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Pursuing a career with a purpose

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018
by Humanitarian Institute

Career with a purpose

The tech revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. An altered global economy. Climate change. The world is changing. So is the way that people fight for their rights and how others build a career.

However, good intentions are not enough. Your desire to change the world, make a difference, or help others is not sufficient.

People don’t just become Doctors, lawyers, nurses or communications managers because they want to. You’ve got to work to acquire the skills and expertise to be competitive and effective.

Building a career in the International Development industry is no different.

“But I’m passionate” I hear you say.

Individuals, families and communities in developing countries don’t need your passion. They need your technical and higher level skills. Skills they don't have but want. Communities, and countries want to be empowered to build their own health centres, set and achieve their own goals, and actively drive towards a more equitable and prosperous future.

You've run a software start up?

You've worked in corporate HR?

You've managed a marketing and communications agency?

All nice. But just because you’ve worked in the private sector doesn’t mean you have the necessary skills for a Humanitarian position. To be ready to work for the UN or another Aid agency you must commit to up-skilling yourself to be effective working in fluid and complex social settings.

Because charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Your role as a 21st century Humanitarian is to provide empowerment, means and power so that communities can rise out of poverty.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle

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