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Navigating Your Way into a Career with the United Nations

March 12, 2024

The Journey Begins

Imagine standing at the crossroads of your career, where every path you see is lined with the flags of nations from around the world. This is not just a journey of miles but a journey of purpose. Maria, a young professional with a passion for international development, stood at this crossroads two years ago. Today, she’s part of the United Nations’ humanitarian efforts in Southeast Asia. Her journey from a graduate in International Relations to a UN employee was filled with dedication, strategic preparation, and the right guidance. This could be your journey too.

Laying the Groundwork

Starting a career with an international organization like the United Nations requires more than just a relevant degree. The competition is fierce, with thousands of candidates from across the globe. A 2021 report by the United Nations indicated that for entry-level positions, the acceptance rate can be less than 2%. This highlights the need for exceptional preparation and standout applications.

Practical Steps Toward Your Goal

  1. Educational Background: Ensure your degree aligns with the needs of the organization. Fields such as International Relations, Environmental Science, Public Health, and Economics are often sought after.
  2. Gain Relevant Experience: Internships, volunteer work, or employment with NGOs can provide practical experience and increase your visibility to hiring managers.
  3. Language Skills: Proficiency in one of the UN’s official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) is a must. Additional languages are a significant plus.
  4. Understand the Application Process: Familiarize yourself with the YPP (Young Professionals Programme) or other entry-level schemes. Tailor your application to highlight your relevant skills and experiences.
  5. Prepare for the Exams and Interviews: The selection process often includes written exams and competency-based interviews. Thorough preparation is key.

How OpenIGO Can Assist You

OpenIGO’s Application Review service can significantly enhance your application’s chances by ensuring it is polished, professional, and tailored to the job at hand. Additionally, their Mock Interview services can prepare you for the challenging interviews, simulating the real process and providing constructive feedback to improve your performance.

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Embarking on a career with an international organization like the United Nations is a journey of perseverance, preparation, and strategic planning. With the right approach and resources like OpenIGO’s services, you can navigate through the competitive selection process. Are you ready to take the first step towards making a global impact?



With that in mind, check out our eBook, “Landing your dream job at the United Nations”, which will help you develop all competencies necessary to land your dream job at the United Nations System. It will introduce you to the complex world of the United Nations and it will guide you through all the stages of the selection process. Access:

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