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Do You Invest in Yourself?


Recently I was talking with a friend who was disappointed that they could not attend a conference that was central to their field. When I asked why they could not attend, their response was simple, "My company will not pay for it."

The attendance fee? $100

Do you see the foolishness in this approach? So what if the company wouldn't pay. We all should not hesitate to invest in our continued professional improvement. What is $100, $300, $500 if it helps you do your work better, which leads to a raise, promotion, or new job?

I personally have a $2,000 a year self-improvement fund.

I spend it on conference fees, travel costs, new technology, experiments - whatever I think will improve my skills and abilities. I spend it without question or guilt. In past years, its lead to everything from JadedAid to a wearables health project that led to my current job.

So back to my original question: Do you invest in yourself?

Do you reserve time, money, mind-space to explore new ideas, seek new experiences, and develop new skills? If not, why not? I'd really love to hear both: what you invest in or why you don't invest. Tell me!

I promise to publish anonymized responses in the next email.

Thanks for reading this far,
Wayan
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This Week's ICT4D Jobs Listings

  1. ActionAid is looking to hire a Head of Data and Analysis to be based in Central London. Don't wait! Applications accepted through September 10th.
  2. Counterpart International is seeking a Project Director to spearhead a new USAID-funded digital development program, to be based out of DC. 
  3. CRS is in need of an Information and Communication Officer to be based in Sudan, and a DFAP Technical Design Lead to be based in Burkina Faso.
  4. World Economic Forum is hiring for a wide variety of positions to be based in San Francisco. 
  5. WITNESS is scoping out candidates for a Development Director to join their global team, based in Brooklyn. 
  6. If you are fluent in Russian, you might be interested in applying for Cowater's Information and Communications Technology Expert position, based in Tajikistan.
  7. MSF is seeking a Health Informatics/Data Specialist, based primarily in New York. Knowledge of French, Spanish, or Arabic is a big plus. Apply by September 8!
  8. URC is in need of a Health Information Technology Expert, to be based in Sri Lanka. 
  9. Fluent in english and french? URC is also in need of a Monitoring, Evaluation, Technology Innovation Technical Advisor (METI).
  10. Palladium is searching for a Data Informatics Director. Apply now!
  11. SolarNow is looking to hire an ICT Manager to supervise their computing needs. 
  12. IPA is scoping out candidates for the perfect Research and Data Analyst, willing to commit to two years. 
  13. IPA is also seeking a Research Associate to handle their statistical data.
  14. FHI 360 is in need of an Information and Communications for Development and Management Informations Systems (ICT4D / MIS) Specialist for a USAID Cambodia Feed the Future program, focused on horticulture value chains.
  15. UNDP is seeking a Government Innovation Lab Research Team Leader to be based in Thailand. Apply by September 6!
  16. UNDP is also looking for students currently enrolled in Masters programs to serve as Interns in Staff Learning and Development, specifically for Data Analytics and Visualizations. 
  17. Fluent in both Arabic and English? You may be interested in another opportunity by UNDP to be a National Municipal Workshop Facilitator for an UNDP Innovation Project in Lebanon!
  18. If travelling is not for you, UNDP has yet another opportunity to be a Trainer, based from home, to facilitate workshops in Geo-data Digitiziation and Mapping of Development Minerals in the Caribbean.
  19. UNDP is also seeking a Junior Data Scientist to be based in Indonesia. Applications accepted through September 4. 
  20. UN WOMEN is looking for a Survey Programmer and Data Manager, in Guyana. Don't wait on this one! Application deadline is September 1.
  21. Apply to be a fellow with Moonshot Global for 6 weeks. Fellows will assist with and attend the mEducation Alliance Symposium. Hurry! Fellowship applications due August 30, 2017.
  22. Echo Mobile is seeking a Sales Lead to drive their expansion.
  23. Chemonics is scoping out a full-time Learning Technology Manager.  

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