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Question :

Hi Career Doctor,

I am hoping you will be able to provide me with some insights on the next step of my career.

Let me provide you with a brief ideal of my background. I am 27 with a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management from a local university. Upon graduation, I have been working in the hospitality industry in a sales supporting role, from an coordinator to now as an assistant manager. The movements within the 4 years have made my role to be have more involvement in marketing functions to drive revenue for the company, though a lot of the times of my work is related to providing support on different company-wide sales related programmes, and sales system.

After working for few years, I am looking for a change in career to leave the hospitality industry for several reasons below –

1)    I am not interested in working in front line sales related position – then there will have limited career advancement opportunity.
2)    I feel I am not as passionate as before to my job – and find the work is so routine, with no new knowledge gained, after staying in the same company for few years.

From the work experiences in these 4 years, I find that I am particularly interested in project based marketing jobs, or event marketing, hopefully in Luxury Brands or FMCG company. Thus, now I am searching for jobs on these 2 related fields, looking particularly at executive or officer position, and have rare chances to be invited to an interview as yet. Not sure if that is related to my current job title or salary history?

I am unsure about this, but both my academic and working experience is all hospitality focus,  is there anything that I can do to make myself to be more competitive when applying jobs related to Brand management / Event marketing? 

Would be it good for me to look for jobs in these fields but with entry level positions?

Appreciate if you can advice…

Posted by Kee on Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013

Comments :

Neha

Posted Thursday 23rd January 2014 10:18:16 AM

 

Hi , My Name is Neha and i have a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management from a local university. After graduation, I have been working in the hospitality industry for 4 years focusing maily on front office jobs.Starting from a restaurant hostess to assistant Guest Relation Manager .After a successful career I got married and then was not able to get back to work for various reasons. Now i am a mom and need to get back to work to financially support my family. I want to know how can i change my field.I am not sure of where i want to go but i am looking at something that will allow me to have a reasonably good work n family balance. I am a people person and love to interact with people. I request for your guidance in helping me figure out if i can use my present qualifications and work experience and get into something new . Hope you can help me get sorted out.


ravi kumar

Posted Monday 23rd September 2013 04:12:43 AM

 

Dear sir,i,ve done three years of diploma in hotel management from one of the institute in india and they have given the certificates of AH&LA,I,don,t know whether the institute is affiliated with AH&LA or not,and i,ve ten years of experience in frontoffice department,but with no growth till now and with low salary 3.45 lacs currently getting wanted to change my industry and looking for a job asap,Kindly let me know your suggestion.


ravi kumar

Posted Monday 23rd September 2013 04:11:56 AM

 

Dear sir,i,ve done three years of diploma in hotel management from one of the institute in india and they have given the certificates of AH&LA,I,don,t know whether the institute is affiliated with AH&LA or not,and i,ve ten years of experience in frontoffice department,but with no growth till now and with low salary 3.45 lacs currently getting wanted to change my industry and looking for a job asap,Kindly let me know your suggestion.


Howard Chan - Career Doctor

Posted Saturday 16th February 2013 01:15:00 AM

 

Dear Kee, There are two fundamental issues we would need to address here: (1) Is your motivation to change jobs driven by a genuine interest to change your job responsibility? (for example to have a branding or event marketing focused role) or (2) do you want to change industries to the luxury or FMCG sector? Changing careers is a step-by-step process and it is important to address your needs and wants at the initial stage. If you choose to pursue the first option, the easiest way to change job responsibilities is to look internally for job openings in your existing company. With your four years of experience in marketing, you would have an opportunity, and to some extent, an advantage among external candidates in expanding your role or moving into a role with events or branding responsibilities. Internal job rotation is common with a lot of multinationals in the hospitality industry and is something I would advise you to do. Speak with your human resources team or line manager to find out about opportunities for a job rotation. Another option to build your skills in this area is to undertake external courses to help enrich your skills and build a portfolio of experience in events or branding. If you are interested in the second option then you may need to consider taking a role similar to your current one, but in a different industry. From there, you may certainly be able to work your way up the career ladder. If changing industries is your primary objective, then the key is to get your foot in the door. I understand that the perfect scenario is to change your job responsibilities and industry at the same time, but it is important to acknowledge that companies typically recruit marketing experts for either their technical expertise or their industry know-how. Therefore, I would suggest that when you decide which option to take first, commit to it and then move on to either changing roles or industries as a secondary step. Remember, changing careers is a step-by-step process that offers very few short cuts. Best of luck and please leave a comment below if you have any more questions. Regards, Howard.

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