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How do I start a Career in Rural Development?

Career in Rural Development

I find a Career in Rural Development very interesting. Almost everyone seems to be talking about How to start a Career in Rural Development, while I want to first develop an understanding of What is a Career in Rural Development. I was Googling about a Career in Rural Development and was lucky to find: Work/Career-in-Rural-Development/english 

Dr B P Maithani's perspective!

Dr B P Maithani has worked in Rural Development for 20 years. Dr B P Maithani has worked in Rural Development as President in RTI Club, Uttarakhand. In Dr B P Maithani's own words, this is how Dr B P Maithani got into Rural Development: "I started my career as a Researcher in Social Science with the Centre for the Study Developing Society, New Delhi. After that, I did various work in the field of Rural Development and also taught Geography for 7 years for a Government College. After that, I became the Founder and Director of NIRD, North East India Centre, Guwahati. There I worked for about 15 years. I also worked with Council for Advancement of People's Activity and Rural Technology (CAPART) for 5 years. Currently, I am the President of RTI Club, Uttarakhand." I searched Dr B P Maithani on Google and found this profile: 

Career Video on Rural Development

In a video, Dr B P Maithani has talked about various aspects of a Career in Rural Development. Dr B P Maithani started by explaining Rural Development as: "Rural development is the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. It has traditionally centered on the exploitation of land-intensive natural resources such as agriculture and forestry. However, changes in global production networks and increased urbanization have changed the character of rural areas." It was an amazing video with great information.

It was a welcome change to see the video touch upon Education as theoretical knowledge needed to excel at Rural Development, and not merely as Qualifications needed to enter Rural Development. Dr B P Maithani touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Extension Service
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Education
  • Knowledge of Law
  • Marketing and Finance
  • Awareness

Sills and success goes hand in hand. One needs to get a hold of essential skills.
Dr B P Maithani then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in Rural Development:

  • Rural Development Management
  • Social Work
  • Leadership
  • Multitasking
  • Empathy
  • Computer Skills

Positives of any Career motivate one to work hard for the same.
Dr B P Maithani believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in Rural Development:

  • Change Maker
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Respect, Reward & Recognition

Challenges are the other side of Positives and this Career is no exception.
And, Dr B P Maithani believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in Rural Development:

  • Working in Difficult Situation
  • Sacrificing Comfort Zone
  • Risk of being Misunderstood

In the final section of the video Dr B P Maithani talks about How a day goes in a Career in Rural Development. This video is by far the best video on a Career in Rural Development, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video: 

Similar Career Talks on LifePage

I continued with my research on LifePage and thoroughly studied these links to gain more perspective:

Career Counseling 2.0

Having gained so much from a professional perspective on a Career in Rural Development, I wanted to learn about other Careers on LifePage. I think LifePage is doing an amazing job of connecting real professionals with Career seekers. It is truly an amazing innovation in the area of Career Counseling. You can learn more about LifePage on: