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After eight years, my salary is still only 17K ...
posted on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 11:45

I graduated in a local university with bachelor degree of engineering 8 years ago.  I got work experience in telecom and financial industries.  However, may be owing to my low starting salary (8k) since graduation, I have only got 17k now after working in 5 different companies.

I work hard and I keep getting professional certifications.  I got a MSc last year too.  I told myself I need to be patient and wait but I cannot bear anymore.  I would like to have a change.

Can anyone give my some directions?

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mid 40
Posted Friday, 28 January 2011 01:58 PM

I agree with Career Doctor, in the view point of employer, higher salary is not a big issue. The problem is how can you convince your employer to pay you more, you need to demonstrate you're worth an increment, ie the value added for the company, higher salary sometimes means higher job responsibility. (not exactly work harder) May be a job with better promotion prospectus will suit you more, but don't tell your potential new employer your decision to change a job is purely drive for a higher salary. You should demonstration you are an aggressive person and eager to learn more, and take more job responsibility etc.

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Posted Monday, 10 January 2011 05:40 PM

Are you a mechanical, civil, structural, electrical or micro-electronics, satellite communication, computer software or network engineer ? Have you obtained charter status with HKIE or other engineering institutions overseas to approve engineering design and construction work ? Have you worked on turnkey or EPC projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China or overseas ? What attributes have you possessed to be a world class engineer with senior management potential ? By the way, have you worked as a Quant or front desk on derivatives pricing and trading with a renowned financial institution ?

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Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:18 PM

Let's not first focus on the salary issue, 17K or whatever figure doesn't matter. It's your mindset!

You change jobs because you want a higher salary, and by changing each job you did get a raise right? But how much experience can you accumulate by changing 5 jobs in 8 years with an average of 1.6 years each? What have you achieved? What skills have you acquired? AND you still desperately in need of another change?

You need to keep advancing yourself and make contributions to justify yourself for any salary rise. No matter how many jobs you change your "level" remains the same or worse, keep dropping, who would want to pay you more?

Give it a good and serious thought!

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