How can a science/tech graduate get work to help developing countries
December 9, 2013 8:20 PM Subscribe
I’m an undergraduate chemical engineering student about graduate next semester, trying to figure out what to do next. I’ve always been interested in global development issues, and I wanted to get ideas on how I could get involved in this area, possibly using my background in science/technology in a useful way.
posted by strekker to Work & Money (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve always wanted to get involved in work that helps improves health and welfare in developing countries. I’ve also always really loved science and technology. If possible, I would love to find some way of combining the two, but I’m not sure how I could personally get involved in that kind of work.
My current ideas are a bit sketchy unfortunately – e.g. if there was a good volunteer opportunity that could get me into the field that'd be really cool. Or maybe there are tech-based companies working in the development area I could join either now or after further study. Also, I remember reading somewhere about some academics working on sustainable technologies for the poor – if I could remember/get in touch with them perhaps I could join their efforts.Also, I think the concept of social entrepreneurship seems really awesome, but not exactly sure how to become a social entrepreneur! Alas, it seems like I know everything about the traditional career paths for my major but nothing about doing anything kind of different like this.
Most of the students in my program tend to either work traditional chemical engineering roles (e.g. oil and gas, mining, etc.) or go into chemical engineering research. I do think that work’s important, but would personally really love to get out there and do something that will help people in real need.
In terms of experience, I’ve had a few successful stints in biology and material science labs, but I guess I’ve got an open mind in terms of where I go next. Also, I suppose whatever I do strictly speaking doesn’t have to draw on my background -- everything is on the table at this point. Just feels like I’ve got these skills, and it’d be great to use it for good, you know.