Q: I am 25 years old. I graduated in commerce in 2005 and completed MBA in 2007. I worked for six months in the IT sector as a business development manager and later joined an NGO as a senior manager. What are the career prospects in this sector? Do I need to study further to enhance my prospects here or should I switch to the corporate sector?
A: If your career choice is well thought out, there is no need for a change. The NGO sector needs qualified people like you. If you are working in the functional area, you do not need any further qualification. You can definitely enhance your administrative skills, which would help further your career prospects in the sector.
Q:I completed BPharm and have two years’ experience in pharma sales. I have been working as a product manager in a pharmaceutical company for a year. I am also pursuing masters in business administration from ICFAI. Which subject should I specialise in? What is the difference between marketing management and international business management?
A:Since you are already working in sales, you could specialise in sales and marketing. International business management would educate you more in terms of nuances of doing business across the globe. Marketing would also be a part of that course in the international context.
Q:I am 31 years old and a commerce graduate with six years’ work experience. I am now doing a course in taxation. My CFA classes will commence in April. Currently, I am jobless. Should I wait for the bad times to pass or take up any job that comes my way?
A: These are really tough times. The job scenario is very bleak. Ideally, one should not accept offers with a low salary because it would be difficult to match your original salary later, but sometimes we need to do the wrong things for the right reasons. It would be wise to take up a job now to keep you occupied. If at a later date you do get a better paying job, then you can think of shifting.
Q:I am interested in SAP. I have about nine years’ experience in IT but am thinking of switching to SAP, starting with ABAP and then moving on to advanced modules like XI and NetWeaver. I have worked mostly on developing IT systems for investment banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. I had worked as a junior analyst programmer on Peoplesoft Financials project six years ago. I wish to know if it is a good idea to take up SAP at this juncture?
A:Most countries have been affected by recession but fortunately, India is in a comparatively better position. It is the second fastest growing economy in the world. Currently, there is gloom in India too. Organisations are looking at consolidating their position and cutting down on resources. It is in such a situation that an enterprise resource planning software may be of help in optimising resources and cutting costs. However, finance is the most affected sector today. If you are planning to do a specialisation, it may not be wise to choose finance.
Q:I am 33 years old. I have been working as a development officer in LIC for the last two years. But I have found that marketing is not my cup of tea. I am a science graduate and hold a diploma in transport economics and rail management. I am currently doing MBA from Ignou. Is there any other course I can pursue?
A:I think you have already lost too many years and it would not be prudent to go in for any more courses. Since you are working in the insurance sector, it would be better if you could shift to some other department in your organisation.
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