Development graduates encounter an unsettled job market

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Aspiring development professionals are having a tough time finding opportunities to gain experience, network, and land their first jobs in the sector amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recent graduates said they have noticed a slowdown in job postings for entry-level positions, while current students — some still months away from graduating — are already concerned about their prospects. Data from Devex’s development jobs board shows the number of postings dropped by 12% in April and 5% in May compared with the same periods last year.

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  • 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.