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.
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.
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.”