Like many in the development world, Kyla Achard landed her first development job by coincidence through a temp agency in Nashville. "I just fell in love with the idea of working for organizations that are doing good in the community," she said. "I was able to use my sales background as a lot of those skills apply in the development community too."
8am: Kyla starts off her day by having a cup of coffee, getting organized, and checking what's on the agenda for the day.
9am: She starts her first project, often helping to rebuild campaign materials. "I like to start my day with a bigger project while I'm still fresh for the day," she said.
11am: "One of the things a lot of people don't realize about development work is there is a lot of admin work: processing gifts, sending thank you letters." She uses this time before lunch to tie up loose ends and meet with coworkers.
12:30pm: Kyla spends her lunch hour enjoying one of the perks of her department: a huge pool with a sunny deck outside where she can read. "I always take my full hour for lunch," she said. "I think it's really important to come back refreshed; it helps to fuel creativity."
1:30pm: "This is the time that I do my best writing," Kyla says. She'll work on drafting a proposal or thank you letter.
3pm: Check in with supervisor, wrap up admin work.
3:30-5pm: Complete writing projects and finish for the day.
To anyone considering working in development, Kyla says, "There are so many different types of development out there and they all offer really different experiences. Get out there and get involved of different types of organizations; volunteer or schedule informational interviews to learn how they operate."