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I am 37 yrs old unmarried man & want to switch careers.I am really confused with what to do with my life.

Since I also need to settle down and marry fast as I am the only son of my parents. Plus my parents are really old and I have no one else to take care of me in the future.I mean I have no friends and my relationship is also bad with parents and neighbors,so i need a life-partner to get to support me in times of need.

I am facing a mid-career crisis as I left my sales job in 2010 for many reasons,one of them being i didn't liked the sales job .

2ndly, some doctors as well advised me to change career as it was not permitting my health. I had developed skin problems and also huge stress resulting in me taking to pills(cardiac medicines).

Even after that I completed MBA in Marketing from SMU(Sikkim manipal) in distance mode which I had already enrolled while I was in Sales job in 2009. I scored first class marks though(70%). I have also done BSc(PCM) in regular from Calcutta Univ in 1998.

I am presently pursuing CCNA(expected to be completed in another 2 months or so) and completed the first part of CCNA which is also a global certification called CCENT.

Now since I am in a hurry ,which is best for me - joining a new profession like HR or IT ?

p.s. ::

I have also a job offer my brother-in-law in his office as Admin Executive (salary maybe like 20k pm in a EXPENSIVE CITY LIKE MUMBAI). Since I have to give house rents of say at least 6k Rupees for even a small room in places like Andheri,then other expenses like laundry,food,is it wise to go to Mumbai from my hometown in Kolkata or better to complete my CCNA and search jobs in my own city? At least even if I get small salary of Rupees 8k(anything from 5000 to 10000,not sure what i will be offered as a fresher at this age with no exp in either IT networking or HR) per month .

Also is it good to take help of relatives since I already suffered job loss as a Pharma salesman(read Medical Representative) under this same "relative/bro-in-law" whose office I am talking about above.

From India, Calcutta
Hi Bro,

I am really sorry for the mid crises you are going through and pray will pray that Lord Jesus helps you come out of this.

Well, sales is a good option. You don't have to always opt for outdoor sales job. There are quite a few options for indoor sales as well. I would say that with BSc and MBA in marketing you have the right qualification and experience to be a Sales Manager in any medium size company.

Don't accept any salary less than 4lacs pa, infact in Mumbai nothing less than 5/8 lacs pa, Cost of living in India has risen and anything less then this with your qualification will be under valued and also you will not be able to live a decent living in metros. Note that even a govt sweeper earns around 18000pm (all alowance added) in mumbai. Private firms exploit us but when we have nothing it better to take one then go jobless and depression.

For IT, I don't know who suggest you to go for CCNA, now since you have started it complete it as a process of education and not for job. (this is my suggestion).

Regarding Admin Job, there is no harm in taking it provided you take it as launch pad to end up in good permanent job with better company and better salary (ofcourse don't tell this to you bro-inlaw). Usually if you have rent issue its suggest you find a house around Main Line or Harbour Line ( ie. Kalyan/Navi Mumbai) , its affortable but you would spend time in travelling. You can get a 1BHK indepndant flat less than 6000/- per month.

Having said that, I suggest you do not delay your marriage for all above reason. Start looking for a good girl preferably working and get married before 38.

Most important-- since you are the only son take care of your old parents, trust me when I say .... "their happiness and your care for them, will change your future". Amen.


Wish you good luck.

From Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
But Sir you haven't told me which has more money - HR or Networking? And also which line should I take up - HR or Networking or Office job in Mumbai? I dont think the office job has much prospects,in fact its like a sales job
From India, Calcutta
Hi Mitra Sir, You said about 4 to 5 lacs pa but who will give me such a huge salary with just a distance mba? I think you are joking.I cant even get a job of 2 lacs leave aside 4 lacs
From India, Calcutta
@ Anonymous,

Well, just go through my response, I did mention you can go with Admin Job in Mumbai, since you don't have any Job. Salaries in each business sector will vary. Lot of it depends how good you are at what you do. Every job has its own charm. My Suggestion, don't do job for just money, do it becoz you love to do it. And when you love to do it, you will automatically excel in what you do. Giving my personal experience, I started my career as Office Assistant in a small mid size construction pump trading firm. I love what I did, and slowly and gradually and grew up in my career. I am sure when I can, you can too. Good Luck.


Well, getting the right salary for your job expertise is a matter of how skillfully you negotiate with your employer. With am I guess, 15yrs experience for the person in question, I have infact given the minimum best he should demand or rather he should get in Mumbai. (All experience counts in Business) But I agree, if you can't get that right match in right time, you must have the art and skills to accept the best available and keep looking, rather be unemployed. But, as I mentioned above, Don't just take jobs based on salary. Take jobs that you love to do. I know this is kind of a theory good in books, but this is exactly what makes person successful in what they want to be. I am a firm believer. that when you love to do what you do, you do it better than anyone else and excel in what you do.


From Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
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