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What ICT4D Career Path Should I Take?

I am often asked which career path someone should take to break into ICT4D, which are often variations on the question below, that I was asked just yesterday: I am just getting started in international development. I am a project

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How To Get Out of Development

Apparently, there are people who do not like flying around the world helping people. They want to leave international development and go back to working domestically. Good on them. I can’t comprehend it, but we all have to live our

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What Is The Most Interesting Digital Job in ICT4D

Recently,Eliza Anyangwe tweeted an interesting question: What are the most interesting digital jobs in global development? Now there are many responses to that question, probably around 6 Billion actually. Because each person has their own definition of what an “interesting” job

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How to Get a Digital Job in ICT4D

Recently, the Guardian posted an interesting article on “How to get a digital job in international development,” which quoted my good friend Linda Raftree on a great nugget of job search advice:    Linda Raftree sums up her top tips

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Should I Moonlight Consultant Gigs or Go Full Time on Short Contracts?

Recently, someone asked me how to become an ICT4D consultant. They were considering quitting their day job and going full time as a consultant with a string of small consulting contracts, each about a month long.   Moonlight until the

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Yes, You Should Volunteer to Get a Development Job

I cannot say it enough. You should volunteer or intern asap if you want to break into international development or switch sectors within the industry. It’s the fastest way to get known and show potential peers and employers that you

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Seven Emails You Should Know How to Write

Are you wondering how to write an introductory email to start your informational interview process? Then check out this handy guide to emails that can help inspire you. Including:    How to get busy people to respond to your emails

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Use Your Network to Find an ICT4D Job

  Hey kids, please use your network. Recently I received two informational interview requests from recent college graduates seeking to break into the international development field. I’ve paraphrased their emails below. You tell me which one I responded to: “Dear

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Stop Everything and Read This Right Now

Is your whole job search process centered around sending out cover letters and resumes? If so, you need to stop everything and read this right now: Kill the Cover Letter and Resume In this telling article, Jesse Singal teaches us

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It Takes Time to Find a Dream ICT4D Job

DevEx has an article on 6 things you should do if you are graduating soon and seeking a new job. Overall its okay, with one glaring exception. This is May and if you just start the job search process now,

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