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International Development

CVs and Applications


Current Awareness

Being aware of news, developments and issues in the sector can help you at interviews. Here are some news sources to try:

Skills in demand

Good will is not enough, so look at getting the skills that organisations need:

  • Technical knowledge is highly prized. Qualifications/experience in health (medicine, nutrition, speech therapy), finance and economics, engineering, environmental management and IT can make a real difference to development work at a local level
  • Learn a language. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Mandarin would be useful for intergovernmental organisations and NGOs. Or a proven facility for picking up languages
  • Specialise. Work out what you want to do and start building your qualifications/experience in this area. It will give your applications more focus