There are some places where some regard serious experience in one area as an asset in a different field. I think some places and positions value this more than others. It is really important to network to get the right feel to see how management embraces the value of a diversity of experiences and the concomitant training needed to optimize adjustments for a different direction. For example at State, there are new areas of concentration that eagerly strive to pull in folks from a variety of disciplines- I am thinking of Reconstruction and Stabilization- folks from DoD , those with experience with refugees, and Aid assistance who meet the qualifications and wish to commit to the cause will find it a place with staff with a diveristy of ages and agencies working together under one roof- with those available to travel at a moments notice a desireable premium. Thorough research helps.
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