Want to work in land management? Choose a speciality, experts say

By Kelli Rogers 26 May 2015

Land experts weigh in on how to get started working in the sector.

Narrow down your career path as early as possible — because land management is a vast field that may be more rewarding for specialists than generalists, several experienced land experts told Devex.

Work first, gain experience and make a decision in terms of what you want to achieve before embarking on a career such as land administration, for example, advised Lisa Kay Lewis, a certified geographic information systems professional and senior business analyst for Thomson Reuters.

And don’t be afraid to identify a mentor — someone else who is passionate about a certain field is often what “pulls you in,” according to Anna Knox, a land tenure expert and chief of party for ChemonicsU.S. Agency for International Development-funded Rwanda Land Project.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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