There are currently 6,818 active United States Peace Corps volunteers, meaning approximately half of these people will return home this year when their two-year service is done. And those people will need jobs.
And startup companies need those people.
While perusing endless listings and enduring lengthy interviews in my search for jobs after the Peace Corps, I found myself hungering for something different. Although transitioning into technology was a big leap from my previous work experience, I found it was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my post-volunteer career. Everything I had learned during my two years of volunteer work in Armenia had prepared me to be the perfect startup candidate. Here’s why: