Should I Be Switching The Field After 8 Years For Better Salary?

Question From The Jobseeker

I have an MBA (Finance & Accounting) degree and I have worked with different local companies, but I am not satisfied with the system and the salary packages offered by the local companies. I have been trying to apply to large multinational companies where better salary package and work environment is offered.

One of my relatives recently informed me that he can get me appointed in a large multinational company where the salary package will be much better than the one I am currently working for but the only problem is that the job is in the Sales & Marketing department which is not relevant to the field that I have been working in till now and the courses I have studied.

Now I am confused as to what should I do in this regard? Should I change my career to Sales & Marketing for a better salary package in a large MNC or continue in a local company, where I am working with 8 years of experience in Accountancy. In the field of Sales and Marketing I will start from zero and will have to learn the ropes from the beginning but the company & salary will be better than the current Accounting job. Please suggest what should I do and explain why the suggested move would be better?

Saeed Khan

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Saeed,

The problem that you have suggested is faced by many people during their professional life as they feel that they might not have made the right choice when they choose the courses to study or that they have entered thewrong field. It is no doubt disconcerting but the good news is that in professional life, you can change tracks at any given time and still have success.

There are many examples where people have changed their career paths entirely from what they had been doing in the past and to their own surprise they have excelled in their jobs after switching the career path. You are contemplating changing the field but it will still be relevant to the MBA degree that you have earned, so by leaving the current field you are not altering the career path completely.

Since you already have an experience of over 8 years in Accountancy, changing the field might be just the thing that you need to feel the professional enthusiasm that will drive you to the top. Moreover since the main issue you have is with the salary package and marketing is the appropriate field to earn the kind of salary that you are looking for, it is okay to try the new field.

If you feel unsatisfied and wish to go back to accountancy after a certain period of time, your rich experience and the contacts in the field will make sure that you can get the job in the old field without any problems.
We hope that the discussion above will help you in making up your mind and take the right decision.

Wishing you all the success fro future.

Rozee Team

3 thoughts on “Should I Be Switching The Field After 8 Years For Better Salary?

  1. Dear Editor,
    Assalam o alakum,
    I am a Pakistani living and working in Australia for last 16 years. I want to come back. Does Rozee have any placement and career advice service in this respect?
    Kind Regards
    Muhammad Tariq Javed Khan

  2. I have been facing a somewhat similar dilemma. I will be 29 in April. I have an MBA Marketing from Bahria Islamabad.I graduated in September 2007, appeared in numerous interviews for Marketing positions, but could not land a decent marketing job. I eventually had to start in Banking. I was hired as an MTO at Allied Bank Limited in January 2008. MTO is a fancy name for Branch Operations Officers at ABL, they hire as Officer Grade-III. I worked in the bank for 1 year and 8 months, but I never had my heart in it, as I had always been targeting the Telco industry. I kept on trying here and there. I appeared in two recruitment tests, State Bank in SBOTS scheme and Wapda / PEPCO as an Assistant Manager (Admin) BPS-17, was dropped after the interview at SBP but was selected at PEPCO and I joined without thinking for a second what I was getting myself into. I have worked in PEPCO for a year and 3 months now, but I am already feeling burnt out because of the way of working of the public sector (files system, dull and boring work, difficult boss etc.). I apply to jobs online and the ones that I see in newspaper, but I don’t get called. Is it due to my age or the lack of consistency and continuity on my CV? Will a foreign degree be of any good? Will the private sector ever take me back? Does my CV look bad because of Marketing, Banking and now Admin & HR? How can I improve my chances of landing a better job in the private sector? Please address my questions as I am under a lot of stress because of this. Thanking you in anticipation

  3. Dear Saeed,

    The problem that you have suggested is faced by many people during their professional life as they feel that they might not have made the right choice when they choose the courses to study.

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