Whether you already have a degree, or even two degrees, being guaranteed a job isn't as easy as it once was. As in most other sectors, employers in the international development sector are looking for experience, perhaps even more so. Students who can show they have the necessary skills, experience and attitude will always have an advantage. Volunteering is one way for students to gain that much needed experience, whether working for an NGO or charity, company or consultancy, overseas or in the UK. There are many to choose from and each one specialises in a particular field or fields, so its worth researching thoroughly what each one has to offer.
Volunteering is an ideal way for students to build on their knowledge and skills in a professional environment. Volunteering overseas is now more popular than ever and there are many organisations catering for self-funded placements virtually anywhere in the world. This is often the first step for those looking to work overseas, in developing and transitional countries. There are also organisations that pay basic living costs to those people who have certified skills and experience to offer to an organisation in another country.
For students or graduates, often the best way to get a foot in the door and build a C.V is to volunteer in the UK. Most volunteer placements require a minimum commitment of 3 months, although this varies greatly depending on the organisation. NGOs tend to be the most popular and will in most cases provide expenses in addition to professional experience. Whilst volunteer placements do not guarantee a job at the end, they do give you a much better chance of proving you have what it takes to be a part of a team.
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