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Job Security vs Job Interest?
posted on Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:25

I am under a painful decision whether to quit my current job and pursue my own interest.

Upon my graduation in 2009, I went to the banking industry. After working a year and half, I received another offer in the government, which the salary is far more than my first job. Given the high pay and clear career path, I changed from banking to the government sector, which I thought was a sensible move, as the job is highly secured and I will receive pay point increment each year, serving as a very promising career.

After being a government officer for a few months, however, I started to be puzzled regarding my career, because I did not really like my job. And, the point is I do like working in the finance sector, which is highly mental challenging. Particularly, I am a graduate with a Finance major and got passed in several examinations like FRM and CFA. I was able to utilize my capabilities when I was in a bank.

Hence, I am thinking whether I should quit and find a job in bank, because it is a very big trade-off. And, the consideration is beyond my own, as I have to support my family, where a stable career is much preferred. The bleak job market in 2009 when I was a fresh graduate also told me how valuable a government job is under economic downturn.

I would like to learn how you would you choose if you were me.

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Posted Saturday, 02 July 2011 09:39 AM

It is okay to change your mind. At least now you have learned what your true interest is. I can only recommend that you watch the IB market and wait. The headquarters of one leading global bank is rumored to be leaving UK and entering HK as a strategic move to align its business closer to China. This speaks volume as to how they view the industry to be. There will indeed be more jobs in this area when it happens. You have to research both online, read journals, articles, industrial articles, to see what the big banks will do. When this happens, there will be a change in the job market as well. So...

I guess it is not going to be too hard to move back into the banking field, especially if you have a natural aptitude to the industry itself. (CFA are NOT easy to pass!) To me, it means you have a strong analytical mindset. I would recommend that you ask yourself some strong questions as to the direction that you want your own career path to go. Even if you are to carve your own career from IB, what is the path going to be like? You need to make sure you go through each step and stages.

Also, if you a strong candidate in IB, then do not hesitate to see the global IB scene to be your oyster. Use professional recruitment agencies to see if they can do anything for you. Attempt to work globally while you are young, as it will benefit you in the future with regards to the banking industry.

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Beatrice lam
Posted Monday, 16 May 2011 01:38 PM

If I were you, I would stick with what I'm really interested in and choose to work in the field that is more challenging. Because you are very fresh to society, I reckon it is good for you to work in a unstable & stressful work environment, as the more competitive working environment will help you improve yourself.

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Career Doctor  
Posted Monday, 09 May 2011 04:05 PM

You're confusing yourself and hence confusing me! Let's simplify your situation – you’ve given up the job you like to take a job you want because of the secure and high pay. You should have known from the outset that your finance background and whatever qualifications you've obtained in the past would all be meaningless in your present job. Don't tell me you hadn't thought about that when you decided to change to your present job.

What do you expect from a governmental job? You should have known or you wouldn't have called it a big tradeoff, right? You have a financial burden? Who doesn't? You do seem to have been very clear minded as to why you accepted this job in the first place, and now regretting only after trying a few months?

If I were you I wouldn't be wasting time back and forth wanting this or that. You have two choices though, to leave or to stay. However I'd advise you to first learn to take responsibilities for every decision you make, and face it!

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Posted Monday, 02 May 2011 12:19 AM

You have the answer in your mind already - "you are able to utilize your capabilities when you were in the bank". Don't be puzzled and wasting time! Only focus on your job interest can make your career bright.

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