BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT:

Gisele Maynard-Tucker

The goals of this article are to give students advice related to entering the world of development and a clear view of the responsibilities and pitfalls that come along with the profession of international consultancy as applied anthropologists. In doing so, I discuss the necessary skills required, such as a background in research, knowledge of foreign and vernacular languages, and fieldwork experience. I also give some advice about contacting development agencies and preparing for overseas work. In addition, I comment on what to expect while working in developing countries in the field of public health. In order to illustrate some of the interventions, I have drawn examples from my own experiences in the field. Motivation is very important for this career and students must be aware that although the profession may be exciting, it is also difficult and demanding. Apart from giving counsel, I have attempted to show that being a consultant is a great opportunity to learn more about the human race and that the job is full of challenges and rewards.