Job seekers must be more well-rounded (and more likeable?) than ever

Kelli Rogers, assistant editor with Devex reporting from the DC Career Forum

If anything became clear at Devex’s 6th Annual International Development Career Forum in Washington, D.C., it’s that while the landscape of international development careers continues to shift, recruiters are sure of what they’re looking for: well-rounded, adaptable talent.

Industry trends like the growing influence of private sector partners, a heavier focus on local solutions and constant pressure to innovate and show results may not be news to seasoned development professionals. But the talk of the forum was that senior-level professionals and expert consultants are now often expected to wear more hats than they may have before.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.