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To change or not to change fields
posted on Friday, 22 October 2010 17:42

Dear Career Doctor,

I'm 30+. Have more than 10+ yrs experience working in factory & trading company as a garment merchandiser. Obtained IVE Dip.& high related field. Last year, as I felt i was losing passion & tired of working in this field, in addition, wanted to take a long holiday. So, I quit and stayed in Japan for nine months to learn Japanese. Will take JLTP N2 this coming Dec.

As the prospect of garment field seems dull, also, working hours is too long ..., difficult to study after work. So, I'm considering change field..I fully understand it's not easy,I don't mind salary lower than previous,but, based on my background, is there any other jobs suitable for me? Or I should stay in garment field?

Look forward to having your valuable advice.

Thank you.

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Posted Sunday, 14 November 2010 01:42 AM

Hi, I also worked in Media for over 13 years. I studied 2 years to take a JLPT N2 in 2008. In 2009 I studied japanese language in Tokyo japan,and had a half time job,I also studied 1 year. After I return to HK. I have hotel experience as I worked in a hotel when I stayed in Japan. But I sent 7 CV to Hotel to apply the job in HK. Finally, was successful.

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Posted Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:40 AM

I know what the work style is like in the garment industry, you either like your job, or need to be very realistic about your capabilities and standing to be able to hang on and survive.

No one is going to hire you because you're remuneration expectations are low, cause even if your salary is low you still have to fulfil and deliver what the job calls for. You know what I mean?

You might be so tired both mentally and physically and need a break, but somehow I don't feel any negativeness, perhaps you only need some fresh air and to recharge yourself?

If you ask me, it's kind of a waste to dump all your valuable experience and the networks you've tried so hard to build, especially if you don't even know where to go what to do next, right?

I've have a friend who indulged in the Jap culture spending years in Japan and is now a blogger while also doing Jap business online receiving orders and to help buy goods for us Hongkongers or even Mainlanders and ship what they want to buy to them directly. It’s still a very tiring job but that's what she enjoys. Good money or not I don't know, but she said it’s sufficient to support her living and even her family's too!

I'm telling you this not to suggest you copy her but just wanted to let you know that there are definitely opportunities around but you have to like it enough to sustain the hard times in order to succeed in the end.

Good Luck!

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