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International Youth Day 2022: Spotlighting Sena Alemu

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Sena Alemu, 28, works as a Communications Officer at the Cordaid Ethiopia Country Office in Addis Ababa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Organisational Leadership, both from Addis Ababa University. Additionally, Sena is certified in graphic design, photography, content creation, and skills training. Sena developed her interest in communications work while volunteering for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) during her university years. Always having had a knack for creative expression through design and photography, Sena was able to tap into this aspect of herself through her volunteer work. So, upon completing her studies, she decided to pursue a career in communications. She landed her first job with ICCO cooperation, a Dutch INGO operating in Ethiopia, that has since joined forces with Cordaid. Having been recognized for her talents, Sena was later recruited by Cordaid as a Communications Officer. 

Why did you start working for Cordaid Communication department? 

“I believe it is important to push myself and grow personally via humanitarian and development work and doing so has given me a greater chance to grow both personally and professionally as a young lady striving to change the world for everyone”.  

What do you love most about your job? 

“Being a communications professional allows me to understand a variety of dynamics and contribute to society while collaborating with individuals who have similar objectives, which is why I like it”.  

What key lessons have you learned so far? 

“I discovered that we are all constantly learning; life is a school. And I believe, opportunity given to young people are opportunity never to be wasted”. 

“I am so happy that I work for such organization of my childhood dreams. I always want to be there for the people in the community that need voice, support, and improved livelihood. And I am a lifelong advocate for women, minorities, and those in need.” 

Sena Alemu

What advice do you have for other young people looking to start a career? 

“Keep in mind that this world values you, your skills, and potential. Never let an opportunity go by because our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. It is not what you achieve, it is what you overcome; That is what defines your career”  

Is there anything else you would like to add? 

“Every year, the international youth day is celebrated on August 12th.  This year it will be celebrated with theme: ” Intergenerational solidarity: create a world for all ages“, with the purpose to amplify the message that action is needed from all generations to achieve the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs and leave no one behind. Similarly, I agree that the younger generation should make a significant contribution to their community and be part of the worldwide efforts”.