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Old 31st August 2011, 21:08   #196
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A friend of mine, in IT - basically a storage administrator by profile - with 12 yrs of experience has an offer with a consultant in Singapore. He's been offered 7K SGD per month.

@Singapore IT T-Bhpians - Sounds market value for a guy his level of experience ?
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A friend of mine, in IT - basically a storage administrator by profile - with 12 yrs of experience has an offer with a consultant in Singapore. He's been offered 7K SGD per month.

@Singapore IT T-Bhpians - Sounds market value for a guy his level of experience ?
It would depend on a few things:
1. Is your friend due for a promotion in the current company?
2. What are his/her career ambitions?
3. Is the Singaporean salary a big jump in income for your friend (after taking into account Singaporean cost of living and rent)?

If I was in your friend's shoes, I would take the Singapore offer if the saving potential in the new job is at least 100% more than my current job. Whether the offer is fair in terms of average Singaporean salary or not should not really matter.

On the flip side, career growth takes a hit and the work is often harder as a consultant.

Your friend should probably take some local job interviews to see if they can get a significantly better job offer in India at a higher level. If not, he might as well make some money as a consultant.

Then again, just my personal thoughts.
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Old 27th December 2011, 10:25   #198
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Year 2011 is ending. It is that time again – making New Year resolutions. One thing on my mind is setting my career path straight. Let me explain what I mean to say. I am a civil engineering graduate who passed out this year. Now I am working in an investment bank in the Equity Research division (Yeah I know I am stupid). It was not that I hate Civil engineering but then I did not get a good profile in civil engineering in all the companies that come to our campus for placements. So I am six months into my finance job. Equity research is one thing where it is – either you progress or you move out. You either become a good analyst or you do not. As for now because of my engineering back ground I am a little slow in understanding the financial jargon. I am trying my best to understand all I can about this field – I even gave Level 1 CFA exam which has the basics of Equity Research.

Now the dilemma – Should I stick in Finance or should I move over to Civil (a thing I studied for 5 years). If I move to Civil, my pay would be considerably less and I might even have to travel which I am not comfortable with. What if I stick in the current field of Equity Research and do not like this field? After spending time in Equity Research can I go to some other finance department where my current experience would count? Other option is go to for MBA after which I can look for some managerial roles.

I asked a lot of people and everyone gave me a different advice. A friend of mine told me to at least give some time to Equity Research since I have been into it for just 6 months. Another person who is in the field of civil engineering has told me to move to Civil as being in Finance will not be good for my resume. He is of the opinion that the longer I stay in this field the more difficult it will become to switch to Civil after some time. Anyone here who has worked in the field of Equity Research and can guide me to future career options?
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I am even considering doing an full time MBA in HR

Request advice on methods to be followed to switch over to HR.
It would be hard to find a suitable job for your experience in HR. But if you are ready to do a fulltime MBA. Then better opportunities would open up in HR for you. But before taking the plunge into MBA, I would suggest you to visit some consultants and give some interviews. The idea here would be to see what are the things the HR will say either for not hiring you into HR or not offering better package.

With 7 yrs experience in banking, I think even a part-time/ distance course from a reputed institute should do the trick.

Best wishes.
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Now the dilemma Should I stick in Finance or should I move over to Civil (a thing I studied for 5 years). If I move to Civil, my pay would be considerably less and I might even have to travel which I am not comfortable with. What if I stick in the current field of Equity Research and do not like this field? After spending time in Equity Research can I go to some other finance department where my current experience would count? Other option is go to for MBA after which I can look for some managerial roles.

I asked a lot of people and everyone gave me a different advice.
Of course, you will get as many opinions as the people you ask. Which is a good thing because it makes you aware of what else is out there.

One place where engineering and finance do come together is Fixed Income Quantitative Analysis, because both speak a common language, mathematics.

I'd suggest you stick with your current job for at least another 6 months. One year of industry experience will teach you a lot more than 4 years of classroom studying. If you still don't like what you are doing, then sit down and figure out why you are not happy with it, before deciding to move on to another field.
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Old 28th December 2011, 10:44   #201
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I'd suggest you stick with your current job for at least another 6 months. If you still don't like what you are doing, then sit down and figure out why you are not happy with it, before deciding to move on to another field.
Thanks a lot for replying! This is what I was thinking. Give some more time to this job. Try to develop the skills to excel at this job. If things go further downhill, I will have to go back to the drawing board.
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Old 15th February 2012, 20:42   #202
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Need some advice.
The background:
My wife has approximately 7.5 years experience and is currently working as a Project Lead in a major IT services company. She started off in DotNet and joined this organization for that purpose only. After 5 yrs in DotNet 2.0 she got into a project which had some .Net + PowerBuilder integration. Gradually, she has evolved into a semi project management role and her coding skills have taken a backseat. DotNet is a long forgotten story and she is just into Db + Powerbuilder now-mostly in a review role.

The Trouble: We are looking for a move to Pune in the near future. A cursory search on job sites reveals almost zero openings in PB. She wants to keep in touch with technology and doesn't want to get into a hardcore mgmt role.

The Question: What would be the best way forward at this point of time to effect a good shift.
A. Revamp on the dotnet skills(pretty tough considering her schedule)?
B. keep searching for some suitable opening in PB(doesn't seem very forthcoming) ?

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Could some one provide some info on what kind of opportunities are out there for epidemiologists and environment/ occupational health specialists?!
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Old 17th February 2012, 12:05   #204
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Bumping this query up as the thread seems to have gone cold.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2682279 (The Career Advice Thread)

Appreciate any insights.
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Old 17th February 2012, 22:28   #205
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Hi all, we have a situation here and would really appreciate if any one could suggest a way out, well here is the story,

My wife is a BE in CSE of 2008 batch. She was unfortunate not to be selected for the campus recruitment drive that happened in their college due to a badly timed back paper.

After BE, she did a 6 month web development/Java course hoping to land a job there, but that also didn't work out since no company came for recruitment that year.

Then we came to know about a written test happening in Chennai for Nokia Siemens as contract employee in the pay roll of Mafoi consultancy. She cleared the test and got selected and has completed two years in this job now.

She has been trying for a better permanent job for some time now that would atleast offer fresher level salary and have posted the resume in all the job sites, but nothing is working out because most of the people who call reject the application either because she is currently working as a contractor and/or the current salary is really low (less than 2 lacs p.a.). To add to that, there is no hope for a hike or becoming permanent in Nokia Siemens in the foreseeable future and there are people there with 4 to 5 years experience having the same salary and working as contractors.

Skill set includes Informatica, Unix shell scripting, SQL reporting services and VB Macro.

The problem is that the resume is getting rejected at the initial screening itself as current job is a contract one and the salary is low. Because of this, she is not even getting a chance at the interview.

Would really appreciate if anyone could give direction/advice that would help get out of the situation.
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I am giving a honest opinion here, don't take offense.

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Skill set includes Informatica, Unix shell scripting, SQL reporting services and VB Macro.
These are not strong skills. For a person with 3+ years experience, employers also look at some domain knowledge.

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The problem is that the resume is getting rejected at the initial screening itself as current job is a contract one and the salary is low.
Current salary is not an indication of skill or ability. Good recruiters can easily see beyond the current salary and assess the candidate.

Try re-writing the resume from the POV of domain knowledge and solution building.
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I am giving a honest opinion here, don't take offense.

These are not strong skills. For a person with 3+ years experience, employers also look at some domain knowledge.

Current salary is not an indication of skill or ability. Good recruiters can easily see beyond the current salary and assess the candidate.

Try re-writing the resume from the POV of domain knowledge and solution building.
Thanks a lot for the frank advice Samurai, absolutely no offense taken.

I think the project details in the resume are already presented from a domain perspective which by the way is telecom. I think we could add more problem/solution details as you suggested. Thanks again.
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Skill set includes Informatica, Unix shell scripting, SQL reporting services and VB Macro.

The problem is that the resume is getting rejected at the initial screening itself as current job is a contract one and the salary is low. Because of this, she is not even getting a chance at the interview.

Would really appreciate if anyone could give direction/advice that would help get out of the situation.
The skill set is fine, however very diverse. In the 2 years of experience, how many years have been spent in each of the technologies you have mentioned? The problem here I feel is that if a company wants to hire her as an Experienced Professional, they will look for more experience in any one of these technologies.
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Currently I'm in FY.BSc at mithibai college (mumbai uni) and now i'm losing interest in science. I spoke to several of my friends doing BCom and I have actually started to get interest in commerce. Mostly I'm planning to change my stream to commerce. I know my 1 year will get wasted if I make the shift now because I've almost completed FYBSc (sem-2 exams will end in a week) and will again be starting off with FYBcom. Do help.
Later after my graduation I plan to do an MBA.
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The problem is that the resume is getting rejected at the initial screening itself as current job is a contract one and the salary is low. Because of this, she is not even getting a chance at the interview.
Are you mentioning about her contract position at Ma-foi in the resume? If yes, remove that. Don't mention about this fact in the resume. For good consultancies/companies, this doesn't really make any difference.

Mention all the work she has done so far as work experience at Nokia Siemens and not as employment history at Ma-foi. Mention this detail only when someone asks about it. All I'm suggesting is to not make this detail very obvious in resume. This might help her at least get some interview calls.

Also, contact some good consultancies like CareerNet.

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