HR Expert - Answered on Mar 02, 2021
I am still a fresher in the job market due to the lockdown.
I have failed to get selected in both online interviews as well as interviews I have personally attended.
I am feeling very demoralised.
Please share your valuable guidance.
B Tech (electrical), graduated in 2020 from YMCA Haryana
Applied for sales and marketing as a business development executive
You are a qualified engineer, yet you are applying for sales and marketing roles. That’s like a footballer wanting to get into the Ranji team.
Please focus on your core area of expertise and look for opportunities in the engineering field. In order to do so, you may have to supplement your skills with additional certificate programmes.
With global markets opening up, do keep your options open for international roles.
A master's degree in electrical engineering could also be a good option for you.
If sales is your area of interest, then focus on engineering product/services companies to make use of your educational background.
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Don't give up hope!
You are a bright young engineer and there is always a dearth of good engineers.
Keep upgrading your knowledge by doing relevant courses in your field.
I would say most industries are hiring engineers.
With the Make In India initiative, more jobs will open up in the manufacturing sector and that certainly needs electrical engineers.
Explore opportunities in the Middle East as well.
I appreciate your zeal and enthusiasm to continue to work even after a long career and the fact that your children are also working. Apart from what you have been doing, I would recommend these specific steps:
1. Reach out to your managers and colleagues who you have worked in the past as references are still the best way to get a job.
2. Since you have an accounting background, you can also consider working as a freelancer as there are many opportunities for part time gig workers.
3. Explore academics as a career option.
4. Giving back to the society is also very enriching, so do take up some charity or volunteer work.
Hold on! Never give up as life is always full of ups and downs.
A job loss in the time of a global pandemic is not a result of your performance but due to the slowdown in the economy.
Things are now getting back to normal and most companies have started selective hiring.
This is the time to start reskilling in your area of work so that you have the right skill sets that companies are looking for in your field.
Keep yourself engaged with some freelance work or even charitable work.
Remain positive and healthy and close to your loved ones.
You have a bright future.
I would suggest two possible career paths for you.
First, since COVID has now receded, you can get back to your family business.
You can increase your understanding and knowledge in this sphere by doing an online course on managing family businesses.
The second option is sales; since you have done so well in your own business, I am certain you will be a successful sales professional. Take up a course in sales management and look for opportunities in sales or even customer relations.