I am an English Literature Student who wants to work for the SDGs. What should I do?
I am a creative problem-solving person and I study literature. I want to work in international organizations for any good global causes related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. However, I am not a specialist. Is it true that I can only work in a company as a communications officer? What are the work types for generalists like me? Where can I find the resources for SDG related jobs or companies? career generalist specialist communication international-organizations sustainability humanitarian NGOs startups
As you're studying Literature, your strengths may be language and communications, and they are much-needed skills for many jobs in civil societies. They need people to write articles and media posts about their work to engage patrons; they need people to write grant proposals to apply for funding; they need people to write position papers based on academic research and statistical studies for advocacy. It's not a bad move to start as a communication officer or programme manager for NGOs. You can learn about the subject matter on-the-job and later become a generalist / communicator specialises in a certain area, or become a specialist with good communictions skills.
Finish your degree (consider a Sustainability double major?), but add the purpose you have discovered. The actions you take now to support your studies will find a place on your resume/CV and will open doors for you when you search for ways to work in the fields that interest you.