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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.

Booking now

There are currently no upcoming events available for booking.

Past events

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.  

The workshop will cover:

Introduction to: Mayleen's career and education background  Overview of DRR field Group case study exercise: 

Introduction to scenario  Scenario Analysis  Project Design Conclusions & Wrap-Up


Please note, this session will not be recorded due to the interactive nature of the workshop. To take part in the workshop, students must be signed onto the session by 6.30 pm at the latest - anybody trying to access the workshop anytime after 6.30 pm will not be admitted in order to minimise disruption to the group exercise. 

What will I get out of this workshop?

Gain first-hand experience within the strategic planning side of the DRR management cycle Learn about and develop the specific skills required to work and succeed within International Development and more specifically, within DRR Discover the day-to-day realities and career options available within the DRR Field Gain commercial awareness of the International Development sector  Recent developments and how this has impacted the sector since the pandemic.

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.