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Q: In 2005, I did my BTech in information technology from WBUT. I have been working in a company in SAP PP module for the last two years. I want to quit the company. With my kind of experience, what kind of job is suitable for me? Are there many openings in SAP PP module?

Rahul Singh

A: The SAP PP module is a good area to be in. You can continue with the same job profile even if you get an interesting offer or an opportunity to change your job. Since SAP PP is a core module, you cannot shift to any other module. Any new opening you look for will have to be in the same module.

Q:I am 39 years old. I did BSc as well as a diploma in mass communication from Jadavpur University. I have about 12 years of experience in direct and institutional sales of consumer durables and power electronics. At present I’m involved in marketing real estate. I am not satisfied with my current pay and there is very little opportunity for growth in my present job. Should I do a professional course in marketing or a short-term course in IT to find a job where there is ample opportunity for growth and a good pay package? Please advise.

Susanta Bose

A: I am unable to fathom why, after studying mass communication, you opted for a job in sales. That lasted for 12 years and then you ended up in real estate. Now you want to shift to IT. Why? You need to take a fresh look at your situation. Doing courses won’t help much. Finding a job that challenges you will certainly help.

If sales and marketing interest you, and if your track record is good, then please apply for a sales and marketing job that would fire your imagination, charge you up and bring out the best in you. If sales and marketing is not your cup of tea, you can start enhancing your qualifications. I think age is not on your side, however, to learn fresh skills. It is better not to lose out on the experience you already have by starting from scratch in a new field. So it is advisable enhance your career prospects by using your rich experience in direct and institutional sales as a building block.

Q:I completed BE in civil engineering in 2007 and am currently working as a software professional in a reputed MNC in mainframe competency. Other than certification courses, what can I do to improve my prospects?

Mainak Banik

A: There is nothing much you can do to augment your skills on the software side. But you can do a generic MBA to improve your career prospects. You can also do courses like PMP (project management professional) to give your career a boost.

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