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I was a little disconcerted when I read this recent article in the Washington Post about how difficult it is to get a job in international development nowadays. The young lady who's profiled has the same background as I did when I finished grad school ten years ago. The only difference is that we did undergrad at different places. I'd heard anecdotally that the field is much more crowded now but the article cites some real numbers, due to the growth in interest after 9/11. I'm lucky that I entered the field at a time when Peace Corps + grad degree from a fancy university actually meant something.

I slept like a log last night; so did MoBob especially as he'd gashed his eyebrow on a truck door and now looks like he got caught between the Jets and the Sharks. We went to dinner at Taste of Jamaica with Rodney and Paul. It was so great to spend time with them - so sad it was so brief! Quite unlike the leisurely visits during annual leave in San Francisco.
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On November 8th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Great. I hope my experience thusfar will help me out because I am thinking of job hunting soon.
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On November 8th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I hope so too - kinda weird to hear about people getting turned down for jobs in Darfur!
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On November 8th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Kind of. (I skimmed, didn't see that...) On the other hand, it is a tricky situation and requires savvy as well as stick-to-it-iveness, as my mom used to say. Not everyone has it, especially for a place like Sudan.
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On November 8th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It actually happened to someone I met - it's true that emergency projects are a little different - a real Catch-22 when you can't get a position without experience, but you it's hard to get experience in the first place.
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