What did these 3 development leaders learn from their first jobs?

Fresh graduates can learn from these development leaders, who are now making decisions to help shape the future of global development. Photo by: Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 

#Gradweek: Your global development career questions, answered
From the six things you — as a soon-to-be grad — should do right now to what recruiters look for in a cover letter, visit this #GradWeek page for answers to all of your most pressing career questions.

Nigel Fisher’s impatience, combined with an affinity for team building, found a home in crisis and response. Andrew Kaiser’s sharp business sense and problem-solving nature led to founding his own company to address emerging market challenges. And Laurence Carter’s relationship-building talent landed him a career in partnerships.

The common thread? None of the three knew quite where they’d end up when embarking on a career in international development.

Devex asked the three leaders to take a step back and share what they learned from their first job — and what they know now that they may have benefitted from knowing then.

Here’s an excerpt from our conversations.

This article is for Devex Members

For full access to the content of the article sign in or join Devex.

About the authors

  • Rogers kelli cropped

    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.
  • Jeff tyson 400x400  1

    Jeff Tyson

    Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.