Advice for career transitioners: How to network effectively

Anne Steen of Georgetown University talks to Devex about how career transitioners can network effectively. Via YouTube.

Whether you are trying to switch sectors, move up in your current organization, or figure out where you fit in global development — networking is critical. Many jobs are not posted online or are posted briefly, with a lot of hiring is based on existing relationships, explained Anne Steen, executive director at the Georgetown University Graduate Career Centre with the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

If you are thinking about making a career move, Steen advised to start networking early on, preferably while still employed. It becomes more difficult when you are between jobs and feeling the pressure of securing your next paycheck, she explained.

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    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.