Joanna Shepherd, policy and advocacy adviser at Plan International. Photo by: Joanna Shepherd

BARCELONA — A career in advocacy is not for those easily disheartened. Making change happen and ensuring that progress isn’t reversed involves constant hard work and there can be a few knock backs along the way.

But it’s also an extremely rewarding career for anyone who cares about an issue and wants to help create change, said Joanna Shepherd, policy and advocacy adviser with Plan International. A genuine passion for the issues is important because the job centers around them.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.