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International Development Sector Insight Events

Interested in a career that makes a global impact? Explore international development careers through our sector insight events.

Introduction to the sector of international development, to gain a good understanding of what to expect from the week and events that are running, read insightful blogs from graduates who work within the field of international development, attend panel events featuring researchers and employers/speakers who work within the field of international development and attend an online practical and interactive workshop.

You will also have the opportunity to find out how the industry has been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to prepare

Speaker profiles will be provided for each event, allowing you to do some initial research before attending. This will help you ask insightful questions at the events themselves.

We would recommend that you read through the range of help sheets and resources recommended on our resource library on effective networking and the relevant sector guides below, to better understand job roles, key employers and emploment opportunities, sources of sector news and information, and how UCL can help you:

We will also run a regular series of lunchtime talks on effective networking at events as part of our Career Essentials programme which provide tips and advice on building your professional networks.

Events 2022/23

The International Development Sector Insight Programme has finished for the 2022/23 academic year. Thank you for attending! Dates and information on International Development, Charities & NGOs Sector Insight Programme events taking place in 2023/24 will be shared at the begining of the next academic year. Register for the latest career support, events and more straight to your UCL inbox. 

Missed this year's Sector Insight Events?

Read our blog which gives you our top 10 tips for getting into a career in international development.

Past events

International Development Insight Event: Networking

Wednesday 16 May, 6pm-7:30pm

Considering a career in International Development? Come along and meet our guest speakers from across international  organisations. They’ll be sharing their thoughts on how to talk to people at networking events, asking the right questions, building connections, how to make a good first impression and share how networking strategies can be key in leading to recruitment success. You will have the opportunity to practice  networking  with the guest speakers and make new connections.

International Development Sector Insight Event: Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop

Wednesday 22 March, 6pm-8pm

Interested in pursuing a career within International Development? Do you have what it takes to work in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)?

Book your place on this practical and interactive workshop run by UCL alumnus Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) specialist Mayleen Cabral (Partnerships Officer at United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) where you'll get first-hand experience of working within the DRR space. You'll be exposed to a real-life disaster scenario and work through a case study strategic planning exercise in teams, not only equipping you with the skills relevant to the field but also giving you an exclusive insight into the typical day of a Disaster Risk Reduction professional.  

International Development: Overview of the Sector and Roles with Leadership Consultancy Oxford HR

Wednesday 8 March, 1pm-2:30pm

Are you interested in careers in International Development but need more information about the sector? In this information session, you will find out about what types of organisations there are, what roles you can apply for, and hear about practical tips for applications, including what skills are sought-after in today’s international development sector. 

The session is delivered by Oxford HR, a purpose-led leadership consultancy, working across the world within the mission-driven sector and International NGOs.

Insight Into Careers in Development

Monday 28 November, 6pm-8pm

Working in the field of International Development can lead to a fascinating career, but how do people do it? It can be extremely competitive due to a lack of graduate roles available. Researching all opportunities such as internships, paid or voluntary experience is essential to give you an opportunity to get your foot in the door.

At this on campus panel event, you will hear from recent UCL graduates and experienced professionals working in the international development sector about their career to date.

Each panellist will present their career journey, how they got into the sector, their day-to-day in their current job, what attracted them to the field? what skills have helped them to develop/progress in the field and will provide you with tips for getting into the sector.

We are delighted to be joined by speakers from, WaterAid, Amnesty International, Genesis Analytics and the University of Cambridge.

Attending this panel on campus event will enable you to understand the following:

The types of roles that are available within International Development Skills beneficial for sourcing a role within International Development  Where to source experience if you are looking to work in the industry Is a postgraduate qualification essential? How to set yourself apart in this competitive industry.


Watch event recordings in our archive. These include complete panel discussions and in-depth interviews with experts.