hayley capp, Uganda, 2011
TIME WITH RESTLESS
I volunteered with Restless Development in 2011 in Uganda. The time spent there helped me develop many skills that I have been able to apply to the world of work. I was able to use the situations I found myself in while in Uganda for interviews and it also developed my confidence. Volunteering has definitely taught me to be as pro-active as possible, which is a skill that I have brought back and applied while searching for work experience.
One of the most enjoyable aspects was getting to know the locals and I have stayed in touch with many since coming back to the UK. I was able to create partnerships with some nationals in Uganda as well, which really helped in the creation of an international project for SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) at university.
MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ALUMNI
I am part of the Alumni Network’s mentoring scheme, which is allowing me to focus my professional development and utilise the skills I gained with Restless Development, in order to put me in the best position moving forward in my career. The mentoring scheme has been invaluable as a career development resource, and has given me a real advantage in my future career search.
I am also a member of the Restless Development Alumni LinkedIn group, which has given me the opportunity to connect and network with other Alumni, both in the UK and worldwide. It is a fantastic resource for finding an entry into the international development sector.
WHAT I AM DOING NOW
I graduated from UCL last year, where I studied Human Science, with a focus on international development and public policy. I went on to do an internship at a company called Corporate Executive Board (CEB) to gain experience in a corporate environment and now have a permanent role there.
My long term focus is to build a career as an international development consultant. I am interested in studying for a Masters, but would like to gain as much experience in the development sector as possible, through internships, volunteering and more corporate experience work.
Hayley says: “Through Restless Development, I have seen how influential development agencies can be, and how impacting their work is.”