Unless you are lucky, getting work in the international development sector will mean more than just answering a job ad. Networking is essential, and fortunately, organizations like Devex offer aspiring development and NGO professionals with avenues for them to do just that.
But some people do not enjoy attending networking events for one reason or another. It could be because they don't think they'd fit in, or that they would appear to be trying to "sell" themselves in the hope of landing a job.
So if you're one of those people, there's a way to get around going to such events but still be able to network: volunteering.
Such occasions, she said, not only allow individuals to establish relationships but also contribute to a project, where they can build their skills and experience.
Volunteering, Busse added, presents a venue to meet people who work in the same industry, particularly the nonprofit sector.
A volunteering opportunity is "one of the best ways to engage with [nonprofit professionals] because you're already stepping into their world … saying, ‘I want to help you do the work that you do,' and ideally, being able to follow it up with ‘think about doing this on a long-term basis,'" Busse said.
There is definitely logic to Busse's arguments. In many cases indeed, volunteer assignments have become long-term, if not permanent, engagements.