Q. First, I would like to thank you for giving us an opportunity to write to you.
I am 24 years old and working as a Sales Officer at a private organization while following the foundation stage of SLIM Online. My goal is to be a Manager in Marketing or the sales field by age 26.
My problem is, even though I do my job successfully it has become hard to continue my studies. How can I achieve my goal?
I would very much appreciate your advice in this regard.
A. Let me start by summarizing key skills, that a marketing manager should either have or acquire.
- Planning , organizing and coordinating
- Analysis and evaluation
- Problem solving and decision making
- Creativity and innovation
Reviewing the above it is clear that you may get some of them from your experience in the organization and some from your knowledge.
The answer lies in multitasking, this means you should have the ability to undertake more than one task.
You may also have too many skills but none of them deep enough.
For example, this is an old story, but I worked at Pfizer as a medical rep, in areas such as Batticaloa, and Trincomalee and at the same time used to travel to Colombo to finish my CIM. So now my skill to motivate people who work for me is no problem due to the experience I got, working in the most difficult situation.
I also see three hidden problems:
1. Organization is not encouraging you
2. Manager is playing hard
3. Your lack of motivation
To find solutions to all three you may need a recognized qualification behind your belt.
So go ahead and be a tiger.
Q. I am an undergraduate student who wishes to pursue a career in Human Resource Management, and seek your advice regarding the current professional qualifications I'm following and those which may prove to be helpful and beneficial to me, if followed in the future.
I'm presently following a degree programme at the Royal Institute, Colombo, in which I have completed my first year, being a diploma in Economics. I am also following the certificate level course in Human Resource Management at the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM). I have completed the Foundation Course in Human Resource Management at the IPM, the Preliminary Certificate in Marketing at Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), a Certificate Level Course in Front Office Operations at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (SLITHM), and a course in Desktop Publishing at the American College of Higher Education.
Commencing the second year of my degree, I face the choice of selecting from either Bsc. Management or Bsc. Business. Therefore, I would like to get some advice as to which would be more relevant for my career path (Human Resource Management), and discuss with you the subjects available to study and further programmes which may be relevant, etc.
I would appreciate very much if you could spare a few minutes of your time and present me with the opportunity to meet and discuss my subjects, etc. with you.
A. I see a lot of clutter in your career planning, the starting point to this problem is based on three specific issues:
1. Taking advice from the wrong people
2. Undue pressure from your parents or relations
3. Inability to prioritize key focus areas, yourself.
My simple advice to you is, first deepen your skills, then broaden it or you will not excel in any. One exercise I am recommending is the MBTI profile assessment. This profile is designed to help you understand your results on the Profile assessment, the site was recommended before.
Based on your individual responses, the MBTI instrument produces results to identify which of the sixteen different personality types best describe you, and help you to put your career back on track.
Your personality type represents your preferences in four separate categories, with each category composed of two opposite poles. The four categories describe key areas that combine to form the basis of a person's personality as follows:
Where you focus your attention - Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
The way you take in information - Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
The way you make decisions - Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
How you deal with the outer world - Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Your MBTI type is indicated by the four letters representing your preferences. Based on your responses to the assessment, your reported MBTI type can be for example ENFP, also described as Extraverted Intuition with Feeling.
The answer lies in multitaskingThe answer lies in multitasking
Source: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
The above help you decide what career option to choose. You can get a free analysis from the link below: