NGO, NON-PROFIT & GOVERNMENT CAREER FORUM
Having a career in NGO, non-profit, or government require people to have passion on issues relate to their respective fields, such as human rights, human trafficking, refugees, etc.
There will be many difficulties, including working in different countries and around different languages. Family issues can play a vital role in a career of NGO.
Be open minded to different kinds of skills and people, it will be beneficial in the long run. Constant learning is important, just as speaker Anita Botti pointed out: “if you are not learning, get out of whatever you are doing!”
Do not be afraid to take jobs that do not interest you at the beginning, eventually, people will find the value within, leading to careers to places such as U.N, which has a many different branches that serve people all over the world.
The event can be viewed: here.
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 11:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.
Anita Botti, Department of State, Retired
Lzza Leghtas, Refugees International
Deborah Saidy, World Food Program-USA
Kim Kahnhauser Freeman, Women’s Foreign Policy Group
Speakers laid out their trajectories on approaching a career in NGO, non-profit, and government. Starting from speaker Deborah Saidy, who has worked for United Nations for 22 years. She has dedicated major part of her career to Africa by providing humanitarian support to countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan . She met her husband who also works in the field of NGO. During their careers, they encountered many difficulties such as not being able to stay together or have foreign education for their children.
The second speaker is Lzza Leghtas, who was born in a family that speaks three languages–French, Arabic, and English. She first joined the Amnesty International as a researcher coving France and Spain. During the Greek financial and refugee crisis, she started to work as a legal assistant on Refugee issue. Her language skill was able to take her to her dream job, which relates to human rights issues.
And the Final speaker is Anita Botti, who has had a long career, started from working as a task force on human trafficking, then later on congressional issues, she was able to use her new skills to grow and meet higher standard.
Q&A 1: what are the advice for young people who want to have a career in NGO, non-profit, and Government. All speakers suggested that applicants should be positive and confident about their applications. Feel free to talk to employers and interviewers to seek suggestions, seize opportunities to examine whether it is the best choice.
Q&A 2: how their has education contributed to their career paths. Two speakers answered this question, and their answers were both positive. Suggested to the audience that students should not hesitate to take hard courses, especially math related, which can be very beneficial in the long term.
Q&A 3: how do they managed to have families while having a successful career. Speakers concluded that it is very challenging and but it can be done. One advise would be to find a supportive partner.
Q&A 4: relationships between employers and employees, and solutions to their conflicts when interests and ideas contradict. Speakers answered by reiterating the importance of knowing what you are doing and knowing the facts and details, which are helpful for making stronger claims.
Q&A 5: what kind of skills are most helpful in their careers. Speakers listed several, including communication, writing, managerial, and capability of learning whatever that is required for the job.
Report by: HaoTian Qi, Event Reporter. Edited by Chao Wang