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Rahul Jha is a Program Officer at the International Telecommunications Union under the United Nations. He has done many various things in his life that have to do with Telecommunications. He has worked in numerous different companies including Nokia and Ericsson. Being a professional in his field, this interview touches upon different aspects of his job in the ITU.
What is the function of the ITU?
Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, we allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Every time you make a phone call via the mobile, access the Internet or send an email, you are benefitting from the work of ITU.
What are some tips on working in a multicultural work environment?
Rahul mentioned that working with people from all over the world can at times be challenging if you do not take the time to learn about their background. It takes a lot of communication and understanding one another in order to make the team cohesive. However, Rahul said that it is an amazing experience because of all the different ideas and points of view that can be brought to the table.
How can students differentiate themselves?
Just like Rahul, many people dream to work for the United Nations. This organisation holds so many people together so it is definitely a fascinating experience. Rahul suggested that you should become an expert in whatever field it is you want to go into. Organizations like the UN have so many subsections so it is important to find a place where you fit and where your work and expertise is vital.
If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Choose different internships from different areas to make yourself more well-rounded.