Landing a job in global development is tough, and the first few years of your career may also be very challenging as you learn what it means to work in this particular sector. Paths to a career in this competitive sector often involve balancing a weekend job with a full-time internship before spending months, or even years, overseas to gain the field experience that will allow you to specialize or move up the career ladder.
While this career can be quite demanding, it can also be very rewarding. We spoke with early career development professionals to hear their advice for others trying to get their development career off to a good start.
Be willing to work for free
Getting your foot in the door in global development can be tough, and before you land an entry-level position with any organization, chances are you will have to prove your worth volunteering or interning for little or no money. Almost everyone in the global development sector has served their time as an intern, either working in the home office or overseas.
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While there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it, many employers will try to use this opportunity to assess your fit within the organization and start training you for a future role. Be prepared to work for free — but see it as a worthwhile investment of your time that could lead you to an entry-level position.