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How will I shape my career in the coming years?
posted on Saturday, 30 July 2011 07:54

I am 30 yr old lady,and a professional from Hotel Industry. Have worked across India ,London and Singapore with various hotels. My area of specialization is Housekeeping and I have worked as Assistant Housekeeper, which is equivalent to an Assistant Manager.

After arriving in Hong Kong, I placed my resume with almost all major/other hotels here. I did not get any opportunity except for a few interview calls.

Currently I am working for a Trading Company as Office Assistant,and earning $15000 a month, which is reasonable.

But I am worried that this has been a change in career I did not opt willingly. Out of no other choice I am presently working in this capacity.

I started learning Cantonese and can speak conversational Cantonese at this stage.

My concern lies in the fact, how will my career be moulded in the next few years, as I see career progression is limited with the position of Office Assistant.

I might stay over in HK for a few more years due to my husband's work requirement.

Please advise me

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Catherine Ng - Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 15 December 2011 04:08 PM

Dear Koni,

It is always a challenge to move to a new location and start another career. Recruitment activities are normally slower in Hong Kong towards the end of the year, not only with the holiday season looming, but people are likely stay on for the year-end bonus and are not keen to change jobs. Going into the first quarter of 2012, the job market should become more vibrant.

While an office assistant role is not your career aspiration, in the short term, it offers the opportunity to learn about the working culture in Hong Kong, whilst earning a reasonable income. This also provides you with the environment to practise conversational Cantonese, which can be valuable and crucial for you to move into the hotel industry. The key thing is to stay connected while looking for suitable opportunities.

While there may not be any advertised positions available currently, it doesn’t hurt to leave your resume with some hotels and introduce yourself. Emphasise your unique experience across multiple markets and any achievements abroad that can be applied locally. This should help your job search.

You could also look into junior positions as a stepping stone to get back into the hotel industry. With your proven capability, you can work your way up.

To keep abreast of hotel industry knowledge and build out your professional network, you may wish to consider taking hospitality courses. Ultimately, your continued study in this arena will help your career whether you decide to join the hotel sector in Hong Kong or relocate back to your home country.

Keep persevering and I am sure you will find your way back to the hotel industry soon.

Kind regards,

Catherine Ng

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