sector change at this stage ...guide me!!

hi guys!!.. i hv jus joined this forum…b4 asking my query…i ll giv my profile B.Tech Electrical Engg - IT BHU Varanasi 2.5 yrs work ex at leading Automobiles company in its sales deptt. Now hav jus switched to IT company more or les…

hi guys!!..
i hv jus joined this forum..b4 asking my query....i ll giv my profile
B.Tech Electrical Engg - IT BHU Varanasi
2.5 yrs work ex at leading Automobiles company in its sales deptt.

Now hav jus switched to IT company more or less as fresher as they offered me amount same as my previous org.. but workwise its a new start. Was waiting in previous org for last 1 yr jus to crack cat or say iims ....bt have got ard 95 %tile in cat this yr n hence no calls frm iims......and have'nt taken other exams.....

i changed my sector as i was of opinion tht long term career in IT would be btr......but m realising its a painful job to start fresh after 2.5 yrs ......but at the same time i fear if not mba frm top b school its safe bet to be in IT...( or to b very frank ..from money point of view)...

.m really very confused now.....kindly let me know ur opinions on tht .....is it the right step taken by me.???.....also m planning to write both cat n gmat this yr......bt m not sure how wud i justify my sector change wch i did recently,if i reached to ne interview of B school say ISB.....

guide me guys......

hi guys!!..
i hv jus joined this forum..b4 asking my query....i ll giv my profile
B.Tech Electrical Engg - IT BHU Varanasi
2.5 yrs work ex at leading Automobiles company in its sales deptt.

Now hav jus switched to IT company more or less as fresher as they offered me amount same as my previous org.. but workwise its a new start. Was waiting in previous org for last 1 yr jus to crack cat or say iims ....bt have got ard 95 %tile in cat this yr n hence no calls frm iims......and have'nt taken other exams.....

i changed my sector as i was of opinion tht long term career in IT would be btr......but m realising its a painful job to start fresh after 2.5 yrs ......but at the same time i fear if not mba frm top b school its safe bet to be in IT...( or to b very frank ..from money point of view)...

.m really very confused now.....kindly let me know ur opinions on tht .....is it the right step taken by me.???.....also m planning to write both cat n gmat this yr......bt m not sure how wud i justify my sector change wch i did recently,if i reached to ne interview of B school say ISB.....

guide me guys......


Hi,
You have a couple of issues here:
1. You have a made a switch from Auto sales to IT; I presume into Software Development - from my experience, I can tell you that IT Software Development is NOT a profile that probably can do you well say 10 years from now - no matter where you are employed, after some time you definitely willl feel claustrophobic and wonder what exactly you are doing all day.
2. Based on what I have observed in my workplace - mind you guys and gals in my project were all first-rate students - many people atrophy and lose interest in original thought once they take the grind of IT on the development side for a couple of years.
3. It is very easy thanks to the nature of the industry to get closetted into highly specialised and by extension redundancy-susceptible jobs. You might be a punter at C or C++ and for all you know, you might get shunted and shuttled purely because your skills might become subservient to the NEXT-BIG-THING shorter than you think.
4. I can fully relate to you when you talk about the pain of starting a fresher after 2.5 years but rest assured this is absolutely typical....I have seen green college kids being treated at par professionally with 2 year pros in the field.

In the long-term it is probably far better to prioritize job content and profile over compensation.
Your apprehensions about explaining your career progression at the ISB interview, if you get shortlisted, are definitely well-founded. They definitely will ask you to explain...acing the GMAT might make things a bit easier.

Use your discretion in taking this advice....
HTH.
vin.

Thanx vingmat...

For ur patient hearing n long reply......
dude i took this decision may b jus becos all ppl with good acads in my
class were in IT n i too could'nt resist .......

For me to escape this situation i guess is to go to ne b school this yr.....as i can still apply to CET of maharashtra for JBIMS....bt m really apprehensive abt other institutes.....

neway i need ur suggestion on one thing ...how does ne MBA institute measure ur work ex....shud it b in continuity.. or say in my case (2.5 auto + 1.5 IT)..will it b counted as 4 yrs??....and ne idea how wud companies for recruitment wud take this..?? will it b probs for laterals (in a case i go to some B school)...

thanx vin again.

I think you could quote 4 years of experience...but would need to do some explaining. I myself had a bit of variety in experience.

Your second query - the recruiter perspective - I cannot help.

Regards,
vin.


1. You have a made a switch from Auto sales to IT; I presume into Software Development - from my experience, I can tell you that IT Software Development is NOT a profile that probably can do you well say 10 years from now - no matter where you are employed, after some time you definitely willl feel claustrophobic and wonder what exactly you are doing all day.


If you are a true-blue techie then you will enjoy coding for the rest of your life. Some guys I know, who are the architects on the most complex projects *love* the job. I, on the other hand, hate coding for a living. I get through this so that someday I will have enough leverage to do the stuff I really want to do.

So does that make s/w development *bad* ? No ! Programming is about getting a computer (system) to do what you want. Programming can be used to make money/career, but plenty of programming is done for other reasons. I submit for your consideration : "If you are in it for the money, you probably aren't very good at it."

it == programming, there are possibly endeavours in which you CAN be in it for the money and very good.


2. Based on what I have observed in my workplace - mind you guys and gals in my project were all first-rate students - many people atrophy and lose interest in original thought once they take the grind of IT on the development side for a couple of years.


Bad projects with no learning. Everyone seems to be cribbing about it 😃 I again give you another food for thought "You can never hold down a good guy for long". One of the architects I know was in a maintenance project at the start of his career for about 3years. He had no work to do and was just logging in the required hours everyday. But, I repeat, but he utilized it to grow phenomenally. He now says that he treated his work like his lab and did everything possibly to know/grow to where he is now.

Again, being in a similar position, have I done that ? No ! But then that is the way the cookie crumbles. There can be no atrophy unless a person wants it.


3. It is very easy thanks to the nature of the industry to get closetted into highly specialised and by extension redundancy-susceptible jobs. You might be a punter at C or C++ and for all you know, you might get shunted and shuttled purely because your skills might become subservient to the NEXT-BIG-THING shorter than you think.


You may want to go through my posts on this thread about what I feel for tech v/s domain :

http://www.pagalguy.com/cat/viewtopic.php?p=129978

4. I can fully relate to you when you talk about the pain of starting a fresher after 2.5 years but rest assured this is absolutely typical....I have seen green college kids being treated at par professionally with 2 year pros in the field.


I know of someone from MIT who dabbled in algorithms before he chucked up everything for Wall Street 😃 The point being, as Vingmat has mentioned, not have any airs about "losing" years too much !


In the long-term it is probably far better to prioritize job content and profile over compensation.
Your apprehensions about explaining your career progression at the ISB interview, if you get shortlisted, are definitely well-founded. They definitely will ask you to explain...acing the GMAT might make things a bit easier.
Use your discretion in taking this advice....
HTH.
vin.


I'm not the best guy for ISB-talk :)

Arun