E19-S8 How to Go from Engineer, to Environmental Activist to International Development Professional with Jim O'Neil

Summary & Key Takeways

After a number of twists and turns, Jim O'Neil left his engineering career to become an International Development professional for major INGOs  as CRS and Mercy Corps.  Not a straight line and certainly not a boring life. The quest for meaning is not easy but possible, as attested by Jim's high impact career and experience.

In Episode 19 of Season 8, learn how Jim decided to leave behind his engineering career, become an environmental activist; complete a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution, join the Peace Corps which led him to a career as Emergency Response Manager with global INGOs responding to crises and humanitarian challenges around the world.

Check out the previous seasons & episodes of our Award-Winning Social Change Career Podcast. 

 ***Episode recorded on May 3rd, 2021

Key Links

International Development Fellows Program at CRS

Mercy Corps

Jim’s LinkedIn

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