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LIDC Careers Networking Event: Different Routes into Development Work

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 18:15 to 19:45
Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

The LIDC Careers in International Development Networking Event was an opportunity for students to hear from development professionals about their experiences and to get a better idea of the options and career paths in international development. 

This event had a peer-to-peer feel with all speakers having graduated within the last few years and focused on different routes into development work from moving abroad and graduate training schemes, to setting up a social enterprise.

All of our development professionals graduated within the last 6 years and were on hand to answer questions such as:

  • Where do I go from here?
  • How do I get a job in the field, in research, in anything?
  • What skills do I need? Is a masters enough?
  • How did YOU get into development work?

The event was also a chance to find out more about the LIDC internship opportunity from LIDC Communications Officer Anjuli Borgonha and to speak with the Queen Mary University of London Careers Service team members.

Taking place at Queen Mary University of London and organised by LIDC, there was an hour of flash talks plus time for questions and mingling afterwards.


Each speaker was selected as they took a different route into development work.

Anjuli Borgonha: Communications Officer at London International Development Centre (Moved overseas and volunteered)

Bradley Heslop: Co-founder & Director at WSV (Trade not Aid- set up a social enterprise)

Sarah Marks: Digital Health Strategies Specialist at Malaria Consortium (DFID Graduate scheme)

Oli Bowler: Consultant at The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (Career Change)

Emma Cowan: Girls Education Challenge Fund (Sierra Leone), Programme Manager at Plan UK (Moved overseas)