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Is a sustainable career possible for a woman in her mid-30s?
posted on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:09


I am now at a crossroad in my career path. I used to work in the logistics field for 6 years+, later being relocated to the marketing team and have since worked there for 2 years.

Current marketing work requires long working hours; I have a degree in translation but found it hard to enter the business without working shift duty. Middle to senior position in logistics requires a supply chain management degree I don't have.

My husband and I plan to have a kid in the near future so I think I really need to switch to a position with steady work hours and reasonable pay (13-14K +). My current job pays under 10K even I though I have worked there for 6 yrs, so staying is not an option for me.

Any advice?

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Louisa Yeung - Career Doctor  
Posted Monday, 06 February 2012 09:38 AM

Hi Toni,

To make the right decision about your future career path, it’s essential to think about what is best for yourself and your family over the long term.

My suggestion is that you focus on your core strength, that is, build on your career in the logistics field. Having over six years of experience in the sector will be highly regarded by future employers, and gives you a competitive advantage in your job search. You should look at joining an organisation that has a Talent Management program in place, and is willing to invest in developing your talent and helping you expand your current skills and experience for your career progression. Making the move to a new company may help you achieve a better pay rate in the short term, but you will need to keep progressing within the industry in order to improve your salary over the long term. Think about pursuing a part-time degree or diploma course in supply chain management, so that you can move up into a middle or senior level position over the next few years.

It is important to remember that building a long term career in any industry takes time, so try to be patient. Do your research, build your skills and experience, and get the qualifications you need to make yourself more employable over time.

Best of luck,


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