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Tuesday November 27th 2018

IT management guru dishes out career advice to fellow jobless IT PMET

Dear Sylvanus,

I am not trying to be cruel, but – as we say in the IT industry – your story does not compute.

The median salary for a fresh graduate with an IT related degree is in the high $3K. If you claim to have extensive IT experience and are only asking for $2.3K, you are signalling that your experience is worse than worthless. The hiring manager may be looking for someone younger but definitely not someone at a lower salary.

The IT industry is a tough one. Technologies that were cutting edge 5 years ago may now be considered obsolete. It is an industry for people who are willing to put in the hours to work as well as to constantly upgrading themselves. I know this because I held various IT management positions for over 30 years. If you are competing for a programming position, you have some significant disadvantages, especially if you cannot put in the hours because of your health condition. Unless you have some special skills that the company happens to need, you will find it very hard to find a job.

There are other issues with your story as well. Your home internet connection is not the ONLY way for you to look for a job. You can always go to a library where they have free wi-fi. If you are penniless after 3 months without a job, you have been living beyond your means (unless you meant to say August last year which would be more reasonable). If you have a new house coming, you can always sell it and use the money to support yourself for a while.

If you want to dig yourself out of this hole you need to be more creative and aggressive. I am watching this from the outside but it seems that there are avenues that you have not explored. How about being a Grab driver for the time being? What other sellable skills do you have? What kind of networking have you been doing?

I wish you the best of luck.


Editor’s note: This article is retrieved from a comment posted on our site.

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