You need to wake up from dreamland and understand the job market in the banking industry.
Every year, there are thousands of young graduates from NUS/NTU/SMU/Overseas Ivies in their 20s eagerly applying for these banking mid-office analyst type jobs you want. Less than 10% of them get it in the end.
You already 42 years old with a private degree bought off the shelf and actually think you have a chance of getting in?
Not going to happen.
Why would a bank give up finance Masters/Honors SMU young grad to hire a middle age man with a private commerce degree and clerical experience?
Not being elitist, but that’s the reality.
The more important thing is to ask yourself why must get so hung up in joining a bank? Other than you used to work as a bank clerk / teleoperator, I don’t see any strong reason not to consider other places.
Banking is the 2nd most highly paid and competitive industry after oil & gas sector in Singapore, you need to be realistic and be more open to other jobs in other industries.
Already the going is tough for you because of your age and weak qualification; the worse thing to do is to bang head against the wall by insisting on competing in a place that is totally out of your league.
My advice is to keep an open mind and apply for any entry level executive position that comes along and slowly build up the relevant experience, network and competency.
I think you still have a decent chance in a small stat board, GLC or local SME.
This may not make you big money, but it is better than daydreaming about banks.
Editor’s note: This is a comment submitted on 2014/06/12 at 3:58 pm for -