My work experience before my Master’s degree does not count. Or does it?
“I am 34 years old, I finished my Master’s 6 months ago and I have only 6 months of experience after my Master’s. Yet, I have more than 4 years’ experience before that (NGOs, international companies, universities, freelance consultant).
“When development job vacancies pop-up, they require work experience AFTER a Master’s. I end up thinking that everything I’ve done before is worthless. This requirement of post-master’s experience obliges me to keep applying only for internships (this seems to be the only option for people with “technically” no experience after a Master’s) and I seriously doubt how useful it is to have 10 internships and traineeships in my CV (meaning I am not yet worthy of a real job, even after several working years).”