How to apply for a job when you don’t meet all the criteria

Natasha Beale and Mihan Borhani share tips on how to make a career transition and apply to jobs where your skills aren’t an exact match.

Women are less likely than men to apply to a job when they don’t meet all of the requirements. This can be a real barrier to women in going for promotions, switching sectors, and pursuing new roles.

During a recent Devex webinar on how to transition to a STEM role in global development, Natasha Beale, assistant director of the evaluation and learning unit at The Asia Foundation, and Mihan Borhani, product owner at Devex, spoke about their experience on moving from international relations to tech-focused roles within the development sector.

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.