6 steps to break into global development consulting

Breaking into global development consulting is no easy feat, but getting started is easier when you know which opportunities are a good fit and how to market yourself to land them. Photo by: Devex

Aspiring development consultants see a dilemma: How does a new consultant transition into development consulting when few people are willing to hire someone without experience? This catch-22 frustrates many first-time consultants eager to bring their skills to the global development sector.

Fortunately, you don't need to be on the “inside track” to succeed as an international development consultant. Leading development firms increasingly seek people with skills from the private sector, for example, in areas like web design, communication and career development. The ability to bring a new perspective is a currency itself, and can be the “in” those without prior development experience need.

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  • Steven Van Yoder

    Steven Van Yoder is the author of Get Slightly Famous: Become a Celebrity in Your Field and Attract More Business With Less Effort. His firm Get The Word Out Communications helps global companies become recognized authorities in their industries and reach their best clients and customers.