Should experienced career switchers start at entry level?

During this month’s “Ask Devex” webinar session, we received questions from struggling job seekers looking for their “dream jobs” and career switchers looking to get into global development. Photo by: Devex

Last week in a monthly “Ask Devex” webinar session with our career account members, I received several questions from mid-career professionals looking to change careers but not sure where to start. Here’s what I advised:

Q: “Having completed my master’s in development management from a university in the U.K. and coming — for family reasons — from mid-level generalist program management experience in governance and civil society in Ethiopia, I’m struggling to get a job in my dream sector, which is livelihoods or environment management at international development agencies based in the U.S.

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  • Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.