Jump Start Your Career in International Development

Find the intersection between what you love doing, what the world needs, what you are good at, and what pays you
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Are you passionate about making the world a better place through your career? You've come to the right place.

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date video course for exploring the international development and humanitarian aid profession you'll find online – or your money back.

Whether you are a fresh graduate or looking for a mid-career change, get ahead today: understand the mentality of hiring managers in this profession, effectively build your network, focus on enhancing the skills in high demand, and get hired!

I have compacted my career experience in this specific field over the last decade so you don’t have to go through the same mistakes and worries that I did. You’re getting the summary of my hundreds of hours of research and informational interviews. No theories. Just hands-on experience. Get information relevant now, not 20 years ago.

This is all hosted under one easy-to-navigate platform and course structure. You are guaranteed responsive support from Udemy and me. 

**All course material is specifically tailored for the international development and humanitarian aid profession. This is not a course on generic job search advice. **

What's involved?

You'll gain immediate access to 11 purposefully designed chapters, with over 40 lessons, each developed with practicality in mind. Using my background of working in East Africa for the last 5 years with some of the largest -- and smallest -- organizations, I’ve translated my insider experience into content which you'll find easy to understand - and more importantly - to implement.

Have you read about organizations such as Amnesty International helping prisoners of conscience? Or heard news reports of the World Food Program delivering food to drought zones? When you hear about these types of work, do you also want to join? To do work with social impact? To deeply immerse in different cultures? To make a difference in the world? What is it really like to work in this sector? Especially for entry-level jobs? How do you find out if this is for you? What kinds of conditions will you have to face, professionally and personally? Find out about all of this, and more, here.

If you're looking for an effective and honest course that equips you to stand out amongst your peers and get a head start in development work, I personally guarantee this is the number one course for you.

Are you ready to transform your career?

Here's what you get with The Jump Start Your International Development Career Course:

1. 40 video lessons and practice assignments to perfect your self-marketing strategy

2. Step-by-step guide on how to build your network and impress contacts

3. Understand the hiring culture of the profession to stand out amongst your peers

4. Concrete methods to enhance your skills relevant to the sector

5. Practical tips on preparing for your departure to your field work assignments. 

You’ll also gain: 

·A friendly, intelligent community to support you every step of the way

·Direct contact with me, the course instructor

·Lifetime access to course materials

·A deep understanding of how the career landscape

What are the requirements?

  • No pre-knowledge required
  • No special software required
  • An interest in pursuing a career in the development and humanitarian relief sector
  • A willingness to share your experiences, knowledge, and wisdom with this learning community

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Dive deep into the working and hiring culture of the sector
  • Develop personalized concrete strategies to enhance the skills-in-demand
  • Effectively build and maintain your network
  • Be well prepared for your work postings in the field
  • Perfect your elevator pitch to genuinely impress your contacts
  • Craft CVs with the mindset of hiring managers in the profession

Who is the target audience?

  • Current students or fresh graduates
  • Professionals looking for a mid-career change

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Overview
Course Structure and Self Introduction

Some important announcements, reminders, and ground rules. 

Section 2: Career Landscape
What does international development mean in practice, rather than theory?
Understanding the Career Landscape
Types of Work
Note on National and Expatriate Staff
Section 3: Organization Types
Non-Governmental Organizations
Private Companies
Contractors and Consultancies
Social Enterprises and Startups
Foundations and Impact Investors
Research Organizations
Academia, Think Tanks, and Conclusion
Section 4: What is a typical day like working in development?
"The Field"
Section 5: What kind of skills would be helpful to get hired?
Sectoral Knowledge
Hard Skills
Project Coordination Skills
Section 6: How to get these skills?
Introduction: Ways to Effectively Increase Your Skill Level
Concrete Ways to Build Your Skill Portfolio - part 1
Concrete Ways to Build Your Skill Portfolio - part 2
Concrete Ways to Build Your Skill Portfolio - part 3
Concrete Ways to Build Your Skill Portfolio - part 4
Section 7: What is the best way to build your network?
Find and Maintain Contacts
Spotlight on Informational Interviews
How (Not) to Approach an Introduction or Contact
Section 8: Why does it seem so hard to find a job in this field?
Realities and Constraints in the Sector
Prior Experience
Should I Get a Master's Degree? Should I Start My Own Organization?
Section 9: The Lifestyle: the Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous
Professional Lifestyle - part 1
Professional Lifestyle - part 2
Personal Lifestyle - part 1
Personal Lifestyle - part 2
Section 10: I got a job! Any tips?
20 Tips for Your New Adventure - part 1
20 Tips for Your New Adventure - part 2
Section 11: Future Topics for this Class
Thank You and What Else Do You Want to See?

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Instructor Biography

Tiffany Tong, International Development Professional

Seven years ago in East Africa, I jumped feet first into the international development profession. The career became my passion and "ikigai". I have been based in both rural and urban field offices, with both private and public organizations. After I graduated from the University of British Columbia, I have worked with the World Bank, private companies, and local NGOs. I also co-founded a social enterprise in Tanzania: a job-matching platform for technicians and artisans. 

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