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

By Kelli Rogers, Jeff Tyson 05 May 2015

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 

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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.

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About the authors

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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Jeff Tyson@jtyson21

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.

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