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Caroline
Ruto

Kenya
Being a part of NTU was the beginning of my career change and a defining experience in my life.

More about Caroline

Why I chose NTU

"I chose NTU for its environment and the opportunities it offers. NTU provides a good research base and an opportunity to further explore your area of study. Each of the modules offered for my course was unique equipping me with different skills that I currently apply in my workplace such as project development, social research skills and food security analysis. Aside from this, Nottingham was a great diverse city with many students providing a great atmosphere for both study and interactions."

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Caroline's time at NTU

"It was a unique and amazing international experience. Being a part of NTU was the beginning of my career change and a defining experience in my life. Interacting with, and studying around, so many different people from different cultures all over the world helped me to create a network. My experience at NTU was unforgettable and has shaped, not only my career, but me as a person and professional."

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Caroline's current job role

"I am a Communications and Information Management Intern at the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Previous to that, I was a Food Security Analyst at the United Nations World Food Programme in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"My current role is based within the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub team, in the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO. The role mainly entails advocating for and ensuring that pastoralist voices are heard at the global stage and forums to promote sustainable pastoralism. Therefore, this requires knowledge management by curating documents and regional policies on the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub website; producing communications materials, such as feature articles, photo stories, case-studies, and online discussions; supporting the preparation (writing concept notes/proposal) and documentation of events; and reviewing relevant policies related to pastoralist mobility, resource access and conservation.

"An average day is normally spent in the office, where I have meetings, do research on relevant content for the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub website as well as research on relevant topics to support upcoming events advocating for pastoralists."

How my degree helped me get where I am today and advice to future students

"My course was quite interesting – every day there was something new to learn. It prepared me for working in the development sector as I now currently apply the theoretical skills practically at work. I learnt some underlying/technical skills such as: situation and system analysis; proposal planning and monitoring; and evaluation of projects. I adapt these to suit various situations in the field as the development sector is very unpredictable. Good writing skills which I developed from doing the assignments at NTU are also quite important. Writing applies every day in the field through writing of proposals, concept notes and communications materials. At NTU I interacted and studied with students from various parts of the world, this gave me great exposure to a variety of different cultures. This international experience is quite key in the development sector, and it has allowed me to interact better with colleagues and build better networks in my career.

"You should know what you want to do – what sector of the development field do you want to join. This is quite important because the development sector is quite broad, it will help you in narrowing down to organisations that focus on what you want to do.

"Doing internships can help you gain new experiences, make new connections and see what interests you and what doesn’t if you are unsure of the sector of development you want to join.

"NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK - don’t be afraid to go on informational interviews or grab a coffee with someone if you are interning somewhere. People are genuinely happy to talk to you, and it will provide you with more connections and opportunities to learn.

"Living, studying and working abroad allows you to expose yourself to the world and develop cross-cultural skills which are important in the field of development. Lastly, be patient and let your passion drive your decisions and learn a new language this will come in handy."

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