January 13, 2020

The anatomy of a corporate crossover

Hasan Minhaj helps us chart the roller-coaster of emotions that comes with shifting to the development sector.

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1. Reading the vision and mission statements of organisations you want to apply to

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2. Feeling inspired by the larger-than-life stories of visionaries in the development sector

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3. Defending yourself from the horrified looks of your nonprofit colleagues after asking about the bonus situation on your first day

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4. Having trouble fitting in with your new colleagues because you can’t shake the corporate in you yet

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5. Feeling nostalgic about the time before your social conscience kicked in

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6. Getting made fun of by both your old work friends who think you’ve become a ‘bleeding heart lefty activist type’ and your new work friends who think you’re still a corporate sell-out

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7. Becoming the go-to person for all Excel-related problems in the office

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8. Reacting to your manager’s request to volunteer over the weekends… when you thought your job was a daily volunteering exercise anyway

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9. Trying to understand people’s reaction when you ask if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will actually be achieved by 2030

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10. Getting frustrated, one week into your job, when your ex-colleagues ask you, “What is the development sector again?!”

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