Month: March 2017

Shortcut to P-3: how to join UNV

Shortcut to P-3: how to join UNV

Kimja Vanderheyden grew up in the Congo, Ecuador, and Belgium, and was selected for a position at UN Women in Morocco. We met in Quito, where she worked for the Belgian Development Agency. Here, she talks to us about finding your niche expertise, the politically-sensitive of her […]

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 […]


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