Part of our mission here at YAWN is to showcase young inspiring African Women who are making giant strides and building a professional path for themselves! This past week, we got an opportunity to interview a young professional at the World Bank! Enjoy this short piece.
Tell us about yourself and what you currently do?
My name is Diamilatou Kane. I am 22 years old and I am from Senegal. I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. I currently work at the World Bank as a Junior Professional Associate.
How did you get a position as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank.
During my last semester of college, I decided I wanted to get some professional experience before going to graduate school. I applied to the two-year Junior Professional Associate (JPA) Program at the World Bank, back when it was still active. I also shared my resume with someone I knew who worked there and who was able to forward it to some of their colleagues. I was later called for an interview and the rest is history.
What undergraduate courses helped prepare you for the position?And if you had to do it again, what other courses do you wish you might have taken during your undergraduate year?
Personally, I think Macro and Micro economics courses were helpful since I am directly working in my major area of study. However, I am also doing data analysis, I can say that statistics and econometrics were a plus. For the kind of operations I do at work, the basic required courses for an Economics major/Mathematics minor were enough, but because I plan to go back to school, I wish I had taken Real Analysis during my undergraduate studies.
What advice would you give to young girls who’re looking to follow similar paths?
To every young girl, I would say- ‘Dream big, and believe in those dreams; anything is possible if they put your minds to it. In addition, it is important to work hard and keep your GPAs as high as possible (especially, in your major courses) because it GPAs does matter to some extent. Try to have as much professional experience as possible, preferably, before even graduating from college, through internships, volunteering, etc. Having a full and diverse resume can make a big difference”.
What is next for you? (In terms of what paths do you plan to take in the future)
My Program at the World Bank is coming to an end. I am moving to Germany in the fall, where I plan to pursue further studies in Agricultural Economics.
Connect with Ms. Diamilatou Kane on LinkedIn.