Case Study: Lydia Parnell

24 Jul 13

Lydia Parnell completed a successful six month technical placement with Restless Development Nepal and six months on we find out where her experience has taken her.

Lydia’s placement in Nepal gave her first-hand experience in the development sector, valuable transferrable skills and an enhanced understanding of youth-led development to take back with her to the UK and find her perfect job.

With a Master’s Degree in International Development, and experience working in the charitable sector with young people in the UK, Lydia was seeking an opportunity that would allow her to apply this knowledge and expereience in an exciting new context.

A long-term technical assistant placement with Restless Development in Nepal focused on fundraising and partnership development offered her just such an opportunity. She reflects that, “Being involved in all aspects of partnership and communication initiatives has increased my skill base no end. On a personal note, I have realised how far I can push myself, how strong I am and what I need from future positions. “


"Working in Restless Development, Nepal has been a fantastic experience for me personally and professionally. I have realised my own strengths and have gained confidence in my own performance. This would not have happened if I didn't have such warm, hardworking and supportive people around me in Nepal and in the UK office. As a result of this placement, I am now in a position to pursue a career in international development that would not have been open to me without it."

- Lydia Parnell
Fundraising & Partnerships
Technical Assistant, Nepal 2012

Lydia Parnell Case Study

Upon returning to the UK, Lydia remained involved with Restless Development, joining our alumni network and gave an interactive presentation of her time in Nepal to the London office.

When Lydia first returned to the UK, she landed several interviews in the charitable and development sector, and 6 months on, Lydia is now working as a Corporate Partnerships Executive at the childrens charity, Coram. Her role there is varied, but involves working on challenge events and cultivating new corporate partnerships. Lydia again praised her experience with Restless, ‘I am certain that without the experience I gained from working at Restless Development Nepal I wouldn't be in the position I am in now. It definitely gave me the skills / knowledge I needed to get this permanent job in fundraising but it also framed my understanding of international development and how my personality / skill-set could be best used for positive change’.

Thinking about the future, and her experiences so far, including Nepal, Lydia would like to focus on CSR projects, looking at, ‘how businesses in developing economies can work in collaboration with INGOs/ NGOs / civil society organisations and the government to improve their impact on the communities in which they work and how they can positively contribute to relieve the social, environmental, political and economic pressures many in the developing world face.’

‘Thank you to Restless Development for helping me get ahead in my chosen career - I couldn't have done it without you!’


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