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Recent graduate looking for career change after 6 months
posted on Friday, 24 February 2012 00:20

Dear Doctor,

I am currently working in Audit for 6 months at a Big 4 firm. However, I have realised it is not suitable for me, as I would like a career which has a broader view of business. I am thinking of changing to a career like management/consulting, and although I have a strong non-academic business background (namely having scholarships, managing student societies, and had my own business), my academic results were barely a 2:2 from an overseas university.

Do you have any advice for me on increasing my chances in getting what I want? Also,where should I be looking to work in a company with more multinationals?

Thank you in Advance.

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Sidney Yuen - Career Doctor  
Posted Friday, 25 May 2012 07:07 PM

Thanks for your question. It seems that you have found your current job too narrow for you and you are attracted by a career which may give you variety like management consulting. Before you decide to embark on this journey, you might want to talk to some of your consulting colleagues; as you work for one of the BIG 4 firms, I believe that you have a consulting/ business advisory unit. During the conversation, you may be able to get insight on why you want to make a change. Without really understanding the reasons, you may make another unsatisfied career move. Clarity will help guide you to the next step.

You may want to ask yourself this question; If you don't need to earn an income, what would you like to do? The answer of this question may give you some insight of what's possible for your future career. One of my colleagues recently quit her job and she have been spending time to bake cakes as she likes baking and sharing these cakes to her friends. They like those cakes so much and she is doing this full time and has started selling these cakes to friends and on the internet. She is so happy to be able to make the change while making a good profit as an entrepreneur.

Here is a checklist which may help you to determine if this management consulting career really suits you:

1. Are you willing to
>work at home and at a client's site rather than at a fixed work station?
>reduce your current earnings as you will "start" from scratch ?
>travel at short notice?

2. Are you able to
>turn data points to devise a hypothesis and assumptions?
>learn fast and apply new knowledge to help others?
>understand the customer's point of views and needs?

If you have answered the above questions with a "yes", then you need to market yourself via social media and dialogue with other colleagues, friends and potential employers. Show your desire and passion for this industry.

Lastly, I want to offer you a beautiful quote by Annie Gottlier: "It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to."

Best of luck to you for a new career change,

Sidney Yuen

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