring and support.

How it works

  • Time commitment of 12 hours (4 hours of direct engagement and up to 8 hours of self-guided actions).
  • Onsite and/or online support (location dependent) - we support humanitarians worldwide!
  • Support facilitated over a maximum 6 week period.

What's involved

  • Humanitarian career strategy: Engaging in 1 x 60 minute consultation the Humanitarian Institute team then designs a personalised career plan that guides your job search.
  • Career mentoring: 2 x 30 minute mentoring sessions that offer you insight and guidance in determining a humanitarian career path.
  • Application optimisation: The Humanitarian Institute team works with you through 3 rounds of constructive feedback to get your resume and associated documents (e.g. LinkedIn) the best they can be to meet the needs of humanitarian organisations.
  • Interview preparation: Through 2 x 30 minute sessions the Humanitarian Institute team will prepare you for your interview with technical advice and interview practice to ensure you go in calm, confident, and professionally equipped.

How you are supported

Support is facilitated using a number of engaging methodologies including:

  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Online consultations
  • Simulations and mentoring
  • Email feedback 
  • Profile exercises
  • Guided actions

Your mentors

Our expert humanitarians have or are currently working in the world’s largest crises and complex developing country contexts, and know exactly what decision-makers at top humanitarian organisations are looking for when assessing employment applications to recruit top talent.

With all our first-hand knowledge and experience we sit down with you and help optimise your employment profile and documentation to be of the highest standard.
What you'll receive

  • Humanitarian career action plan.
  • Career mentoring.
  • Resume and cover letter optimisation, including social.
  • Interview preparation.
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