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What should I do???
posted on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 18:18

Dear Career Doctor,

I'm extremely worry about my career, I have been worked as a secretary / admin assistant in financial services companies for over 10 years and I've been unemployed for a year.  I'm in my late 30's and find it hard to find a job, what should I do?  Also, I feel that there is no career prospect for a secretary job, is it possible or too late if I change my career now?  I've a distance learning BBA degree and can speak and write fair Japanese, which area is good to go?  Should I take up any postgraduate or professional study?  Appreciate if you could advise me on the above.

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Anonymous's picture
Posted Thursday, 08 April 2010 12:34 PM

It is true that people with just secretarial experiences are facing grave difficulties in finding a job these days, especially when they are not young. Even if they manage to obtain a degree, it will still be hard to get a job because it is the past working experiences that really count.
One bright spot I see in you is your Japanese language skill. Try to brush it up further and in the meantime, try to find a job that utilizes this skill, in whatever field it may be. It is important for you to return to the job market as soon as possible. Therefore, do not be too selective in your job search. If there is an opportunity, try to grab it as best as you can, even if the job is non-office.
I am very sure that with your Japanese language skill, you will be able to find a job one day.

Anonymous's picture
Posted Thursday, 08 April 2010 06:21 AM

You can consider starting the career in investment sales in financial service industry. HK is a financial center and lots of demand for the investment experts.

Anonymous's picture
Posted Wednesday, 07 April 2010 09:16 PM

Let's look at the bright side. You have been gainfully employed for a decade and for whatever reason you stopped work, you still have more than a glass full. Your BBA and Japanese language skill will stand you in a better position than most in your job search.

Don't despair and keep on searching for the right job. It not be a secretarial one. In the meantime, if financially stable, good for you to take up further studies. Mid thirty is never too old.

Search the web for advice on writing Resume and Cover Letter, as well as interviewing skills.

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