Partner - Risk Management
Recruitment/talent Acquisition, Career Counselling
Employability is susceptible to the right fit. Hence echoing your efforts to put down the relevant education and experience to the job requirement.
Lets take a view, had you done this MSc at your job, would that make you unemployable? If not, it shouldn't make you under-employable now. Many of us, continue to study and get certified on areas beyond our work, entirely because of our interests. It can never be a deterrent to being employed.
Remain as focussed as you are, with your service offerings and the role. It is going to take a while for you to find the right job, entirely because, of the fitment and perception.
Please stay grateful to all those employers who wouldn't hire you, as they might not be able to use your service offerings and ensure you grow to the best of your potential.
Right job is on the way, stay as prepared as you are. Wish you all the best !
23rd May 2013 From India, Mumbai
While concurring with (Cite Contribution), I would add the following points--mainly to address your specific queries.
1] "........the aforementioned work interest areas where I want my career to start with?"
Pl note that the possibility of getting the career path one aspires for depends on MULTIPLE factors, many of which wouldn't be in one's hands [for eg., the industry scenario @ that point of time, etc]. The combination, per se, is surely good. So the BEST one can look for is to ensure that the combination of qualifications ARE NOT incoherent/mismatches--which you already seem to have taken care of.
2] "Will the brand IIT help me gaining attention of the prospective employer? OR Would I rather start working to gain a couple of years experience in any firm"
There are BOTH Pros & Cons for both the options. But, relatively, I would go for the Brand IIT option--at any point of time, that surely carries more weightage than exp in a non-de-script company.
3] "......should I opt for another masters (which is aligned to Communications itself) just to delay employment and wait for odds to favor in my turn?"
There's a Saying: A bird in-hand is worth Two in the bush. Hope you get the message.
All the Best.
23rd May 2013 From India, Hyderabad
Thank you for your reply. I am looking specifically for pure marketing functions (preferably in media & entertainment, hospitality or IT based companies) OR account/strategic planning at advertising agencies (both mainline + digital).
The very same thought that even MBA (Marketing) + Bachelor (Media) is not letting me go near my desired profiles is quite surprising when I too think of it. Really don't know what the recruiters are looking as a profile in the aforementioned desired functions.
24th May 2013 From India, Pune
Getting an additional degree sounds good. But who wants that additional qualification in you ? Does it make you more of a specialist (and therefore narrows your possibility of finding a job) or does it enhance your appeal to prospective employers by adding to another skill set ?
Many employers will see your effort as
A) he does not know what he is doing / lacks focus / wasting time
B) he is very qualified. Does not suite me / will leave after few months when he gets a better job.
Adding another degree may make it worse.
I do not know how old you are. After some time, people want to see experience and not take freshers. So you need to consider that too.
26th May 2013 From India, Mumbai
The dilemma is yet pertinent. Does the prospective employer seek 'brand' (institute/college) from where you come OR do they really subjectively look at your qualifications to make a first impression? What actually is the striking feature in your resume/cv that can potentially lead you to an interview? Cause once you're in the interview it's a different ball game (for which I am confident of).
I am twenty seven btw. And is age really a factor of selection even though a candidate may be good fit for what the job requires/commands?
28th May 2013 From India, Pune
Skill sets acquired / proved
Particular specialisation required by the company
Age (you may be competing with younger people with same qualification
Or competing with younger candidates with more experience
Combination of the above factors will work
Some in your favour and some against.
It depends on what the company values more and how the recruiter thinks
Since we don't know who will be there, how can you or I guess at this time ?
Still since you need to make a career decision, you need to guess which will over ride the other and act accordingly.
29th May 2013 From India, Mumbai