David Maier

David Maier

Environmental Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

MSc Environment and Development, 2014

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

My decision for the LSE was based on it's international student body and it's excellence in teaching. The programme was offering a broader perspective on how to account for the increasing importance of environmental considerations in the development sector.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

While the learning experience was significant, I wish I would have had more time to actually enjoy all the school has to offer.

Please describe your career path to date:

After a rough period of job-hunting, I received a government scholarship to work at the World Bank, where I stayed as a consultant for roughly two years before changing to the Inter-American Development Bank.

Why did you choose your current job?

I would say that my current job chose me, as inter-institutional exchange is frequent in Washington D.C.

Tell us about your current job:

Currently, I am providing environmental and social safeguard support to operations all over Latin America and the Caribbean.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

My advice is to think early about whether you would like to continue you academic career and do a PhD. Deciding whether to work while studying is probably the hardest but most essential question as you have to balance performance and grades at school and crucial work experience. While you grades might be decisive when aiming at a PhD programme, your first full-time job most likely requires prior work experience.

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