Ask Devex: Career transitions

An excerpt from the “Ask Devex” online event. Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

Special guest speaker Tunde Hegedus joined Devex’s Kate Warren for this month’s Ask Devex online event to help answer our members’ career questions. Hegedus is a business development specialist with Tetra Tech and supports recruitment for one of the organization’s international development services units.

Within many development organizations, recruitment actually falls under a business development function, explains Warren. Based in San Francisco, Hegedus recruits for project bids, as well as active international projects and United States based positions. She brought her insider perspective into what organizations look for when hiring.

Much of the discussion this month involved career transitions — whether that is moving from a career in policy to working with nongovernmental organizations, switching to headquarters after years in the field, or leveraging your experience in the tech sector to break into global development. Every career transition is difficult, says Hegedus, regardless of which sector you are coming from and what expertise you bring. But starting the conversation with organizations of interest and allowing them to get to know you beyond what’s on your CV can make the transition easier, she says.

“Establishing a personal connection with people who are already part of these organizations is a number one priority for somebody who is trying to make a transition and break into the sector,” says Hegedus.

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.