Month: March 2017

How to become a UNV

How to become a UNV

I thought I’d work in the non-profit sector in Belgium. That’s what I had foreseen. Not working in the Amazon with indigenous communities, nor visiting tiny villages in rural Congo.. This sector is so unpredictable. Maybe they will close a programme, or the NGO will leave the country. You never really know for sure.

My work experience before my Master’s degree does not count. Or does it?

My work experience before my Master’s degree does not count. Or does it?

“I am 34 years old, I finished my Master’s 6 months ago and I have only 6 months of experience after my Master’s. Yet, I have more than 4 years’ experience before that (NGOs, international companies, universities, freelance consultant). “When development job vacancies pop-up, they […]

I have so many different experiences. Which ones are relevant?

I have so many different experiences. Which ones are relevant?

“In your guide-book, you mention that we must include ONLY the relevant work experience for each application. Yet there are areas that are so inter-related that it is hard to say whether it is relevant or not.

“Example: I have experience as a research assistant at university, internships at NGOs, the European Parliament and at a UNESCO institute. So, when I apply for a job at an NGO, should I scrap my experience in academic research? Or when I apply for an international organisation, should I scrap my experience as a freelance foreign trade consultant?

“In the international arena there are so many inter-related fields (education, development, trade)… I would hate to scrap some of my working experience knowing that it could eventually be considered as useful by the person reading my CV.”

The interview went well. What can I do to ensure they pick me?

The interview went well. What can I do to ensure they pick me?

“Yesterday I had an interview with UNHCR. It went quite well. Most of the questions were fairly standard — albeit that one of the panelists seemed a little disappointed when I said — after he’d asked — that I don’t have experience with a few […]

How to handle Impostor Syndrome

How to handle Impostor Syndrome

My phone rings at 11:05 a.m on Monday morning; I’m at the grocery store, stuffing spinach into a canvas tote bag. The number is not a local one; I answer, and don’t recognise the voice at the other end, amidst the shuffle at the check-out […]