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Transferable skills, great possibilites

They are former teachers, nurses and doctors. They are accountants, lawyers and business people. They are spouses, parents, siblings and children. They are former Peace Corps volunteers and military officers. Some are from the USA; others are from Pakistan, Swaziland and Nepal. They are from different backgrounds, united to provide USAID humanitarian relief to countries all over the continent of Africa and beyond.

The other day we looked at the various skills that they bring to USAID. And what a list it was! They have competencies in strategic planning, leadership, business acumen and team management. Many of them have strengths in communication, decision making and program management. I can't speak for all USAID employees, but the ones I have met also have a strong sense of honesty and integrity. Transferable skills? You better believe it!

Today's message from South Africa: know your skills, your accomplishments and your successes. Learn how they are applicable to international development. Talk to folks whom you know--or someone who knows someone--who has worked in this field. And if you have an interest in making a difference, seek out opportunities with USAID or other organizations that are similar.

From my perspective, you can't go wrong!


Marshall Brown

 |  November 3, 2010; 6:37 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Exploration , Job Search Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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