Chanced upon your website recently. It definitely has been very insightful.
I am currently unemployed because I quit my last job.
I have been a pharmaceutical sales rep since I graduated. I graduated with Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Statistics in mid 2002. That period was the economic downturn and I had difficulty getting a job. I joined Prison Services early 2003 but decided that I don’t enjoyed uniformed group although my initial purpose was to help and make a difference. I think it is quite different working for the uniform groups because of the rigid work environment.
My friend who was in pharmaceutical sales recommended me in. And ever since then I was in the industry. Working life is flexible and money was good.
I was at my 1st company for 2 years and the next for 6 years. I changed company again last year in June and ended up staying in the job for only 4 months.
I didn’t really like the company culture and as for my manager, she micromanages and I guess they always bring in fresh graduates, so management style for me was abit stifling for my liking. And I felt I really don’t enjoy the sales job anymore. I just feel that I am going nowhere. I am good at it but not excellent for the job because I guess there is a lack of passion for it. It felt meaningless having to suck up to the doctors and nurses so that they will be using your products. And I always feel doctors should be ethical and use the products that is best for the patients and not best for their pockets, but of course it isn’t so for many of them. Maybe I was been a little wilful for quitting like this. But I was really unhappy. I would sit in my car and cried. I missed my menses for 2 months.
I thought of going to do childcare after I quit but the money is very little as I will have to take up their study/work program. And after a short attachment, i didn’t feel keen on the position because I feel that there is a lot of menial job involve. Knowing my character, I think I will not enjoy in the long run.
And now here I am, jobless and lost. I started looking back for sales job. Went for a couple of interviews and wasn’t successful. I just don’t know what I could do if I don’t go back to pharmaceutical sales. I look around for government sector jobs and also continue to apply for pharmaceutical sales.
I thought of taking up a specialist diploma in counselling at NYP. As I feel I have just wasted most of my life without a clear direction. And if I am interested in social service, I should take up some part time course for the long run. Even if I go back to sales at least when I finish the course, I would have something to turn to.
Suddenly I feel my life is just falling apart. It’s just killing me inside.
Thanks for hearing my ranting. I always appear very strong to others, hardly shedding a tear. But I know I am not that strong and I am a very indecisive person. That’s why I just feel like my life is always just going with the flow….
I hope I have the strength to follow your footsteps and be brave to make a career change.
Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear about your predicament.
Many people turn to meaningful work after toiling in the corporate world for a period.
The corporate world can be tiring, meaningless and often stressful.
Though the money can be good but it never brings us any happiness.
Social work can be meaningful here but the pay is pathetic.
You also need to take up a post graduate diploma in social work or counselling.
As you already have a degree in psychology it could however allow you to gain direct entry into counselling or social work depending on which field you are keen in.
For example, most family service centres (FSC) require at least a degree in social work or a post graduate diploma for entry level jobs. The pay is probably in the range of between $2200- $2500.
You can also try the school counselling position but most schools need at least a graduate diploma in counselling.
School counsellors are also better paid than social workers in FSCs. Nevertheless, the attribution rate of school counsellors is relatively high – most of them do not make it pass the first contract.
Its a high-pace environment and most principals also tend to treat school counsellors like general workers.
Friends working inside schools as counsellors have told me how they ended up doing sports day co-ordination, arrange meet-the-parents’ session and even become more like a discipline master than a counsellor.
I hope that you could meet one of our career coaches so that they can advise you further.
Its also good to take up some career development tool so that at least you know where your inclination might be.
Don’t stop searching for a job that satisfies for we spend at least 1/3 of our life working.
It will be sad if you do something you dislike just because of the pay which probably is one big reason why people job-hop alot here.