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AFRO-NETS> RFI: Jobs in the Development Sector (5)
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> RFI: Jobs in the Development Sector (5)
- From: Richard Powell <R.A.Powell@exeter.ac.uk>
- Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 13:53:37 -0500 (EST)
RFI: Jobs in the Development Sector (5)
I empathise wholeheartedly with previous contributors to this subject.
I also have two Masters degrees; entering the development (specifically
population / reproductive health field in my case) has, however, proved
desperately impossible. You are invariably caught in the Catch-22 posi-
tion: we will not employ you without relevant (often overseas) experi-
ence, knowing that without being offered a position a person can never
acquire that experience.
I am more than prepared to accept relatively junior positions on the
understanding that they will lead to a position I am wholeheartedly
committed to. From a UK point of view, however, it appears hopeless.
Our principal Governmental employer (the DFID, formerly the Overseas
Development Administration) admittedly advertises vacant posts in the
national press - but each of them appear to require a minimum of 10
How do energetic newcomers enter this sector? I am utterly convinced it
has very little to do with individual merit and ability; rather, it's
the old 'who you know' approach to employment. And if you don't know
anyone in a vaguely powerful position ... forget it. If you're going to
network, network with the right people!
Richard A. Powell
Richard A. Powell BA MA MSc (Exon)
School of Postgraduate Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Exeter
Wonford House Hospital
Exeter, UK, EX2 5AF
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