Career Counselling: How to deal with a mid-life career crisis

It’s only a matter of time before working men and women will start facing the heat of a mid-life career crisis in their job. It’s seldom an overnight development that you can quickly put your finger on. Instead it starts creeping up slowly but surely. Office politics, burnout, ego clashes, loss of management trust, self defeating feelings of self-doubt.

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Listening to the frustration release song (can you guess who’s the singer?) can offer a few moments of solace, but no real solution.

For many, a job change or an international MBA seems like a good escape route to reset the clock and start off afresh. But it’s an expensive & risky option and there’s no guarantee that the mid-life career problems you were facing will disappear. What if they resurface in the new company in a different form?

When faced with a similar crisis situation in his career, Vijay (name changed) initially thought of the typical escape route option i.e. leaving the toxic corporate environment behind and going for an MBA abroad.

When he reached out to us, we realised that his whole MBA admissions strategy, right from his GMAT preparation was chaotic. He ended up with a very low GMAT score that wouldn’t get him into any decent bschool. In a state of panic, he started looking at ways to bypass the highly selective hurdles.

But then he realised he wasn’t dealing with the real problems. He was just chasing simple (and ineffective) workarounds. That’s when he decided to adopt a different strategy. Get some career counselling and tackle the primary issues head on!

Not in an aggressive manner, though. That would just aggravate the situation. He discovered that there were subtle ways to tackle mid-career crises situations. It might take time and the results may not be immediately visible.

This is a true story, with the personal details taken out.


How career counselling helped me fix my mid-life career crisis

by Vijay

Read Vijay’s career turnaround story that has got 100+ comments, by unlocking the content below.


By the way, apart from putting an end to his mid-career crisis, Vijay also got a fantastic and unexpected perk at work – and it’s not money or promotion related. There’s a top bschool angle to it. We’ll save that part of the story for an offline coffee discussion.

Continuing the wild goose chase – GMAT, MBA et al – would’ve meant Vijay would’ve shelled out several lakhs of rupees from his hard-earned savings into a program that would’ve mattered very little. Instead, he chose to reach out and share his confusion and was open to a longer, slower approach.

In India, most professionals assume it’s a sign of weakness to reach out to others for career counselling help. It’s not. On the contrary, it requires maturity and a higher emotional quotient (EQ) to share something so personal with others, even if it’s someone you trust. Check out the inspiring story of an MBA Dropout (IIT grad).

If you’ve been struggling with job or career issues, rather than taking a quick-fix approach, we’d urge you to slow down, take a step back and re-evaluate the real issues & circumstances that triggered the mid-life career crisis.

Career counsellingApart from our regular MBA related services, we also offer career counselling support to folks where we think we can help. We clearly define the scope of what we can and can’t do.

Don’t assume that the career counsellor will magically making difficult problems disappear. But the counsellor could give you objective and logical perspectives that may be eluding you at a stage when everything appears so ominous.

If you think you could do with some friendly and objective advice, check out our career counselling page and contact us on: info [at] mbacrystalball [dot] com

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99 Comments

  1. wajid says:

    Hi, I have done my engineering in Electronics n Communication with good percentage and after that due to recession I had to take up a job as Marketing executive. After working for 15 months I got an opportunity to work in a defence company for a year, later I realized it was not going to assist me in my career as it was a contract job and involved very less responsibilities and almost after one and half a year I started working GIS and working till date. During one and half a year period I joined a course on .Net and after completion of the course I started hunting for a job as a .Net fresher but could not find one as I graduated in 2008 and that was a big huddle and because of which I have taken up a job in GIS field. Now, at this point in my career I very much worried about my future and helpless as I don’t understand where to head from here, should I do an MBA? Or start practicing .Net getting into any of the organizations as an intern. If I go for MBA, which specialization shall I chose? Should it be finance and HR or operations? Please guide me

  2. Sameer Kamat says:

    Hi Wajid,

    While starting any new career, the learning curve in the first few years is the steepest. However it doesn’t always bear the fruits (designation, salary, growth etc) you might expect.

    But it’s always good to stick around and pick up skills that will be useful later.

    If you reset the clock too quickly and too frequently to move into unrelated arenas (which is what seems to have happened in your case), the benefits of the previous experience are likely to get diluted.

    An MBA isn’t going to wipe out whatever has happened so far. So rather than triggering another shift (with a new degree), you might want to stick around to gain some solid experience in any chosen field where you already have the pre-requisite qualifications (.NET or GIS or anything else).

    Spend at least 2-3 years in that role before even considering another academic degree.

  3. Rahul(name changed) says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am a computer science engineer pass out from a very good engineering college and used to be a very bright student in my school times. I continuously topped in my school times for almost 12 years. But In college time I turned out to be an average student.
    I got placed in two companies during campus placement and right now working with an MNC. I have now got one and half years of experience in the same company. My current package is of 4 lacks .
    As I used to be a really bright student for the most part of my life, It’s difficult for me to be satisfied with this small package. I am thinking to do some higher studies to utilize my potential fully. My weakness is my communication skills. My English fluency is not very good and have stage fright.
    For higher studies I have 3 things in my Mind :
    1. Mtech :
    If I choose this then it would definitely waste my two years of experience.
    2. Public Sector :
    Somewhere it lacks money and requires a complete new ways for preparation which isolate you to come out from it and prepare for other sectors in case you don’t get anything good in UPSC exam. It’s a bit risky.
    3. MBA :
    Its handsome package always attracts me. My ambitions are very high and want to do my level best so that I can get satisfaction in life. Some hurdles between me and my MBA plans are :
    a. My weak communication skills.I am thinking to give CAT-2013, it means I have a complete year to improve it.
    b. I belong to a middle class family. B-Schools are very expensive. And that’s why I have to make sure that If I choose any B-School, somewhere there should be guaranty of good placement to come out from the debt of B-School’s fees.

    Should I start my preparation for MBA. I am sure I will crack CAT written exam with very good percentile. But I doubt my abilities in clearing GD-PI. Later on If I become a manager, would my communication skills and stage fright hinder me to achieve success ?

    I am really hardworking guys and ready to do hard work of any sort to achieve something really satisfying in my life. I also want to get a really good job to show my cast and relatives the importance of education in life as they still believe in doing works like farming and all rather than making their children educated. Really need your advice. Please, guide me. Thanks in advance.

    – An ordinary boy with extraordinary dreams

  4. Sameer Kamat says:

    Rahul,

    It takes guts to come out and share personal stories. So, kudos to you for doing something that most readers (with much better communication skills) of this post might never be able to do, though they wish they could muster up the courage to do so .

    And talking about communication, I think you did a pretty good job in explaining your dilemma, the options you’ve considered and the rationale for doing so. Stop thinking that you aren’t good enough.

    I haven’t heard you speaking, so if you are referring to your verbal communication rather than writing skills, then I would like to hear you talking. If you are interested, drop me a note and I’ll share a phone number you can call. It’s not going to be a formal counselling session, but I’d be happy to share my immediate thoughts about how good or bad your communication skills are.

    Coming back to your queries:

    Salary:
    I don’t think 4 Lakhs for someone with 1.5 years work experience is a shabby amount at all.

    MBA plans:
    Like the person in the original post, you are trying to look at an MBA as a quick fix to your problems. And when you say – ‘there should be a guarantee of good placements‘ – you already created an expectation that no school will be able to promise or deliver. Not even Harvard Business School.

    So I’d say, hang on. Don’t jump into more competitive exams at this stage. A post-graduate degree will have a miniscule impact on your primary (perceived?) weakness i.e. communication skills. And you might be forced into roles that require communication skills that are far more superior to take on more responsibilities and justify your bigger salary.

    Alternatives:
    First, see if you can build the skills that you really want, and do it outside the classroom. If you’ve been a good student, then your grasping power is better than most.

    Seek out smaller opportunities (maybe outside the office) where you get to polish your English as well as do something else that you’ll value later.

    E.g. take up a social initiative where you can teach English to kids either in a local vernacular school or through an NGO.

    Unlike your competitive colleagues who might constantly be looking out for opportunities to show their superiority, the kids you teach won’t ridicule you. In fact, you’ll be their hero.

    When you are confident that you have the right skills, and a better understanding of the financial risks involved, only then should you consider additional degrees. Given the option, try to make the need for additional degrees redundant.

  5. Rahul(name changed) says:

    Sameer, I am really thankful to you for giving such a wonderful advice. It’s much better than what I thought. I think, I should postponed my MBA plans as of now and concentrate on polishing my skills.
    I am going to make some really good plans as suggested by you to improve my skills and will definitely update you about my progress.
    It’s a much needed advice came at the right time. Thank you again.

    • Kshama says:

      Rahul

      I had gone through the similar situation like yours and can say that it is sort of common situation for brilliant students who have studied in regional languages (rather than studying in English Medium )
      My experience states that with our good grasping power, dedication and willingness to improve, communication skills get improved with time.. the work experience definitely help a lot

      All the best

  6. Sitaram (name changed) says:

    Hi Sameer ,

    Telling you my lifestory in short –
    Passed out in 2004 with Btech in Computer science . Worked with MNC from Jan 2005 – Apr 2009 . About 4.5 yrs. Then took a career break to prepare for Civil services . But could not clear the exam so joined IT back again in Mar 2011 in a small company. Till date I have 6 yrs of experience and my salary package is around 7.5 Lac ( which is less at this level ).
    The attempt to prove myself in Civil services has not occurred. So still that fire is burning in me to do something big and get a good position.
    Presently I am team leader in Production support department of an IT company. From last 1.5 yrs I am working on a new domain and I like it very much and want to become a Business Analyst( BA). But the current organization is not allowing me this move . Getting frustrated , so thinking if I do a MBA then may be becoming a BA help. Or if I do a MBA in operations then may be better position open for me in leader ship side. Confused where I want to go – BA or Operations(IT company obviously).

  7. ABC says:

    Sir, Pls send ur emailID , i need to consult anout myself via email. Pls do revert Sir

    Thanks & regards

  8. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Rahul: Glad that you found the suggestions useful. Come back here and share your story when you think you have some more interesting updates. Good luck!

    @ABC: The blog post has the email ID.

    @Sitaram: You gave your best shot and didn’t get into the Civil Services. Stop looking at it as baggage now and move on. I can’t give you a quick answer to which career goal you should choose (we spend several days trying to asnwer that question using the MBA MAP). But at a broader level, yes, an MBA could help you make that transition.

  9. Sagar says:

    Hi,
    I am an Electronics and communication engineer with a 2.5 years of experience as a Software engineer and from last one year I with my uncle who is into Road construction Business. I have always stayed away from online forums, but this blog impressed me and so i would like to share my career story with just one expectation of getting a reply from Mr. Sameer
    I was working with a MNC as a Software engineer with a decent package. I was on bench for over a year which made me lazy and rusted all my skills. Finally after a year i was moved to a QC team which i had to forcefully accept as my development skills were rusted till then. I did QC for the products for some time and then polished my skills and moved into development arena. I was praised for my effort and was sent to customer location for 6 months. I fared well but was no more interested to do the monotonous job as it had zero learning. So i thought of Switching job, but many interviewers made me realized that you had nothing good on your resume and your skills if any are all not required here in. Also, the company asked me to do lot of study work on one technology and gave me all the unrelated work. So i had issues regarding my work and was not happy with this behavior of my company. Finally, stressed out, i left the job and thought of pursuing MBA. I wrote cat-2011 and did nothing good as it was all without Goal. From that day till date, my life is all without Goal. I am now with my uncle where in i take care of procurement and do the trading. But i always feel that i am favored and does not feel motivated to do the work at all. Moreover i was never interested to do this work but as i had nothing in my mind, i thought of doing something rather than doing nothing. /i am fed up with the uncertainties of life. I want to study, want to do MBA from abroad but my poor resume is stopping me to do so. On one hand i feel that i have a very good resume as i have an experience in diverse fields but on the other lack skills in both the fields with low confidence level. I know i am very stubborn and if i decide something in life i can achieve it, but i am not able to decide, so second step is also passive as of now.
    Can you please guide me what should i do with my life. Moving back to corporate field is impossible so i would like to cut out in that option. I think of MBA as i want to settle abroad but i told you my poor resume and hence not taking any exams although done with my IELTs.

    regards
    Once a bright,motivated ambitious Student, now a confused person with a hell lot of issues unable to solve

  10. Dipen says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I will tell you my story from the beginning and it’s long so I am sorry for that in advance. I belong to a marwadi family but I was born and brought up in Gujrat as my family has medium scale business established in gujrat. My father did not get much support from his own family during early 20’s (as he lost his father at the age of 15) so he left our native home and came to another city in gujrat to start something new. He completed his M.Com in 1986 but he choose to start his own business(may due to marwadi and gujrati instinct). In a new city, with two little child ,my mom and initially with ZERO amount of money, he started. As he was hardworking, focused , very good human being and had a great business sense, his new business started off well and he continued with it. Luckily, I and my brother both were very good at academics in school and my father knew that if I and my brother are made to study properlly, his children can have much better life.

    MY father was earning well initially but due to less customer demand, his business started shrinking, though he made me and my brother study the best and he provided all necessary things. He sacrificed his dreams for the better of his children and his efforts paid. I and my brother were among toppers till 12th std. Now starts my own story. I got admission in the best engineering college of the state and one of the best in Country(NITs) with very good score in 12th science( with 100 in maths). And I also started developing my interest in business gradually (again I don’t know why).

    The only reason I opted science was I loved mathematics and opted computer engineering branch as it required more logic than science. But As soon as I came in college , I realized I was not made to be an engineer. After 1st , my performance was not great and I ended up with 7 CGPA out of 10. Low CGPA was due to lack of interest than lack of ability. In my 7th semester, due to a major accident, I missed some elite companies in placements likes of deloitte, future first. When I came back, participated in campus placements and I got offers from 3 IT MNCs due to result of mass recruiting.

    Then after I joined Indian IT MNC and working with same since june 2011. But let me tell you I can not continue as an IT engineer because nothing excites or inspires me to work here. Though I find working in an IT MNC very easy but I don’t like to lead an easy life. I love to face challenges and ready to work hard to achieve my goals. In last year or so, I have realized that I should work as a consultant (or say management consultant). I believe in my analytical and quant skills and now I want to work for management consulting firm though I am not an MBA (but I plan to go for MBA later). I was confused earlier because due to my sound technical skills(in contrast to my low CGPA) I got selected for Amazon interview two times. 1st time I went and could not clear final round. 2nd time I did not go for it as I was clear I don’t want to be a coder. Most people leave IT filed because they don’t like coding but in my case, I am very good at coding but my interest lies in consulting. I will soon apply to deloitte via employee referral. I don’t want to waste my effort this time. So, I am working on to prepare proper resume to get shortlisted and later I want to prepare for this consulting interview.

    Guide me If my decision is correct or not. Is my career going in right direction? I plan to go for MBA but I want to have consulting experience before that (which will add value to my profile post MBA) because my 3 years IT experience will hurt me even in lateral MBA placements and in nearby future(POST MBA) , I plan to start a new business(as my father did :)) after saving some amount of money( with some corporate experience ) and want to take care of my parents. But right now I am confused and I don’t want have common profile(that of Indian IT male engineer in my MBA programe). Suggest me few other alternatives for my career.

    Waiting for your response.

    Regards,
    Dipen

  11. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Sagar: If you were doing good work in the first job, I’m not sure why there was such an urgency to leave it and hop onto a wild goose chase (other jobs, CAT etc). In almost all industries, the first 4-5 years of the career will never give you the most satisfaction. The idea is to stick around for long enough for the meaty work to start coming in. You broke that flow in 2 years.

    Btw, you might be interested in reading a similar story of someone who spent 2 years in a corporate role and then 2 years more in family business before applying to US bschools. He got a full scholarship (100 tuition waiver) + stipend.

    You could try to focus on what you have in hand and gain real world skills and experiences over the next year or two. Then think about whether an MBA might make sense.

  12. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Dipen: Wow! That’s a really looooong story, buddy. First let me address your main query.

    If you are able to get a break in the management consulting industry, should you go? If you have the aptitude, interest and capability…and if a good company offers the job…you absolutely should.

    Now a couple of related points, mainly because you’ve expressed an interest in becoming a management consultant and taking up an MBA at some point in time.

    1. On several occasions, while reading your story, I got lost in the detail. Consulting jobs as well as MBA applications expect candidates to be very clear and precise in what they are saying.
    You’ll have to develop the skills to be able to provide the context and follow it up with questions in a crisp manner.

    2. Getting a management consultant job isn’t easy at all. Become familiar with how the industry works, how they recruit and wether you are ready for it. Otherwise you’ll become even more frustrated when the good companies will not open their doors despite all the effort you put in.

    As a starting point, check out these posts on management consultants.

  13. sujoy says:

    I am Sujoy.I am working in mnc as kind of construction engineer.I have completed four & half years.I am fed up with current job & want to pursue MBA to change the nature of job.I tried cat but it was not good as i cant give to work pressure.I want to leave my job at current level & opt for executive MBA.But for that I need to complete 5 years too.But as I am not getting good job,can experience of working in small company would be counted as(turn over 5-10 crores) work ex for EXecutive MBA programs of IIMs.If tried through cat,will my age or gap of 10 months make any difference while selection

  14. Vinny says:

    Hello Sir,

    Could you please send me your mobile no, where I can call you and have my career counselling session started?

    Thanks,
    Vinny.

  15. Sagar says:

    Thanks for your suggestion Mr. Sameer. But i have few more doubts that i would like to clarify. I have almost spend a year in business and will invest one more. During this tenure i want your suggestion on how should i train myself technically so as to fulfill the criteria of top universities. I do not want to waste this time in just googling on what to do and not to, and then regret on wasting this precious time.. I also intent to write GMAT/GRE after 6Months.Please throw some light on what to do at this time so that when i actually prepare for GMAT, i find it easy to catch up things.
    Also i am looking for Masters in Systems engineering which has a scope of work that i actually am interested in.Little confused between MBA and Masters in system engineering, but i keep that for later stage. As you said focus on what you have in hand and then decide if further education makes sense.

    regards
    Sagar

  16. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Sujoy: The company name does matter. But the role and responsibilities you manage at work are more important that the brand or size of the company. Btw, a little too late for CAT-based MBA programs.

    @Vinny: The email ID has been listed at the end of the blog post.

    @Sagar: Tough to sort out the MBA vs MS query here. You might get some pointers here: MBA vs Masters in Management: Which is better?

    Bschools don’t have a standard list of things you can do on the technical side (mainly because it’s a business degree). But anything that can give you leadership, managerial and business exposure would be good.

  17. Gt says:

    Hi Sameer,

    As like most of the people here, I am also an IT engineer,
    who got graduted in engineering from a small town and have been working from almost 5 years.
    I always wanted some interactive kind of job where I could express myself better then sitting and coding.
    Something Like where I can travel around and talk to people and be creative.
    but I couldnt leave my job to go for it and explore, as my family was facing some financial crisis.
    Now I am stuck to decide what would be a better option for my career.
    I feel Makreting would be a better option but is it the right time to start now??
    Need some guidence.

    Thanks and regards……

  18. Somejyoti Mukherjee says:

    Hello Sameer,

    I recently gave my GMAT and scored 700, 5.0 (AWA) and 7 (IR). I am a Chemical Engineering Undergrad from Jadavpur University and working with IBM since 2007, as a ERP Consultant in Sales and Distribution. I have a pretty stable proffessional life, have won 2 Prestigious Awards for my contributions and have been promoted twice during my work-life cycle.
    I aspire to move to a Management Consulting role in one of the Top Consulting firms and then gradually build up my own firm. That’s why I am targeting the Top 20 B schools for Fall 2014 admissions.
    But, my main concern out here is the total lack of Fund. I would be needing a 100% loan which would cover my Tuition + Living expenses ($ 150K). Since, I am the only earning member in my family, even 6 years of work did not allow me to save any money. with my GMAT score, I guess ISB is not an option. to be precise, I have targetted Duke, UCLA and Darden. I thought of Safer Schools, but I believe that they do not give full Loans.

    Is it advisable to go ahead with this plan?
    Is ISB an Out-of-Reach for me?

    Regards,
    Som

  19. Aman says:

    Am a 29 yr old engineer with 7+ yrs exp and a IIM – Cal diploma via VSAT and I left job after 5+ yrs exp in technology domain ( 2 big MNC’s ) for I was not liking it all.Since last 2 yrs I did sporadic freelance training assignments in the corporate and education sector and dabbled in entrepreneurial ventures with no success( though they dint go beyond few weeks ).Due to pressing financial circumstances I have to get back to corporate but not in technical domain.Would it be a wise Idea to prepare for GMAT before I get back to full time corporate job and look at Indian 1 yr full time prog.(2/3 yrs down the line ) though the fierce competition requires a very high score and a strong profile.Work for 1-3 yrs and then apply to these schools and in the mean time earn experience and money and save as much as I can for education and rest through loans.( provided I get a good score and final admit).
    Somehow I feel a very strong emptiness that without an MBA I just don’t have scope to grow and have nothing to look forward to except an MBA which will transform things totally for good.Though I don’t have great past acad’s to boast off and neither great profile ( usual technical experience ), hence this lack of confidence whether , i’ll be able to crack a good score and eventually a college or not.Lot of frustration and confusion on where my life is heading to.Also i wish to clear my professional life doldrums before even starting to think about getting hitched.

    If not GMAT / MBA I am wanting to switch my career completely but am unsure as to which profile should I look for and how do I evaluate short/mid/long term career path/growth options in various domains and my fitment into the same.SO much of confusion is leading me nowhere and I am in a terrible mid-life crisis with no work at all.How do I evaluate my own self and my liking to have a fulfilling career and look for options in domains I have never been part / aware of.Humbly expecting a holistic guidance and options on how to take things forward.Thanks a tonne for being a lighthouse to people who are totally clueless and have no avenues to seek guidance from.

    Sincere Regards,
    Aman

  20. Ramesh says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Having read most comments posted above, I feel people have confused between a mid-life career crisis and a mid-career crisis. Both mean entirely different things and need a different approach to deal with. In a mid-life career crisis one starts questioning one’s purpose of work, how to swtich gears (often to a lower one) to get a better work-life balance, having chased dreams and been part of the rat race for over a decade, if not more. Most comments seem to relate to mid-career crisis, where they seem to have a self-doubt on their career path and how they would like to make a transition to a better paying job/career. Such people are NOT in a mid-life crisis, hence have more options (to educate themselves, dabble in another career, etc.) than would those going through a mid-life crisis. Even in the best of times, let alone the current recessionary times since 2008 or so, those above 40 years would find it very tough to make a mid-career transition to chase their true passions and dreams, and as most such people usually have a family to look after and bills to pay for, taking a break to educate themselves with a full-time MBA or any other course is just not an option.

    I have gone through both situations – a mid-career crisis in my late 20s and then a mid-life career crisis in early 40s. Trust me, the latter situation was much much tougher to deal with and as I mentioned earlier, options are limited after a certain age and in certain economic circumstances prevailing at the time. I would appreciate your views on how best one can deal with mid-life career crisis, which can help middle-aged folks like myself.

    Thanks,
    Ramesh

  21. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Gt: Sure, why not? It’s never to late to start. In fact, with 5 years experience, you’ll be a better marketing professional as you understand the underlying technology as well

    @Somejyoti: Just to keep the discussion on this blog post focussed on the topic, I’d have to request you to post your query on our forum. As you are keen on ISB, here’s the ISB discussion thread.

    @Aman: ‘Holistic guidance’ (to use your term) is hardly a practical expectation to have on a public forum, sirji. We do all that offline with our Career MAP. Here, I can only give you high level inputs. The best antidote for lack of confidence isn’t another degree. Getting a corporate job (if that’s your preference) is the best way to get back the confidence. The MBA will further alienate you from the final destination you have in mind.

    @Ramesh: Thanks for highlighting the nuances between the two. Most folks who visit this website fall in the first category. That explains why most comments/queries here are related to mid-career crisis. And it’s a little easier to address that as the parameters are basically a handful (industry/ role / country).
    In contrast, a mid-life career crisis tends to be more complex with many more (unique and personal) parameters involved. So it’ll be tough to do justice to that in a short post. Those discussions are best tackled on a 1-on-1 basis. But taking your suggestion in mind, let me think if we can focus on smaller pieces of the puzzle in the future posts.

  22. Ramesh says:

    Thanks Sameer for acknowledging my earlier post. As the link and the title of your article mentioned “mid-life career crisis” it caught my attention, as it is a far more complex situation than a “mid-career crisis”. Yes, I do agree that mid-life career crisis tends to be quite unique to each person, considering personal & professional factors, I would be grateful if you could write / share an article which addresses this situation and practicable advise to address them. I look forward to reading your articles which address niche career situations. Thanks again !

  23. Mluhach says:

    Hello Sir,
    I am a Bio-medical engineering graduate with no experience. I want to pursue MBA but confused about the specialization ?

  24. Srinivas says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I would like to write this mail as I have seen the blog today and I am very desperate at this moment. I completed my MCA and I started my career as Software Engineer. After 2.5 years I switched to another Indian Software Services company which was Hit and almost all collapsed in 2009. I have been with that company from past 9.5 years. Last 5 years doing similar kind of role without much increments. As I am working at Client Place ( chennai ) and the Operational Model is 24/7/365 I am not able to acquire much technical skills in other Areas due to different shift constraints. Right now I crossed 37. My package around 9.5 Lakhs. I don’t have any improvement in role from last 3 years. It is just technical and monitoring job. So I requested and got released from the Current account siting some other opportunities in Hyderabad to join my family. But after getting into Business Wait realised there are less or neglibile new projects. Management insisted that I should be in Project within 2 months otherwise need to leave the Company. I got shattered and little bit tensed.

    My current skills will be used only 4 to 5 companies in India. EVen for next year also the same situation may occur. I am good in Analytical and Management rather than Technical skills.

    1. MBA Premium institute ( ISB, IIMs ) I am not sure about the Age but I am willing to study.
    2. SAP BI consultant Learn for 3 to 6 months and get some position in IT back.
    3. Test Manager ( As I have some testing expereince ) I can try in this area.

    I saved funds such a way that it will support me and my family for one more Year.

    Kindly guide and kindly provide your view and help me to overcome this mid life career syndrome.

    Thanks in advance,

    Best Regards
    Srinivas

  25. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Ramesh: Point noted, buddy. Will keep in mind.

    @Mluhach: Apart from not being relevant to this topic, that’s too broad a query sirji. Can I suggest NOT jumping into an MBA at this stage? Get some experience and figure out your interests. Then the dilemma about specialisation will be easier to address.

    @Srinivas: Sorry to hear about the turn of events. I can’t give you any easy solutions here. But if you only have a year’s funding left for your family, it would be wrong to spend all that on an MBA and get into further debt. Your best bet might be to get a job and start building up your financial reserves first. Make your family feel safe and secure before you think about anything else.

  26. MAK says:

    Hi Sameer

    Though the topic is on mid-life career crisis, I hope you ll help me resolve ‘Start-life career crisis’.
    I will complete my 2-year MBA program from a good institute in India by April. I ll start my post MBA career as a Consultant with Accenture Technology Consulting (not AMC) this June. The profile is great and package is good too with 12 LPA CTC (not bad for an Indian MBA). Now the question is what next.

    I have 2 options now.

    1. Try making internal switch to Strategy Practice in Accenture Management Consulting which is very much possible 2-3 years down the line. Learn the tricks of the trade and try getting into McKinsey, BCG, Bain which would be very difficult but still I could try with AMC Strategy on my resume.
    2. Create a strong brand for myself in Technology Consulting. Then make a switch to one among McKinsey BTO, Booz Allen IT Consulting practice, IBM Global Business Services, Deloitte Technology Consulting.

    Both paths end at ‘Partner’ for the firm. Now, I am wondering is becoming a ‘Partner’ in a consulting firm the ultimate goal of my professional life. I am 25. Should I spend another 15 years of my life to reach the role of ‘Partner’ earning around $300 k – $800k depending of the firm I work with. Is that all ?
    Its great money, great role to be in, great contacts. But, Why should I restrict myself in the pond of Consulting, Partner, Technology, Accenture, McKinsey, IBM, $800,000,US, Europe, Strategy.
    Could there be something more exciting than this ?
    1. How about being the CEO of my own company after 20 years with a company worth 100 million dollars(or may be a billion dollar empire in the making).
    2. How about writing a book of my own that sells a million copies.
    3. Why not enter politics and make a change.
    4. How about becoming an evangelist of Yoga philosophy.
    5. How about creating a new business where my product is ‘Business’. Create new companies sell it off and go create next company sell it off too and next and next. Then I would be a true Management Consultant, Business Consultant and a serial Entrepreneur. All in one.

    There are not random thoughts. I believe (1 – 4) could be possible with my skills and connections. 5th point is my wish.
    Would I be foregoing all the above mentioned things by entering the structured, non-creative, highly-professional Consulting world. I have no loans to pay, no big personal responsibilities and no money as well. Would I or Should I settle with the comfortable corporate world. Would the corporate job put a full stop to my dreams.

    Infosys to Startup to MBA to Consulting everything is happening as per plan

    In life, if everything is going perfect as per the plan, then my plans are not big enough and good enough. I don’t know what to plan now. I can become the ‘Partner’ of one of the consulting firm after 15 years through the two paths I mentioned above. But, is that all? Am I missing something?
    I am completely free till I finish my course and join Accenture in June. I started reading more philosophy books and trying to explore the meaning of life. What should I do. How should I do. When should I do. Perhaps, I should sit and design my life in a better way. Please help bring some clarity to this confused mind

  27. Swathi says:

    Hi Sameer,

    This is Swathi. I feel I am lucky to go through your website and this blog. You are exactly the person whom I am searching for. Kindly advice me.

    To start with, I am a science student did three years bachelors degree in science with specialization subjects as maths, physics and chemistry. As I came from rural back ground and my parents are not educated, I didn’t get proper career guidance till that time. One day I happened to read a book in our college library which has explained what is CAT and how it leads to a promising career. That is when a burning desire to become a management professional started in me.

    As I said it is a remote town, I couldn’t get coaching for CAT. As nothing else I can do, I appeared for state level(Andhra pradesh) entrance exam for MBA/MCA in which I secured a rank 515 (1,40,000 people have appeared for the test).That rank helped me to get admitted into a top college in our state for doing MBA and I opted finance and marketing as my specializations.It is a course designed traditionally with out any test cases. But that degree has fetched a job for me as a financial management trainee in a reputed public limited company.There I worked for two years.

    After looking at the careers of my super seniors, who are in the same organization, I understood that the journey in that organization is like a passenger train. So I shifted my career to SAP FICO and now working as a software engineer at IBM from two years. Now at the age of 26, I am married with a settled life and good salary of 5.5 lakhs per anum.

    The reason for writing here is, my burning desire is not letting me to sleep saying that there is so much to go in your career. I am sure I can not become a CEO in my life time if proceed with my current career. As I got 4.5 years of work experience I feel that, this is the right age and time to look out for an international m.b.a.

    What I need is, a right person who can explain the ground reality and assess the possibility for getting admitted into overseas b.schools with my profile. Can you help me out in this regard Sameer? I am confident that I can score 650 – 700 gmat score. But I don’t have big career achievements to show, except the appreciation mails I get from clients and my superiors at work. Please please help me out in assessing my true potentiality.

    Warm regards,
    Swathi.

  28. Rahul(name changed) says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am 26 yrs old.I have done my IT engineering in 2008.I have 4 yrs of work experience with an MNC.I joined an Tier 2 MBA college.The problem is since Finance market is down right now.I am confused whether should I opt for Finance or Marketing as specialization.I am worried if I opt for finance what if I dont get a job after 2 years?I also feel that I should not have left my previous job.Instead I should have switched my job.I am emotionally upset.Since the current market scenario is such that I am worried if I would get atleast what I was earning before after 2 years.And If I choose Marketing I feel that I dont have that selling skills which is required.I am confused between the two options which one to chose.

  29. Yash says:

    Hi Sameer

    M yash from mumbai age 33 currently working with Manufacturing firm as Asst Mngr ( International Sales)

    Basiically i m into export feild since last 8-9 years and still not happy with what i am. Since my dad was in Export field i opted this line after my graduation looking into his success story. But at this point i feel am i into the right job or career path. Can you guide me if i can change the career path and opt something like Domestic marketing or any other field .

    I have done my graduation and also did my part time masters in marketing managment

    thanks

  30. sunil says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I follow your online posts on MBA. I find them very useful. Thanks a lot for your inputs. Please provide your opinion on my analysis of my career so far, my future goals and the MBA option.
    I graduated in 2005 in electrical and electronic engineering with a consistent above 75% percentage in all semesters and overall 79.2%.
    GMAT – 2nd attempt 740 (Q 50, V 41) IR- 3/8, 3rd Attempt 730 (Q 49, V 40) IR- 7/8
    COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, Programmer Analyst — 1.5 years (2005 – 2007).
    Had the opportunity of transferring two modules of a newly acquired project dealing directly with client SMEs of a healthcare client, Pacific Health Services. I was the owner of these two modules during my stay.
    PAVANI GANGA, designation COO — 3 years.
    I studied the behavioral aspects of delivery teams and based on it introduced an incentive scheme based on customer acquisition and customer retention. This helped double customer base in 1 year.
    I partnered with my delivery teams to transfer the financial risk associated with distribution, as the business climate soared pushing margins to the rock bottom. This decision stabilized our business but the government inaction on policy front offored little scope for further expansion. So I left Pavani Ganga to my father and joined Vizag Steel in a managerial position.
    VIZAG STEEL, A Government of India Undertaking (PSU), awarded Navratna. designation– Junior Manager. 2010 jan – till date (3 years)
    As a project Manager
    Commissioned an overhead crane worth $600,000. I lead 3 teams representing ABB, Radha Engineering and Vizag steel, a total of 15 members. In spite of unexpected delays in supply logistics and issues in execution, I completed the project under non-negotiable deadlines.
    As an Internal consultant.
    Studied the condition of a fleet of 31 locomotives. In spite of issues with the archived data on the equipment, I pooled data from various sources. Devised criteria for evaluating the condition. Classified the locomotives based on useful life left and gave my recommendations for overhauling 5 locomotives at the cost of $1.2 million. My recommendations are implemented resulting in a 25% increase in the productive life of logistics equipment.
    Worked with consultants from General Electric and Dastur & Co. Identified the drawbacks in the design of advanced equipment supplied by General Electric. Proposed changes and perused the issue with senior management to implement them. This helped customize the GE equipment to the specific needs of Vizag Steel logistics.
    I will be promoted as Assistant Manager in 4 months.
    Extra-Curricular
    President of Eelectrical Engineering Students Association during college. Organized many cultural activities and industry visits.
    Lead a team of 6 on an election campaign educating people on the need to vote in right candidates.
    Collected funds for victims during 2009 floods. I mobilized people, prepared the campaign material, collected and deposited the money to PM relief fund.
    Provided low cost housing to employees of Pavani Ganga, to best align our social responsibility with needs of business.
    Won few prizes in dance and extempore competition at inter-college level.
    Won best performer award for the year 2011 in logistics department.
    Won conest for managers on the topic “innovation across value chain a mantra for growth”

    So far, I have been very satisfied with my career. I had the opportunity to experiment in Entrepreneurship which tested my ability to get to the bottom of cross-functional business problems. I had many challenging experiences in Vizag Steel. All of them challenged my abilities, tested my EQ and brought the best out of me. However, given that Vizag Steel is a government firm the vertical mobility is time bound apart from many extraneous considerations and the horizontal mobility across functions is almost nil for the next 15 years. Moreover after the expansion projects are all commissioned and stabilized, the learning curve will straighten. Having had the privilege of working in roles only 15-years experienced people get in Vizag Steel, I want to take up more challenging and rewarding roles in general management. Preferably higher management roles which provide cross-functional experiences in World Class MNCs. I am open to the industry. Also, if I get an opportunity, I want to work in Consulting for a few years before taking up leadership roles at senior management level. I read the book The McKinsey Way. The variety of experiences Consulting industry has to offer fascinates me.
    My assessment. A two year MBA from abroad will give the leeway to have an internship and helps with final placement. Indian MBA is good but I want add international exposure and work-experience to my Resume which makes an international MBA preferable. However, I have constraints on finances. I cannot pool up more than USD 20,000 by sep 2014 due to other financial commitments and investments. So I am looking for substantial scholarships and aids.

    Would you please give your take on what suits me best at this crucial juncture.

  31. Sameer Kamat says:

    Wow! The posts are increasing in number as well as in length. And we are also having some challenges sticking to the scope of this article.

    While some of them have nothing to do with a ‘crisis’ at all, other problems are complex enough to deserve lengthy one-on-one discussions.

    Think about it. If you haven’t been able to solve them over many months or years, it would be wrong to assume that someone else can provide quick and easy solutions on a public site. That would only end up giving you a temporary sense of comfort.

    I also don’t want to give the perception that I have answers to ALL the problems you are facing. I don’t.

    If you have MBA related queries, please post them on our MBA forum.

    If you have very short, specific queries (& directly relevant to this post), please post them on our free career counselling thread.

    For other complex problems, I’d suggest considering setting up an individual counselling session with us (i.e. Career MAP).

    Our main focus is MBA consulting, so we’ll take up other counselling requests only on a case-by-case basis. Alternatively approach someone within your office / social circle who might be able to analyse your situation and provide objective perspectives.

  32. Nagesh says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Just wondering whether you have some advice for me. I recently passed out from a top 30 MBA school but couldn’t get the job i wanted. Now I’m back in India and thinking about pursuing another course. Is there any course besides the Phd that I could pursue? If so, which are the best colleges to do it from?

  33. anon says:

    hi Sameer
    I am looking for some career advice, do let me know how to contact you. Its a unique case.

    Thanks
    Anon

  34. DSatya says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am working in the Data warehousing / Business Intelligence space for the last 10 years and spent 5 years in foreign locations (US , AUS) . I did my Bachelors in Engineering (non-IT) and Masters in Technology (IT) from a premier Engineering college in India ( non-IIT though ). My educational achievements were mediocre although I am quite successful in my work. I like IT. Its very similar to Maths. I don’t want to change my area of work.

    Right now I am in Australia working for a Australian company here for the last 2 years. I am planning to apply for citizenship here, which will take another 3 years max, and then move to India as the career opportunities in australia are not that great ( when compared to India ). So that means I am planning to go back to India with total 13 years of hardcore technical experience.

    I am confused about my career goals. I have mostly worked in IT development and not in any kind of management role. And right now I am extremely interested in the Analytics area (which is very much Statistics based and I have some inclinations towards that also). But at the same time I am concerned that if I don’t move into management I will be too old for technology soon ( I am 35 now ). So I am torned between Analytics and some form of Executive MBA.

    By nature I think I will be more suitable for technology/R&D roles than Mnagement roles. Again I think that it also depends upon practice and experience. So why can’t I be an excellent manager ? I have enough money to spend on an Executive MBA.

    Do you think it would be a good idea for a person like me to go for an Executive MBA from a good Indian B School ? Appreciate your response.

    Best Regards,

  35. Santosh says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am working with Punj Lloyd group for the last one & half year on site job.I did my Bachelors in Engineering in POWER from NPTI(NAtional Power training Institute).

    I don’t enjoy working on site and always dream for white caller job.Just now i got seat in Power Management in NPTI, Faridabad.But i am still confused whether i should do MBA or continue job after seeing the current status of power market.

    I want to relocate my self in metro city.I always hate to work on site.After completing my graduation i got placed in big group to start my career bt still not happy with life as it is going and getting frustrated.

    I am hoping your advise would help me get perspective and direction towards building a future.

    Regards

  36. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Sameer

    Your blog is really informative. However being new for MBA prep, I would request if you can help me based upon following info of mine:

    1. B. Tech, Mechanical engg (IIT Delhi) with poor GPA of 5.9/10. 2005 Passout.
    2. 10th Standard-80%
    3. 12th Standard-82%
    4. Total work ex is around 7 years mostly in e-governance/strategy/supply chain

    I want to do MBA primarily for domain change, vertical growth and salary jump. I am 30 and already married.

    I am interested in 1year full time MBA of any IIM/Top 10 College.However my primary concern is huge MBA fee. Is it possible for me to get any scholarship so that I can finance at least 75% of the cost? I am not from a well to do family and have large number of dependents and so would not be interested in taking a huge loan. For this reason I have not even started preparing for GMAT yet.

    Also a matter of concern for me is my low GPA…would it be a big hurdle? What is the weightage given to GPA in 1 year full time programs?

    Thanks and Regards

  37. Chhavi says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am a B.Tech 2003 passout in E&C . I have worked in IT companies like Tech Mahindra, Capgemini and currently working in Royal Bank of Scotland from almost 4 years in SDLC. The problem I am facing is that there is no growth opportunity and the kind of work I have gives no learning opportunity. I want to quit job and pursue MBA which will help me getting to senior management positions .
    Please advise .

  38. Jatin says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have done my Btech in ECE from a mediocre engg. college but have been working for TCS for last 3 years in Datawarehousing and Analysis(development).
    Due to financial constraints I cannot afford to leave my current job and rush for a premier b school. Hence I have opted for a distance mode MBA from SMU. I am planning for a dual specialization. One of them is definitely Systems Management. Please suggest me the other which would boost my career in this field .
    The options are: Finance/Marketing/ Operations/HR.
    My current domain is BI on UK telecom business database.

    My future goal is to gradually shift to part-time academics/research along with corporate consultancy in BI and Data analysis in my current organization.

    Thanks in advance.

  39. Asmita says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am looking for your career advice to decide on doing MBA from international B School. Just to give you a brief background, I have done BE in Computer Science with flying colors and I have 8 years of experience. I have been working with same MNC software company since completing my graduation. I have been working in technical field but recently I have started feeling that I am not enjoying this work and I would need to work in consultancy/strategy. Now I am planning for doing international MBA from Canada/US. My financial background is good.

    Can you please suggest, if I should go for this MBA? Will it help me to get different job profile though it is related to IT? How much is the possibility of getting a good job and work permit.

    Thanks in advance.

  40. Gargi Jain says:

    Hi Sameer,
    First of all, I appreciated and liked reading your blog. I am BE (Computers), MBA (Finance) from an average business school. I have been working for almost 8 years in Research & Business Consulting. I have worked across sectors like Real Estate, Agriculture, Tourism, etc. I want to opt for a career counselling session with you. Do let me know how to proceed further.

    Regards
    Gargi

  41. Abhi says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have done PG Diploma in Business & Administration in Marketing and passed out in 1999. Since 2001, I have been working in a Trade Association/ Chamber where i joined at Management Trainee. I have got 3 promotions till now and dont have any problem in office. But i feel that this job is not going to help me in my future, rather i dont want to do this job any more. I have been trying to find out a new job in exports/ international marketing but have not been able to find one as i think my current job profile does not have any match except in similar kind of organisations.

    Pl. advise how to proceed as i am very ambitious and just dont want to continue here as i would retire in a very peacful manner but without any personal or professional growth. This job is not et al pressing.

    Regards,
    Abhi

  42. Sameer Kamat says:

    Hmmm, seems like the comment posting continues unabated. So I’ll gently nudge you to please read my last comment.

    PLEASE DO NOT POST NEW COMMENTS HERE

  43. sonal says:

    i have done B.tech in cse but i did not get campus placement ….and now i am selected in sicsr for mba (IT) …….so i am in a state of dilemma whether to take this college or not….what if i don get placement here too after the completion of program…. and its too expensive above all….please help me …if i should try for a job or go for mba…..

  44. Digvijay Sharma says:

    Hello Sameer,
    I’m working in a reputed Pharmaceutical company as an Area Business Manager. I completed my graduation in biochemistry in 2004. Then joined in pharmaceutical industry and also carry on my studies in management,done PGDBA(finance) from symbiosis in a distance mode. But now i think to make some change in my career upliftment and join in another sector after having an eight years of experience in sales & marketing in pharma sector.
    I shall feel contentment with your response mail on this.
    Thanks & regards.
    Digvijay.

  45. prafull says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Greeting for the day.

    I am pursuing my MBA degree and now I am in final sem my specialization is HR and IT. I have done my graduation in computer science. I am looking for my career but I am confuse for which field I have to apply HR or Software. I have intrest in software and I feel I am enough good for that. I am also enough good in HR. I want to settle in abroad so which field help me to reach this goal as soon as possible.

    Another thing is I have comleted my graduation in 2009 then I tried for MCA for that I took one year gap and I got seleted in one college in pune through MCA-CET but due to finacial condition I coun’t get admission over there and because of this I lost my another year then in 2011 I took addmission in MBA through MBA-CET. Now the problem is that whenever I face the interview HR managers or Employer ask me what did you do in that 2 years. I explain as mentioned but still they not get satisfy. I feel that this is the problem of career so please I request you to sugest somthing for this.

    Thanks and Regards

    Prafull Bhoyar

  46. anant patel says:

    Hi,Sameer

    Sir,my qualification is B.E(E&Tc) and 2.5 years experience in telecom industry during this period to change job 2 times but here telecom market is very down and no growth at at that time i got 1 new job for digital electronics security system as a project coordinator as well as administration but here project coordinator work is very less as compared to admin.
    so suitable to this my profile and growth in future to any company and i was leave telecom job so again opportunities at same company.
    but telecom company provided salary not right time and not growth.

    so i confused which job select please suggestion to me.

  47. Subhajit Chandra says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am 7yrs experienced graphics web designer, age 34, efficiency mid level…. I am also going through mid career crisis. My last 2 job has gone for the company closer. otherwise I am a good performer in this industry. done Computer multimedia diploma and web designing. I had a huge expectation from this profession. but after reaching here looking that 3 lakhs is the much good salaries in this industry. if any one’s salary raise more than 3 lakhs the company liked to suck them, and giving chance to new one. Reason the creativity level is more or less same in every senior professional. in 7 senior member team who can be team leader, surely just 1, so what will be for others? ether they has to work in the same salary or they need to go out.
    This is the main thing where I got stuck, many graphics web designers are working in same salary for 10 years….. many I know ending his job on 25k and again joining in 15k and start to raise…. but the expertise level is the same, skills update level is the same or some changes his profession. and Me also getting stuck in this 25k. in 7 years 25k is very poor graph as per the career advancement.

    so could you please show me the way.

    I liked to change my stream to management line. started MBA. that is now incomplete now… need more 2 years to complete. but in between my job has gone, I am not getting job in better salary. If I got then also I cannot accept my present career for life long. should I join some BPO? by which I can grab right career path?

    look, where my sisters, my relatives are working in USA, UK, with handsome salaries. In INDIA one of my relatives getting 80k in 3yr of experience in BPO. My aim also not just the 25k to 30k job for life long. May be I had chosen wrong career path but I want to make it correct. & I believe May some struggle can come, I can face it, But need some good career prospect.

    please show me way. I am waiting for it.

  48. raj (alias) says:

    Hi sameer sir,
    I am a may 2013 pass out from nit trichi. I did my btech in electronics engineering. I was an above average student during my school life.I ranked 3rd in my school after my boards.Also received a scholarship for achieving excellence in boards.Took active participation in sports, elocution and debates.

    But my college life turned out to be completely opposite.I couldnt inculcate any interest in my branch and as a result passed out of college with a cgpa of 5.5 and no placement.Though sports did play a major role in my college life.

    sir at this point of my life im completely confused which direction should i be heading in and thats the reason why i have lost focus.

    First of all i just want to ask you if a low cgpa of 5.5 implies that my career is over even before it began?

    secondly, i cant make up my mind if i should job hunt or prepare for mba since i just have about 5 months to prepare.

    About a month back i made up my mind for MBA. Since i have no interest in electronics i dont want to do a technical job.And i realize that mba can give me a fresh start.Considering my low cgpa the only good colleges i can apply to with out job experience are symbiosis, narsee munjee and mica.

    But now that my college is finished im back at the same position.sir i despirately need your advice on this.

    If i could get in touch with you on phone that would be of great help.sir i just feel if i keep on going at this pace with no guidance i will end up wasting a year.

  49. Abhishek says:

    Sir

    -I am a 2010 engineering passout(IIT Roorkee).2010-2012 i have prepared for Civil Services.didnt go through.After that I did 6 months job in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. but left that also as i didnt like the profile.
    Now I am working as a Lecturer in a private college so tht i can continue my studies and mean while get this work-ex also.I have following doubts:-
    1. Does Teaching count as Work Ex for MBA univ India and Abroad
    2. I m planning for Executive MBA so this Teaching work experience will be counted

    PS- I am 26 yrs old now

  50. Anand Pandit says:

    Hello Sir myself Anand. I am a good vocal singer, mimicry artist, a good actor, writer and orator. I got all the above talents but i am unable to decide which to take as career and which to continue as hobby. I think all multi talented persons face this type of problem. And another confusion is i have well settled family business. My grand father started stone industry in 1975. And now my father is looking after that business since 30 years. Now my father is 62 years of old and i am the only son from whom they are expecting to continue the business. Actually i dont have interest in family business but even though i told him that i will try to create interest in business but the problem is there is no scope for my talents in that village where our business is situated… Please help me to come out of this confusion. I did B.com in 2009 and since then i am doing nothing due to this career confusion… Please help me sir.

  51. Sameer Kakade says:

    hello sir
    i have completed my PG in computer science. now i m working as a lecturer MIT College Pune.
    my package is 3 lakh per annum. its not suffiecient for me because i m living in joint family. now i want to move in corporate field so plz give me ur valuable guidance.

  52. Deepankar says:

    Hi sameer

    i am working as a software professional in MNC for past 2.5 yrs. I would like to pursue MS in CS from NUS.
    Can you let me know is it good for career growth.

  53. Nikhil says:

    I was working as a software developer in a private firm.I was terminated from the job after completing 1 year for my nonperformance.I am jobless for 1.5 years since then.
    I don’t know whether software is right field for me.
    I did career counselling and they told me about digital marketing.
    I am not sure whether to continue in Software field or to do digital marketing.
    Is digital marketing career very stressful and do you have to be online for 24 hours.
    I am very confused.
    Please help it’s urgent

  54. shree says:

    Dear Sir,

    Greeting for the Day!!!!!!!!!!!1

    I had completed my Bsc(IT) in 2012 and having One year experience in sales and marketing.I want to do MBA in marketing from UBS mumbai which is of 15 Months duration.Will it affect for my career compare to regular 2 year course.
    Please help it out

  55. Sameer says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I stumbled upon your site while looking for GMAT material , by looking at your post and replies to each question couldn’t stop myself from acknowledging your efforts and willingness to share knowledge. I am also in dilemma over doing MBA , I have 14 years of IT /software engineering experience and I am currently at mid-level managerial position. I am not sure whether I should opt for 1 year full time MBA at this point in my career , I am looking forward to move from software service to software product management hierarchy. Do you think MBA degree will be beneficial in this case and is it worth to do 1 year full time MBA from good school at this time.

    Thanks
    Sameer.

  56. VEER MUDALIAR says:

    Dear sir,
    I completed my B.E( electrical & electrnic stream )in 2013.sir i currently finding job & after getting job i also like to take a coaching for cat 2014,because i like to take admission in npti faridabad for mba in power management.please suggest me this is the right decision or not.or suggest me some other way to enhance my carrier.

  57. KIRUTHIKA says:

    Dear Sameer,
    Hi I did my graduation B.E(ECE) in 2012 with a good score in all of my academic year. Now i am working in a top MNC company of tata consultancy services(TCS) . I have one year of working experience with a package of 3.5 lakh per annum. now i would like pursue my MBA career. i have hardly attended any professional exams like CAT till yet. please give me a suggestion, can i pursue MBA with the work experience or i have to undertake exams like CAT compulsory?

  58. ashwani tyagi says:

    Dear sir
    I m compltd my graduation just frm institute of mgu university.I m wrkng at markiting or retail sectr
    Bt my intrstd in retail sectr bcese in this fld more oprtunity to grrwng up.bt I m wrkng prsn so I cnfusd to mba in retail this is good for my carrir..plz sir solve my prblm mgu university is good for mba pass..this is recognized university or not…im confusd for that..thisvis good or not…or othr institute to gve crtfct or othr university to make my carier bast…

    Plz sir solve my problm..

  59. Baba Tony says:

    Hiii Sameer,

    I am Lotus notes developer, having 5.5 years of experience in one company only. My package is (4.8, I know its very less :( ) Now I am planning to switch my job , I have started searching in my field but not getting good opportunity coz LN market is not that good, getting only contract to hire job but I am not interested in contract to hire job therefore I am thinking to switch my technology .I am interested in testing , infect with development I have done testing also, Now a days I am learning testing by myself. I have given 2 testing interview but that was not that good. I am totally confused what to do now means if I search job in testing as a fresher then there will be no value of my 5.5 years of experience . So please suggest what should I do now. But one thing is confirm that I love testing instead of development I want to go in testing and for this package does not matter for me, I can go with same package also.
    So please suggest.
    Thanks in advance

  60. Chittu says:

    Hi..

    I am 29yr year old industrial engineer….
    I passed out in 2005.
    I got married in 2007 and after that had a break in career for 4years
    and now have got a job in a manufacturing setup….
    But now i want to change my career…as i am not able to give time to my family and i feel like i have lost the technical skills required to be compitent enough in this field…
    Meanwhile have got job as teacher in Symbiosis International School.
    I am thinking to take up this job, but is it right for me to change my career now??
    I am also persuing my Mba in Operations ….really confused wat to do…..
    Please let me know….

  61. Sameer Kamat says:

    Another gentle request, again in ALL CAPS.

    PLEASE DO NOT POST FURTHER QUERIES HERE.

  62. sheethal says:

    Hi,

    I am Sheethal.. passed out in 2012 BE( computer science ).. and due to recession i couldnt get any well paid job.. and due to less salary and lack of interest in the job… i quit my job in an mnc within 2 months of joining… and headed towards doing an mba… and also done with 2 months of coaching now.. i want to get into media or consulting job.. so which stream of mba would help me… pls do let me know the stream.. i should take up and best institute which offers in india.. as m from middle class family and cant afford… to goto states…

    Thank You…

  63. KIRAN says:

    HI,
    My name is kiran kumar i have done a MBA in marketing n hr i am having more then two years of experience in marketing (hyderabad) i was taken it because we are th first batch who face Recession. so with out waiting my time i was joined the marketing company and now i wana change my stream even im interested in HR, finance,BPO,KPO kind of job.because thats my dream to INTER into a MNC but in interview every time i face the same question that why i want to change my stream ???? so i am always rejected in final interview….so please any one guide me what i need to do??????????????

  64. karan says:

    hie,

    I am mechanical engineer 2013 passout. i m not getting job as there are no jobs in market. Also i m not interested in making my career in technical (mechanical). I m interested in finance but i dont have any knowledge about finance. I am also panning to do mba . should i do mba without work experience as there is no other alternative.i am very confused. I dont know what should i do…please help me sir

  65. dipak khushalani says:

    hello sir,
    my self dipak khushalani, fresh b.tech pass out in electronics and communication branch march 2013. Due to recession there was very less job opportunities at campus and all the jobs available was from IT field. I m not at all interested in software so in spite of having good score i didn’t appear in any campus interview. when i was doing my engineering i had started teaching 11-12 science students physics and maths in a well-known institute due to financial crisis. And that institute offered me 5.5 lacs package and asked me to join their institute full time.
    Right now I am doing this teaching job since last 5 month. But i think that i can do better in short i don’t want to teach whole my life.
    some times i think of doing MBA some time i think about m.tech…some times i think to prepare for upsc. in short i m totally confused about my career. due to financial crisis in my family i can not left the job and join study again .i have to continue this job for at least 2 more years for sufficient money.
    but i want to utilize this two valuable years in preparing for any of the field..plz advice me……..!!!!!!

  66. Shrikant says:

    Hi Sameer

    Your replies to a variety of questions above really seem satisfying so hearty congratulations. My story is as follows; please bear with me as it is going to be a very long one and please spare some time with a bit of extra attention, I would be really grateful.

    I am a 30-year-old Hindi-medium graduate (B.A. completed as an ex-student in 2004 from Rajasthan, as i am basically from Rajasthan). I had always been very good in academics with special love for English, which is why I think i have a better command over English language than most Hindi or even some English-medium students. But after I completed my schooling and was ready to go to an engineering college (I had science stream in 12th class 1999), I had to go through a really rude and tough phase of almost one year on the personal and social front and ended up not being able to join an engineering college. Atop, my social scenario was such that I had to drop further studies and take up a job.

    Then, I got to know about a new field coming up in the ITES called “Medical Transcription”, which did not require one to have a graduate degree, it just required above-average command over English, good grasping power and concentration and an entrance test, and offered a good money. I got fascinated and took the course “Advanced Diploma in Medical Transcription” from IIMT Jodhpur, completed that successfully and got a job just after 8 months of the course. I started off with Rs. 2500 as a salary (stipend) per month in 2001 in Jodhpur Rajasthan. After 1 year, I went to Delhi and joined a company there. I performed well there and by 2004 my salary was up to 20K. After working there for more than 3 years, I came down to Ahmedabad in 2006 and joined a company here as a Quality Analyst/Editor (the reason being Ahmedabad was closer to my native place and i had some relatives here). Since then, I have been in Ahmedabad only, i.e., settled down here. My salary went up to 25K and then 30K in next 3 years. Of note, i was happy with the money i was earning as it good me a good lifestyle.

    BUT NOW, SINCE THE LAST 3-4 YEARS, my field’s trend has changed and there is no gradual or yearly rise, instead it has acquired a work-more-earn-more pattern. Though it has an earning potential as high as 50K or even higher for real hardworkers even now, but has a sense of insecurity because of the developments in the field over the years (machine has overpowered man) and afterall this field falls under the list of outsourcing jobs. Moreover, it does not give one a stable salary. Salary one earns is not the same every month.

    I might earn 40K a month but next month it could be 30 or even 25K or less if i would not be able to work that much for any given reason.

    ON THE PERSONAL FRONT, I fell in love with a girl 7 years back ;-), which got stronger and stronger over the years and after so many up and downs and not being able to convince her parents for a marriage, at last god had mercy on me and sprinkled a lot of luck on me and now finally I am a happily married man for the last almost a year and will be going to be a father soon too ;-)

    I got my own home and car now (of course, with a huge huge loan, which eats up 70% of my salary every month) but my wife has a good Govt job, which gives me a good support.

    BUT NOW FOR THE LAST 5-6 MONTHS, I AM SUFFERING FROM A TOTAL FINANCIAL ANXIETY, INSECURITY AND UNREST AS A VERY BIG RESPONSIBILITY (MY CHILD) IS ON THE WAY…….I JUST WANT TO CHANGE MY CAREER AND ENTER INTO A MORE STABLE AND FINANCIAL REWARDING CAREER.

    I always wanted and could sure get a good govt job if i had applied for any in time but now i am above-age, so it would be all in vain to get teary in that direction. I DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW WHICH FIELD I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN OR WHICH FIELD WOULD ENSURE A GOOD STABLE INCOME IMMEDIATELY. My interest fields are MEDIA, publishing, advertising, mass communication, writing/editing or stuff like that, etc., or something in which i can use my experience as an editor quality analyst, BUT I AM NOT REALLY SURE….moreover, WHY I WANT TO CHANGE FIELD IS MONEY AND SECURITY THAN ANYTHING ELSE….

    I hope you did not get annoyed by this long long post, but I think i really needed to tell everything in detail.

    NOW, AS YOU KNOW ALMOST EVERYTHING, PLEASE PLEASE GUIDE ME WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING.

    I WOULD BE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFETIME.

    Thanks in anticipation and waiting desperately,

    Sincerely,

    Shrikant

  67. Himanshu says:

    Hi sameer, I just joined an it company as an application developer ,but I am not so much interesting in coding
    and I don’t think in future I will be a hardcoder, I always want to do an mba, I like to chat and interact with people of any field, I want a position where I interact with other people and create strategies and all.I am interesting in advertising,communication and hr management.please suggest me what should I do.go for mba or learn the current technology and then switch.I am from a middle class family.

  68. Jagmeet says:

    Hi Sameer, I have done B-tech in electronics and comm. from PEC chandigarh and then have worked in Infosys for 1.5 years and then I have resigned in Jan 2013 due to some family problems as my dad is chronic patient and we had some property issues then in Jan and I was only one to take care of it. Then in Jun when that issue was over I got busy in construction of a small commercial complex on our land and now I am confused that what to do next in my life. Now I have thought of doing MBA(finance) to get a fresh start but I am too late for this year CAT. Now I am thinking of giving CAT next year and meanwhile along with CAT preparation I can also prepare for CFA and also can construct showroom on another land of ours. So,
    1) Is it possible to give CAT next year with total Gap of 2 to 2.25 years (If we count till April 2015)
    2)Do we have such colleges that will entertain me with such gap and then what about post MBA placement?)

  69. Sameer says:

    Hi Sameer,
    i have passed my Engg in 2007 from ECE and having a 5 years of experience in Telecommunication field,Bur i do not feel comfortable in this field with respect to the future growth and the saturation in this field,normally in telecom jobs will be on contract basis.I have a dream of doing masters in abroad since long,so I am thinking to go for it now and apply to Australia,I already took IELTS and got 7 bands.I am confused with MS or MBA,will MBA over my Engg(ECE) will be a good choice?if yes then which specialization.
    Kindly help me out with your valuable suggestion.
    Thanks

  70. Disha says:

    Hi Sameer
    I am a software developer in a well known MNC in India since 2011
    I have completed my Be in ECE and right now i am working as ajava developer.
    But i dont find this job intresting at all, though i am gud at work and my seniors appreciate the same m also rewarded with awrads and good ratings
    but the problem is i dnt find this job intresting plus it is too hectic for me.
    I want to do MBA but i hardly find time to prepare for CAT/SNAP
    So can i switch my job profile by pursuing some short duration courses without leaving the job
    And then get ajob in a different profile with better salary
    My current package is 4.2 n iam expecting 6 to 7 in my next job
    Can u plz suggest
    M too lost.

  71. rahul says:

    Hi Samir,

    Bit confused about my career after almost 10 years of work exp. Started working from a fast food chain, currently working as retail store manger in one of the leading retail chain in India.
    Current CTC is 10+ lac /annul.
    Highest education was BA with correspondence due to financial issues started working after completing my education.

    In mid of my career I am looking for career change, which seems to impossible as no proper education and technical skills. Life is always on toes , no personal life—- sales and profitability is always on head and you have to think of it every time , while you are on leave / week offs or sleeping, generally day start at 9.00 am and ends at 11.00pm in night.

    Always a fear is their of loosing job…..and finding a new not possible at this current time. Organization are preferring low cost people, as they also know its general Management and any body can manage it.

    Pls suggest what should be next move.

  72. KATAYA says:

    I am a qualified Marketer and Chemical Engineering Technologist with over 8years experience in the petroleum Industry. I have worked in process plant operations, production planning, supply planning,inventory management, quality & compliance. During my working years i also studied marketing under the Chartered Institute of Marketing and went out to complete the Professional Postgraduate Diploma.
    Now when i got married , i quit my job to join my husband in a different town. After about 2years without, i found a job in an Advertising firm where i started practicing my Marketing skills
    I have now worked there for almost 2 years and cant seem to settle in the Industry, am now at a point where i want to go back to petroleum. Please advise if i should go for an MBA first or look for a job though my concern is looking at my age (36) and also my experience i really don” want to be in a junior job. Will the fact that i have been away for that affect my getting a good job, even middle management level?

  73. Khush says:

    Hello sir,

    I am an electrical engineer with 22 months experience in an automobile industry. I was working on quality projects involving Maruti and Honda, but left my job a year back because of the constant battle in my head regarding the field i want to be in(mainly because i always wanted to be associated with theatre and media). My area of concern is that engineering is one field i never wanted to be in(maths being the subject i’v always hated) but because of parental pressure, i had to get into this sector. I left my job(because i could not relate to it felt choked there) with the thought that i would prepare for CAT, get into a decent college and change my sector. but while preparing for CAT, i could not focus on my prep because of the fear of maths which i have always had. Now, when i am so close to CAT, i dont feel like taking it, I dont want to shatter my parents expectations and i know i wont be happy in this sector too. At the age of 25, i think being in a dicey stage would do no good,(being from a middle class family) i feel helpless as to which sector should i choose so that i can secure my future.
    Please Help………

  74. Manoj P P says:

    Presently Iam working in the sales of Indian office of an European steel manufacturer.I wsanted to do MBA specializing in International Business Management. One of my colleague is emphasizing to go for operations and project management.

    Can you please help to opt the best. I completed my graduation in Bachelor of Business Management.

    Kindly help me.

  75. abhishek says:

    hello sir,

    I took a two year break after my 12th to prepare for IITs:(
    How can i describe it in my CV or B-school Admission forms without jeopardizing my chances.
    I think this break has done me lot of harms and no good
    Is there a way i can reflect this break positively?

  76. Prashant Paradhi says:

    Hello sir,
    I am 23 years old now..completed my bcom in 2011 from vivek college [mumbai university] after that working in CA Firm as accounts & audit assistant Since past 2 years..my financial background is poor..but now I m appearing CMAT MBA entrance exam .. Can I go for an full time MBA IN FINANCE.. ?? Is it ca firm exp will helpful me in mba???? Am I taking right decision or not..??? Help me… Plzz..

  77. sathya says:

    Hi sameer,
    I am an architect , with 4 years of working experience. I worked for an architecture MNC for the first one and a half years after graduating and later joined a developer as I was interested in not just the creative part but also the management part of it and wanted to understand whether what I perceived was the actual realty and as it goes yes I have started liking the work, but as my portfolio limits me I am unable to take a complete shift to the management side .

    Being an architect I have been freelancing for the last 3 years alongside with working and completed around a dozen projects successfully . Around 6 months back I understood that I was prepared to take up larger assignments independently and registered my firm.

    At this juncture I am in a state of turmoil. I get leads but turning them into projects is the bigger part. It here that I understand that my profession demands more than what my professional degree offers if I have to fit into the bracket of a successful entrepreneur. I am not sure if I should do an MBA programs which might be helpful in filing in the voids to take my business to the next level or should I try stabilizing it first which i sense would take at least a time of 2 years . Kindly help.

  78. sona says:

    hi sameer,
    I’m 24 and got master’s degree in computer applications in the year 2011, because of some personal problems i have opted teaching career and now i have 1 year of experience in teaching but i am not happy with that i want to change my career i.e., coming back to software profession but i feel lack in confidence because i have no experience in the concern profession, and please can you tell me which stream would be easy to get an IT job..

  79. Kranti says:

    HI sameer,

    I am kranti. I was good student upto 12th. In B.tech my marks are average and was left with 2 subjects. Recently i came to know that university is granting degree for ppl with 2 backlogs also. so i applied for it.
    I got my degree. Now i want to do a job. Plz suggest me which field would be better for me to join.Bcoz everywhere i am getting rejected bcoz of 5yrs gap in career(Did my B.Tech in 2007 ,till now i have not worked anywhere).

    Plz suggest me which area would be suitable for me. My family condition is such that i should definetely work.

  80. Varun says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am looking for a mid career change.

    I am living in Delhi and is of 37 years….10 years I taught children of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th class as a tutor. Frankly speaking I really enjoyed teaching however the fees in the area is very less (Rs 300 per month per subject). I used to teach Mathematics. Due to low fees I had to quit teaching although my goodwill in the area was very good. I then shifted to BPO industry (non voice process) in the year 2006. For the past 7.5 years I am employed here and currently serving as a Team Leader. However, I never enjoyed work here. At present I am smelling great deal of Politics here for the Assistant Manager position. I believe in hard work but now a days a lot of people are not in hard work but they are doing smart work. I just want to change to something interesting. As I have a great interest for numbers I have done BASE SAS and currently doing statistical business analyst. However I dont know where to go from here? I really want to do something big.

    Any help would be really appreciated!

    Thanks and Regards,
    Varun

  81. Varun says:

    Hi again,

    I have done MBA in finance through distance learning.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Varun

  82. aashima says:

    hello , sir i have been preparing for IAS from last 4 months , and i am placed with accenture as associate software engineer and my joining is on 4 dec , m really in a dilemma either to continue my ias prep or join the job as i am a fresher and if i don’t make it then what will i do ? and i have already deposited lumpsome coaching fees out of which only some will be refunded !

  83. SNEHLATA says:

    Sir,
    I request for your advice please on the right direction.
    I posses BE(IT) & ME(COMP. Tech&Appl.) in 1st div.After Graduation in 2007 I had joined as a Lecturer in an Engineering College & did ME (COMP. Tech&Appl.), continued to work as an Asst. Professor in the college till date.At present I am going to loose my job in the college, as the IT branch is closed due to lack of intake. Now I am confused how to change my career i.e., coming back to software profession but i feel lack in confidence because i have no experience in the concern profession, and please can you tell me which stream would be easy to get an IT job or opt to study any other Post Graduation degree like MBA/MS/Cyber Law etc.Could you please how should I progress my career further.
    With thanks & regards.

  84. alwaysconfused says:

    Hi Sameer,
    badly need some career advice as Iam very much confused. Please provide your e mail id.

  85. Arup S says:

    Dear Sameer,

    i am a big fan of your site. I am following your site from last 6 months continuously.

    I am in a confusion.

    I am a 8 years experience Software Developer (.Net, C#, Oracle, Sql Server, JavaScript etc.).
    in IT industry.

    Currently i am in CMMI level V company in Kolkata location from last two years.
    My designation is Associate IT Consultant.

    But In My current company, from last two year i am working on old version of microsoft(Asp.Net 2.0) where
    in the market there are new versions came like 3.0, 3.5,4.0,4.5….

    So i am lacking the current market trend.

    Also i have been feeling from last three years that i am not comfortable in Dot net. I am interested in management. For this reason i have given MAT and joined PGDBM course in IISWBM kolkata.
    Could you please help me …To become a Sr. management role. How would go further..

    I am not in hurry.. I want to go step by step…
    Now first target is to get a job of Manager… So what skill sets are required ….means how do i skill myself for this level.

    Also I am a average student with B.sc General from CU (Year 2002), MCA from IGNOU (Year 2007).

    My current package is 7 lac.

    Please advise….

    i am waiting for your reply….

    Thanks & Regards
    Arup S

  86. akanksha says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Read your post and find quite helpful.
    I am electronics and communication engg. passout and working with an organization with a decent pakage.
    and have work exp of 2 years.
    I am not satisfied with my job and need to be in management cadre rather than working under anyone.
    Plz suggest me what option to opt.CAT or GMAT as i dont want to study abroad.
    Hows the carrier perspective of part time MBA.

  87. Sukriti says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am a Economics graduate with over 12 years of experience in the Travel and BPO industry. I am 39 years and am looking to change my career field to Marketing (which is my area of interest). Would doing a MBA help in obtaining a job in a new field and if so is it mandate that this MBA has to be from a top university.

  88. Aishwarya says:

    i left my engineering in my 4th year as i suffered an year back..what else course can i do here in or abroad which can serve me with the best..i am rite now 21 yrs old..please guide me

  89. vasanth says:

    hi,
    Iam a mechanical design engineer for the past 5 years , nowiam planning to change my carrer to sales , iam having dilaema to take the decision , please direct .

  90. abhilash says:

    I have completed my engineering in computer Science and have worked in a IT firm for about 2 years.
    I would someday definitely want to end up in management field. But i feel i would need more experience for MBA.
    I am thinking of doing my masters and then work for couple of years and then go for MBA once i feel i have had
    enough of technical aspects.
    I Dont hate the technical side,i just get this feeling someday i would not want to continue in technical and management
    would be my choice.

    What should i do ?
    1. The plan above
    2. Work for few more years without going for MS and go for MBA
    3. 2-3 years of experience is sufficient and i should go for MBA
    4. Any graduation/option which keeps both technical and management skills alive and help me choose one later. ?

    Please help me

  91. pratzz says:

    Heyy … M a third year comp engg student from pune. After admission in colg I realised I dint have any interest in engg ..but some how i managed to come till 3 rd year ..with certain backlogs and aggregate till 52%.. And due to some reasons I need to manage to seek campus placement…I mean can I get placement ?? Plzzh suggest me what skills should I brush up..so that I ll be eligible for placements.. And now 3 semesters are left .. Want to score good in these.. Plzzh tell me how to study ..means any time table to be followed or study technique.. I want one year job experience after degree so that I can go for MBA s .. I m a middle class girl ..so is it that MBAs are expensive ..like not affordable..preferably I want to go for GMAT . can u suggest me what skills will I need to crack it… Mainly can u guess looking to my critical condition ..till wat age I will be done with MBA ?? Like I can convince parents . will be grateful if u counsel me abt study techniques, skill development , how will be the way to MBA ..will I earn lavishly .. Everything .. Thank you :) waiting for the reply :)

  92. Himanshu says:

    Sir ,
    I am B.E final year student (computer science engg) .I have got an offer letter from an MNC with 3.2 lac p.a as salary .My family want me to join this company as my father will soon get retirement . Sir , i need a lot of growth in my life .I am confused , which to choose , CAT or civil services .My communication skills are not good , have stage fear and belongs to middle-class family .So ,i can’t take risk . My company will provide me study leave .So , how should i utilize them ? Should i go for CAT or civil services? The main issue with civil services is its vast syllabus . As i will not have 6-7 hours a day for study after joining company . What should i do ? i have stuck .Suggest me Sir.Should i continue with my job?

  93. Kouser says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I have experience of 6 yrs excluding break of 3yrs. presently working for NGO in finance n accounting.since year with package of 30k/pm ctc, earlier to this I had break in career for 3 yrs & before that I was placed in good co with package of Rs.4.5 lac pa in finance and accounting itself. I hold MBA-marketing(regular) and during break I took up PGDFM(correspondence).
    I really feel so sad and disappointed for being taken for entry level job and there is no recognition for work also, I feel that when I have good Knowledge then why to waste in present level of work.
    I wish to persuade economics, please suggest and also change in organization.

    Thank you

  94. Swaroop says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have completed my B.tech in 2011 and got placed in MNC in same year. Now I’m 2.5 years experienced IT employee. I was really good in technical stuff and I improved my communication skills after coming to this work field. Few months back I planned for abroad studies and I opted to take IELTS and GMAT exam. I got decent score in IELTS(7) but I failed to clear GMAT exam because of insufficient preparation due to heavy work load in office. Recently, I got a news in office that they want me to send onsite in next year. Now, I’m confused what to do next. I’m thinking about few options as

    1. Whether I need to take GMAT again
    2. Whether I need to take GRE as I was not enough eligible to take GMAT
    3. Whether I need to switch company
    4. Or I have to continue in same office since they were ready to send me onsite

    I have few hurdles in choosing these options those are: I’m not having enough confidence to take competitive exam as I was already failed in clearing the exam once. And other is that I came from a middle class family, I have one younger sister and my parents are planning for her wedding by coming two years. If I planned for abroad studies now then we may face severe financial problems. If I stopped planning for now whether I can plan after 2 or 3 years and let me know whether it will help to my career if plan after 2 or 3 years.

    Regards,
    Swaroop

  95. Ranjeet says:

    Hello Sameer.
    i am from Kolkata.
    I have done B.com completed in 2009 from Calcutta university.
    worked in Wipro BPO ,Kolkata , as tech assistant Senior associate from 2009-2011.
    After that I did a PG in marketing from an autonomous college and distance MBA from (PTU)(ongoing).
    I applied for many jobs in marketing and sales but i was not able to crack. and the one that i am cracking they are not giving appropriate salary as per the location.Sales target is becoming tougher.
    Problem is i was never interested in marketing and sales..i did my PG just because of peer pressure.
    However right now i have got an offer for a job in a well known MNC BPO as Chat support which is giving a good salary package. but i am not sure what is the growth after that…is there any way i can grow after that in 2-3 years. or i should go for something else. My personal interest is in photography and acting but i dont know wether thats gonna help me in long term. please help me. i don’t want to take any decision in desperation…and regret it later.
    Thank you.

  96. akash sharma says:

    Dear Sir
    i had passed my class 12 in year 2003 and take admission in btech in year 20005 but due to financial problem i hav left my graduation in 2007 and started doing job in small level counstruction company as supervisor.in year 2012 i had completed amie.i want to do mba but is it worth for me to do mba because i am already 29 year old .i had got 96 percentile in cat 2013.can i get job after doing mba because that time i l b 31 year old.
    plz help me regarding this sir

  97. Pooja says:

    hi,

    I hope getting some advice as i am in a dilemma since many months. I have a 4.5 years of work experience. I have recently switched my job. My earlier job was in an MNC quite comfortable , involved decent amount of learning and knew many of the folks around and could have tried for some change of role with some time. Had a good work life balance.The cons were the technology i am working on SAP ABAP is losing its value with time. Also at times i get a felt the amount of efforts i am putting in isnt giving fruitful results. My salary was decent but not as per hard work put in as compared to peers.I was losing my interest in working

    Now i am into a new company in the same role.The new place is very much different and not at all comfortable .It has work in shifts and now i have started losing interest in the same and the feeling is getting stronger day by day. At times it occurs if it was a wrong decision taken.I am a kind a person who would like to work as one like’s working but not the one who needs raise or be visible.I dont think i could fit in my current organisation.

    Please guide as to what could be done. Should i enhance my skill if yes then suggest which direction .I cant do the same coding stuff all my life and don’t want to go into managerial role .More importantly i need work life balance and want to avoid stress at work. Money is not very important a reasonable amount will do.Being at peace with mind at work is the most important thing i need.

    would be grateful as i am looking for urgent career advice.

  98. Rasika Naidu says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Need your help regarding any additional course which wl give stability to my career. I am 31 year old, with very difficulties i have completed my graduation i am an average student in studies. I am having 11 Years of work experience out of which 3 years i worked as back office cum accountant in small firms. afterwords i join ONIDA as service cordinator i worked over there for 1 year. Then i Worked for Vodafone, i join there as customer care executive and promoted till cashier level, i left that job as well right now i am working with Powerweave as Quality analyst.
    It is 100% back office job.. but whatever i m doing right now it does not have value as it is like “DATA ENTRY WORK”

    Sameer could you please please guide me which course should i go for which gives me better hike in my salary as well as my previous work experience will be counted. I am not interested in customer service, i would love to do back office work. I am interested in banking type job? but as per my age should i get chance to work with Banks?Please assist :-(

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