I am posting here for the first time. I Completed HSC (12th) in 1998 and joined an Engineering college. I found studies tough and quit Engineering after 7 years. I just managed to clear 1st year of Engineering. Then I completed B. Sc in Mathematics via. correspondence. MP Bhoj Open university in single attempt in the year 2006. Apart from that I took up an internet assistant job and did a course of Web Designing from local computer institute. I worked there for about 9 months. This correspondence degree did not get me admission in any Govt recognised college. So I joined a 2 years Private MBA part -time course from WLC college. This wasn't sufficient either as the institute wasn't UGC recognised and it was blacklisted as Fake College / University. I got certificates for PGDBM in the year 2008. To overcome the non UGC recognition I took up 2 year Correspondence MBA from Periyar University which I passed with First class in 2010. Apart from that I learnt PHP programming and used to freelance.

After dropping out from Engineering I was also undergoing treatment for depression for say about 6 years.

Now when I go for interview I tell the truth that I dropped out from Engg and have done correspondence MBA and Part time PGDBM, they put my resume on hold. I thought of buying Fake experience certificates and fake academic certificates OR study MCA from Mumbai university as correspondence or join some Programming courses from NIIT institute.

The question is how do I explain my educational and professional gaps to the recruiter. Today I have 1 MBA correspondence degree 1 PGDBM degree with foreign certification but not recognised in India and 1 BSc Maths degree via correspondence from Open university and am 38 years old.

Please help.

From India, Mumbai
Gopinath Varahamurthi
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gopinath varahamurthi

dear friend,
The world you live is different in outside, time is limitless a watch really shows 24 hours, even the live you live is endless..the presence...feel the presence as said by shri Dinesh Divekar and quote "start now and have a brand new end"..
best of luck .......

From India, Arcot

Dear Hemmeh,
Dinesh-ji's response reminded me of an acquaintance who just after acquiring a BA degree joined ECE (company making elevators.bulbs/tubes etc.) and remianed there working hard and learning more and more on the job.At the end of his career he was the top functionary and after retirement was a much sought after lecturer by business schools.Even Raibahadur M.S.Oberoi ,founder of Oberoi group of hotels started his career as a clerk in a hotel in Srinagar.There are many such examples.Have courage and wish you all the best !

From India, New Delhi
i finished my SSLC in 1999,after completion of SSLC,i have taken directly take B Com in KSOU 2006,now none of the recuirter are not responding properly,though most of the requiter wants regular student what is the solution for this.
From India, Bangalore

Dear Friend ,
First congrats to Mr Divekar for the right advice. Not to worry about the past - look forward.
1. Tell people the truth about your past- integrity is a rare virtue- that every employer expects from employees- that is why I see in the thread , some one has asked for your resume.
2. Continuous learning important - pl do not join any course with out any purpose- always look for the institutions- whether approved by the govt- UGC, AICTE or approved universities.
3. Take up a job that you will enjoy working - develop your competency -knowledge and skill sets - improve yourself constantly.
R N Iyer

From India, Madras

Hello Hemmeh,

This is further to what Dinesh has suggested.

Though this MAY sound preposterous in the situation you are now into, NEVER EVER go for the shortcuts like getting fake certificates, lying, etc. Life has a knack of catching-up sooner than later & IF you happen to be in a high position at that point of time, the fall too would be as steep [one doesn't need to go far to understand how damaging this can be.....going by the current news that we are seeing now about some BJP leaders].

Like the Proverb goes: "Higher you rise, steeper the fall".

I would suggest you begin to try this out. While still speaking the truth about the gaps in your education, you really don't need to explain the details. Cut the whole long story short by saying "I had some health problems [your depression CAN be counted as one] due to which there have been gaps in my education. Now my health is OK". In case you also had any family-related issues [though not often, sometimes both Health & Family related issues go together], you can mention that too. All you would need to ensure is that the message goes across that 'you are NOW OK'.

And also suggest shoot for ONLY those positions where age is NOT a factor....many positions now-a-days are age-related. Usually Companies may NOT wish to put you among those who would be 20-23 yrs age group as that disturbs [at least in their view] the general work environment/culture.

I am not sure of your spoken comm skills [written skills do seem to be good, going by your posting]. In case your spoken comm skills are as good, Sales COULD be one area that you can shoot for--because Sales function has more to do with meeting the targets & meeting--i.e. regular interaction with--outsiders rather than Company colleagues & NOT your age. By & large, you will be judged by YOUR individual performance on the field, than as a team. Hope you get the point.

You may think of other career options along similar lines.

All the Best.



From India, Hyderabad

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