I saw various posts that you guys have worked on this website, and I was encouraged to send out this email.
I never thought that I would end up in such a predicament.
It has come to the extent that I have no choice but to send this email.
But, I am not sure if you guys can help.
Anyway, I am an unemployed 34 year old guy.
I started work in the helpdesk but kept switching companies due to low work performance and/or unhappiness with the management.
The longest period I have stayed in an company was 7 months.
I managed to get a certificate in programming and got a job in the industry.
Strangely, that did not stop me from switching.
I then worked for many companies in the past 8 years.
However, each job lasted only 2-15 months.
I was never fired from any of my jobs.
All this is due to various non-professional reasons.
I keep wanting to move on, repeatedly.
But every move ended up a lateral one.
I did not move up the ladder.
For my second last job, I got my highest salary ever.
A long-time friend then recommended that I try testing (a niche area).
I tried that and felt a great sense of achievement and satisfaction!
I thought that this was perhaps my real calling.
I decided to pursue that area instead.
I managed to get a job in this industry.
But things turned bad in the end.
And I decided to leave again.
I took a month break to think things through.
Just last week, I sent out my resumes and went for interviews.
One interviewer asked what do I see myself in 3-10 years time.
I felt so lost.
At my age, where can I possibly see where my career path’s heading?
If I were a fresh grad, I can still share my aspirations.
But now? Sigh.
I went for another 2 interviews but got an outright rejection.
During this period, I also did some online research and found out that my passion/calling may be in dim-sum making.
I have never cooked in my life, but I thought, since I like dim-sum so much, I can learn to do it by learning from cookbooks and see what might come out from it.
But problems arise as I have only 9 months of rainy day funds.
I will also be spending money on ingredients as for my practice.
I am not sure how long it can actually last me.
If I spend time on doing dim-sum, how do I convince the interviewers that I am worth hiring?
Although I have a background in IT, these days, I find myself shunning the IT books in libraries.
Any advice for me?