Rhiann (2nd from right in second row) during her ICS placement in Senegal.
Rhiann has just completed her English & Sociology degree at Leeds and is now undertaking a graduate internship with Leonard Cheshire Disability. In this post she discusses the value of taking a placement year and what she’s learnt about managing a health condition and choosing if and when to disclose a health condition or disability to an employer.
My current role
I work at the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability as a Corporate Partnerships Assistant. I am part of their Change100 internship scheme, which partners disabled students/graduates with top employers around the country. My job involves leading a proposal for £150,000 worth of funding to develop gardening programmes for the disabled people we support. I recently finished my English and Sociology degree at Leeds, which I combined with a placement year through the Careers Centre. I would really encourage students to make the most of the careers support available at Leeds. The range of opportunities they offer is fantastic, and this was how I discovered Change 100. Continue reading
Last month Liz Wilson, CEO of Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) visited the University and gave a really insightful presentation on tips and advice for those interested in getting into the International NGO sector. In particular she covered some key points to consider if this is something which interests you, which I’ve summarised in this post.
Understand the issues:
The NGO sector, by its nature, is complex and challenging. International NGOs, or INGOs, in particular are often criticised for doing more harm than good. People and organisations usually have the best intentions, but you need to ensure that you’re informed and understand the implications of what you are doing. Liz highlighted 4 areas, with examples, to examine when you are looking at NGOs and their work to help you assess their value and the implications of what they do. Continue reading
Liam Kennedy graduated from Leeds with a BA in Geography in 2013 and now works for SKIP, an NGO in Peru. Here he discusses the factors that led him there as well as his tips for others.
Doing something worthwhile
Joseph Soloveitchik once philosophised that within every human there are two contrasting beings. He named those beings Adam I and Adam II. Adam I is an ambitious and worldly type, his motives are mainly economic; he wants to climb the ladder, be powerful etc. Whereas Adam II is more humble, he wants to do good and be good; he follows a more moral compass. He stated that these beings are in constant flux, that the winner of this internal battle guides our decisions. I guess this school of thought is what has guided me through my career choices to this point Continue reading
This is the fourth post in our 5-part mini-series summarising the Public Affairs and Community Engagement (PACE) Panel event we held on 11thMarch 2015. Other posts in the series can be viewed by clicking on the ‘PACE Event’ tag at the bottom of this post.
The panel was made up of representatives from LeedsDEC, Maxwell Stamp and a third representing ENDIP and Future Africa.
What is defined as the international development sector will vary depending on who you speak to. Broadly speaking however, it can be defined as those organisations – be they governmental, non-governmental, charities, public or private sector – whose focus is on Continue reading
Are you interested in the International Development sector? In this blog post our Careers Consultant, Jessica Henderson, gives her advice on how to be successful in this field.
What is it?
International development is a diverse and wide-ranging sector which is concerned with improving human quality of life, particularly in developing countries. It aims to find long term, sustainable solutions to issues, covering potentially anything relating to the human condition. These could be environmental, infrastructure, equality, human rights, economic, political or migration related issues to name but a few. Continue reading