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Old 22-04-2013, 10:46 PM
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Hi,

I would like to get some career advice from the folks on this forum.

About myself: Graduated in 2010 with a technical degree. I have about 3 years of work experience now.

Working for a US MNC. Basic Salary is 6900. Annual bonus is 2 months.

On paper, my relatively high salary looks good for my age and experience. However, I find my job quite boring. I have been at my current position for 1 year+. Essentially, I am an overpaid computer operator. My primary job is to decide between clicking between button "A", "B", "C", for about 200 times a day. I'm not learning anything new.

Work-life balance is good and I generally end work before 6pm.

What do u think I should do? Here are some of my thoughts:
1) Look for a new job. If i look for a new job outside, I doubt I will find a job that matches/beats my current salary. I think I will be looking at a 2k salary cut.
2) The company is big so I can perhaps try to do an internal transfer.
3) I can use my free time to pick up new skills or maybe do a part-time masters/MBA.
4) Continue doing what I do and enjoy my work-life balance.


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Old 22-04-2013, 11:08 PM
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I think there's no guarantee that you will enjoy a less monotonous job, so leaving for one on top of taking a paycut doesn't seem wise. Go pick up a hobby or something.

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Old 23-04-2013, 12:12 AM
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chances of finding a job that pays anywhere near your current salary with your job experience is extremely slim. I would recommend 2 or 3, in fact you are in a pretty good position to do 3 so I would go ahead with that.

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Old 23-04-2013, 12:14 AM
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Create a macro impress your boss? Or find inefficiencies in the firm and improve on them?

Grass always greener on the other side, when you got no time for yourself you will wish that you did.
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Old 23-04-2013, 02:24 AM
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I had the same job, just that mine has 4 "buttons." Salary could be as high as 20K if I clicked the right button at the right time. Stressful job.

Yes, it's true. Such a job exist.
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Old 23-04-2013, 11:08 AM
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I shall repost my previous comment on some guy asking to stay or leave after having a boring job...

[repost]
You wan a sense of achievement?

Be a R&D engineer, you get to deal with everything...

Solution conception
while(customer != happy)
{
Costing
Negotiation
Proposal
Negotiation
Tender
Circuit design
Sourcing
Firmware programming
PCB design
Software
Verification
}
while(price > budget) //this part is super time wasting
{
Enclosure sourcing
Negotiation
Component sourcing
Negotiation
Fabrication
Assembly
}
Prototype trial run
if(customer != happy)
goto : Solution verification
else if(estimated budget overrun)
super long talk with boss
if(prototype == success && customer == happy)
{
Ship product!
while(you still alive)
{
unlimited lifetime support with people who are not interested
Spam emails and calls to see if anyone else wants the solution
}
}

interrupt(last day of the month)
{
collect $2132 check
}

See, you get to solution someone's or an entire group/company/national problems alone!! assumed sense of achievement = over 9000!

and you get to draw a pathetic pay as a bonus!
[/repost]

Oh wait i just realized, since all of these are actually in a infinite loop so its still monotonous, but wait... this one has a much lower pay!! Sounds exciting rite!
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I have the same problem also. Been working for 5 years now making close to 15k per month but find the job meaningless, I have decided to move on to do social conselling work for 2.5k monthly to be more meaningful.
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I have the same problem also. Been working for 5 years now making close to 15k per month but find the job meaningless, I have decided to move on to do social conselling work for 2.5k monthly to be more meaningful.
Haha. good one bro.
all the big cannons above.
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I had the same job, just that mine has 4 "buttons." Salary could be as high as 20K if I clicked the right button at the right time. Stressful job.

Yes, it's true. Such a job exist.
It's call trading. The four buttons are buy, sell, stop order, limit order.
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ts if I were u I will keep the "monotonous" 6.9k job and pickup a skill or hobby, u will regret later u found a more challenging job but paying u less.
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