Advice for career transitioners: How to leverage domestic experience

Craig Zelizer shares advice for career transitioners on finding their first role in global development. Via YouTube.

When it comes to hiring, many traditional development organizations look for candidates with international experience. This can be one of the biggest obstacles in transitioning from other sectors — even for mid-career professionals with extensive experience working on domestic issues.

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How to translate your experience

How does someone with a finance and domestic health background showcase their experience to land a development job, specifically in the area of global health? First of all, “think diverse” in the types of jobs you can do, advised Craig Zelizer, CEO and founder of PCDN.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.