#changeyourworld: Your chance to have a reception with the UN!


SOAS Careers is excited to announce that on Wed 16 November the UN is coming to SOAS to deliver a talk about Working for the United Nations! There’ll be a talk and Q&A session with the Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York, John Ericson.

We’re giving one of you the chance to have a personal reception with John Ericson after his presentation. As we encourage you to #changeyourworld, we’re asking you to show us a time that you have done so!

To be in with a chance of winning this unique opportunity, you just need to upload a photo of a time that you have changed someone else’s world, in the past year. This could be during a great internship, volunteering or work placement that you’ve been involved in, or anything else that has led to you changing another’s world.

Get inspired by taking a look at last year’s winning entries, from Florence and Georgina!


Florence’s photo was taken in Sierra Leone. She travelled there with an ex-child soldier from Rwanda, who wanted to go and meet with child soldiers from Sierra Leone. The aim was to see how to best help those suffering following the civil war. They visited a ‘ghetto’ of ex-child soldiers, built on a rubbish heap by the port. Deep in the slum they found ex-rebels, who lived in this tunnel. They spoke about their experiences and the group discussed ways to help.


Georgina’s photo was taken in Chile at a march calling for the liberalisation of abortion laws. She spent the summer researching the effects of restrictive abortion laws on maternal health at the Human Rights Centre in Santiago, thanks to a scholarship from Santander. The results of the research will be presented at a special hearing at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C.

To enter your photo, upload your picture with a brief explanation, to our Facebook or Twitter page and tag it with #changeyourworld, or else email it directly to us at careers@soas.ac.uk.

All entries must be in by Friday 4th November and the winner will be announced in this newsletter the following week. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges from SOAS, and all runner up images will be displayed at the UN talk.

To register for the talk click here, and to enter the competition just upload your photo with #changeyourworld.

Alexis Fromageot


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