After volunteering, I continued my involvement with Restless Development – I helped out at a couple of selection days, did some talks for sixth formers and manned the desk at some careers fairs. This helped keep me in touch with the organisation, as well as the issues surrounding volunteering and development. The alumni network is a great way to make sure the volunteering placement is only the start of someone’s involvement with development and social change.
I work for an organisation called One World Media as Programme Manager. My main interests and skills are in media and communication and how it can be applied to development work. My job is very varied, exciting and fulfilling. I am currently coordinating a big educational project around the UK which reaches 23 universities and aims to encourage and inspire students on journalism courses to cover global stories and development. My colleague and I proposed this project from scratch, and secured a substantial grant. This is something I’m very proud of. We also organise larger events, involving a few hundred students, where we run lots of different sessions and information on how to be an international development journalist. The part of my job that I enjoy the most is interacting with a broad range of people. Going to events and talking to students or meeting lecturers that we work with and going to meetings is a lot of fun.
Derek says: “Volunteering with Restless Development had a huge impact on my career and in deciding what I wanted to do. I realised I wanted to work in the sector, and to never stop learning about how the world works.”