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Kate Warren

United States

Kate is our resident expert on what it takes to advance your career in global development. She works closely with recruiters at top development organizations and has first-hand insight into the latest hiring trends in international development. Tune in to the Career Matters Blog each week as she shares her insider perspective.

Career Matters
  • 9 networking tips for field-based global development professionals

    Posted by Shana Montesol Johnson on 23 July 2013


    We’ve all heard how important networking is to the success of our career. But how can you network if you’re based in the field, far away from key decision-makers or unable to attend organized networking events like this week’s 12th Annual Devex DC Summer Happy Hour?   Here are nine tips for those of you who are based in the field, or residing far from where your contacts (actual or desired) are located:   1. Reframe how you define networking   Some peopl...

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    • Tags: NGO, Shana Montesol, humanitarian aid, foreign aid, networking, international networking, international jobs, Career Matters
    • Posted:07/23/2013 09:35:56 AM | Email | Permalink
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  • A mid-summer's job search

    Posted by Kate Warren on 09 July 2013


    For those of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is well underway. In Washington, where I reside, this means days are so humid that going outside can feel like stepping into one big steam shower. It also means lighter traffic, empty restaurants and plentiful parking.   As the “out of office” email responses start flying in, it becomes increasingly obvious that the working world is on vacation. Especially in more vacation-leave generous places like Europe, some offices vir...

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    • Tags: international development, humanitarian aid, career advice, international jobs, Kate Warren, Career Matters
    • Posted:07/09/2013 01:17:17 PM | Email | Permalink
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  • Sounding off on unpaid internships

    Posted by Yula Marie Mediavillo on 28 June 2013


    Internships are a great way to break into international development, but should you go into an unpaid program? Devex’s resident career expert Kate Warren tackles this complex issue in her most recent Career Matters blog post. Devex readers were quick to share their thoughts based on their experiences with internship programs.   “My paid internships were excellent, but my unpaid internship was disorganized and gave me little real work experience,” JoEllen Marsh said i...

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    • Tags: Global Development Briefing, Vuvuzela, unpaid work, intern work, internship, sounding off, Career advice
    • Posted:06/28/2013 03:49:46 PM | Email | Permalink
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  • Should I take that unpaid internship?

    Posted by Kate Warren on 24 June 2013


      Typical career advice to someone breaking into international development is to start with an internship. Internships are great for building experience and connections and sometimes can lead to a job down the line. And if you are lucky, you sometimes also get paid.   But is getting paid for an internship a good thing? Of course, you may say. Who wouldn’t want to get paid? And frankly, not many people are in the financial position to work for free.   But the issue of...

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    • Tags: NGO, Department of Labor, United States, Career Matters, Kate Warren, internship, international development
    • Posted:06/24/2013 03:58:18 PM | Email | Permalink
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  • What to do when asked to sign a letter of exclusivity

    Posted by Kate Warren on 11 June 2013


      The whole notion of proposal recruitment and staffing presents a unique complexity in working in international development. This can pose challenges for both employers and professionals looking to engage on donor-funded projects. In the Devex LinkedIn group, one Devex member, Sue, posed the following question:   “What if you are currently interviewing for jobs and a consulting firm wants to put you on a bid where you have to sign an exclusivity form? What if I find a job ...

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    • Tags: bidding offer, contracts, proposal staffing, letter of exclusivity, Kate Warren, Career Matters
    • Posted:06/11/2013 04:55:41 AM | Email | Permalink
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