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I'm a student of Independent University, Bangladesh. Here I'm studying in computer science (7th semester). Now I realize that I have to know some thing practical about it. That is why I want to do a part time job in any computer firm to learn some thing practical. Could you please suggest me how I can get this type of job?
Answer
Hi,
I think you have made a very good decision by planning to get some hands on experience in software development while completing your graduation. You have not mentioned anything about your currenct programming skill. If you don't posess any particular skill that are demanded in the market you might face some problems in getting part time jobs. My suggestion to you would be to get some programming skills like Visual C++, Visual Basic, ASP, PHP, HTML, XML etc. and look for part time jobs. Also at this stage please do not consider too much about payment. Join in a good IT firm where you can learn things and you will have some responsibilty (I would suggest you to offer your free service to any good IT firm if they agree to give you some project jobs). Please remember that , after you get your graduation, it will be your experience rather that your certificate value that will be more important. I hope the above piece of advice will be helpful to you.
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BDJOBS.COM CAREER EXPERT

Question
Dear Expert

My background: I am an Electrical and Electronic Engineer. I received my B. Sc. Engineering degree (1st Class) in 1992 and M. Sc. Engineering Degree (GPA 3.66/4) in 1998 with major in Telecommunication (in the field of Digital Signal Processing). I am working in a Govt. organization since 1995 as an Electrical and Electrical Engineer as a member of BCS Cadre. Side by side I worked hard as part time computer system engineer from January 1996 to March 1999. From April 1999 I am working independently as a Computer Network Engineer (consultant) and from July 2000 as part time lecturer on 'Communication System Management' in a reputed local NCC affiliated institution. From July 2000 a senior boss of my Govt. organization picked up me from field office to head office for implementing some Computer Network based projects in various field offices in Dhaka. I have designed two such IT projects successfully which are under implementation stage.
My problem: I want to leave Govt. job as there is financial problem due to poor salary structure and after serving more than seven years it became clear to me that there is no career in Govt. service except corruption. It is not possible to compromise with the corruption. I work hard in Govt. service. Therefore, I am suffering from mental depression that I have lost a lot of time in Govt. sector. Now how I can get releif from this problem become a serious matter to me. However, I can't find any path. How can I switch over to IT industry as a full pledger IT professional? My CV is enclosed for your kind information. Don't publish my name please.
F, Dhaka

Answer
Dear Mr. F,

Thank you for contacting bdjobs.com. I am really impressed about your academic qualification and your experience. I can very well understand your frustration about govt. jobs. A lot of people face same problems like you. I can think of 2 career options for you. One is , you can switch to programming line as you might have already planned and got some training. But my suggestion to you in this regard will be to look for foreign jobs (by H1B Visa or any other ways) if you want to make a career of Software professional, because local markets will be very crowded within a very short time. Also there might be some age gap between you and the currently available market programmers. If you want to stay in Bangladesh , then I would suggest you to join any Private Telecom company. Do you know one thing? Mobile telecom companies like GrameenPHone, Citicell, TM International are finding it very difficult to hire experienced people in telecommunication. I am sure that with your background you can get a very good job in some of these companies (for the positions of System Engineers etc.). There will be some heavy private sector investment in telecommunication sector within a couple of years. Companies will be looking for experienced people in this sector. So to me, there is a very good opportunity for you in this sector. Just for the information.. recently GrameenPhone has come to an agreement with bdjobs.com for Online Recruitment. After the agreement , a number of Engineering jobs has been posted at bdjobs.com for GrameenPhone. It is also expected that in the coming months GrameenPhone will post job vacancy again for System Engineers. I suggest you to visit our site periodically and look for GrameenPhone Jobs at the site. Also you can explore better job opportunities in other telecom companies.To my knowledge the salary structure in these telecom companies are very attractive. To end, My suggestion to you would be: please make a long term goal before switching to other job or your discipline. I hope the above piece of advice will be helpful in making your important career decision.

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I am a student of MBA of a private university of Bangladesh. before admitted into the institute I completed my B.SC(pass) degree under national university.I have also completed "office package" computer course.now what training /courses should I attain.please inform me.
Thanks.
moin

Answer
Dear Moin,

Thanks for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. This is very good that you have completed Office Package as well as you're pursuing MBA. At this stage what we suggest is first you plan about your career objective. If you want to be purely an IT guy you may concetrate on MIS as well as have thorough knowledge and certification on different software like Java or Oracle and so on. Or if you want to pursue a career mostly as a business professional yet want to have some software knowledge, you can still think of havining training on those. Remember the combination of an MBA with good IT knowledge could be a very demanding one in the job market. To know the details on which Training Center to go for, please visit our training section at www.bdjobs.com.
Best Luck
Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

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Dear sir,
I am very pleased with this communication for issueing career counseling. First of all I like to thank you and your people involved in this very useful and helpful field. I am a graduate in Chemical Eng. from a middle class family. I have a willingness for higher studies. Can you please inform which field would be a perfect match for a B.Sc chemical Eng. for higher studies? If you already have any necessary information about chemical Eng. inform me what I can do now to build my career in chemical Eng. to get a well paid job in here or abroad. That is, please advise me, what can I do next to build my career? I will be appreciating your every efforts regarding the valuable advises.
Thanks with regards.
Shoibal

Answer
Dear Shoibal,

Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com career expert panel. It is good that you want to do further study. In case of a career in Bangladesh higher education in chemical Eng. is unlikely to add any substantial value however in the long run it may help you. In case of teaching profession however, you must have higher study in addition to a good record in B.Sc. engineering. If you want to have a career abroad then it's good you plan to have your higher study abroad. USA could be good choice.
Best Luck.
Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

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I am a student of 3rd year (hons), department of geology, Dhaka unive rsity. Now I am learning "e-commerce master" at world wide web institute.My result in my Dept.is satisfactory.But in our country Geologists are not getting the satisfactory jobs, fort his reason I took a diseation to learn computer.Please tell me if I am doing the right thing. Anonymous

Answer
Hi,

Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. It's good to hear you are pursuing e-commerce study along with your Geology Study. You're just doing the right thing in a sense Employment Opportunity in IT sector is extraordinarily higher than that of any field. However, we suggest you also to continue your Geology study as it will help you to have blend of a rare combination which might help you in the long run.
Best Luck,
BDJOBS.COM CAREER EXPERT

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I have passed B.Sc Engineering from Electrical and Electronic department in Chittagong BIT this year.My CGPA is 2.99.So what is best for me to do now.Will I get any job?

Answer
Hi,

Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. You can plan to enter the job market or you can plan to have further study abroad. All depend upon how you're planning to go ahead. If you want to enter the Job market now, definitely you'll get a job. To get the job information related to your filed you may create a job agent at bdjobs.com which will instantly inform you as soon as any related vacancy ad gets posted at bdjobs.com. You can also post your resume at bdjobs.com Online Resume Bank where registered Companies are searching for the talents regularly.
Best Luck,
Bdjobs.com Career Expert

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I have completed my MBA and M.Com in Marketing. I have 4 years experience in Sales & Marketing. Last year I switched my job from a sales & marketing company to a IT company. In my new company first few months I was involved in sales and marketing related issues but recently I have to involve in the technical side as well. Since I am not technically sound so it's very difficult for me to participate in to the technical discussion. But my position demands that and as a matter I am running out my interest on my job. Please suggest me under these circumstances what would be my course of action.
Roney

Answer
Dear Roney

Thanks for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. As you don't have any IT degree however you need to attend the IT related issues in your organization, we suggest you to start on the job study related to the issues you are dealing with. We strongly believe you can make it. Your M.com Degree as well as MBA degree (how many of our country have more that one post-graduate degree?) tell us if you give a try to learn more of the tecnical thing of the IT related issues you will be able to manage your work successfully. What you need is determination along with some relevant IT books. Just start from now. We bet, you will be able to make it!
Best Luck
Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

Question:
Nazmul Hossain Shahin
I am a student of 3rd year (Hon's), department of geology, Dhaka university. Now I am learning "e-commerce master" at World Wide Web institute. My result in my Dept. is satisfactory. But in our country Geologists are not getting the satisfactory jobs, for this reason I took a decision n to learn computer. Please tell me, am I doing the right thing.

Answer
Dear Nazmul,

Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. It's good to hear you are pursuing e-commerce study along with your Geology Study. You're just doing the right thing in a sense Employment Opportunity in IT sector is extraordinarily higher than that of any field. However, we suggest you also to continue your Geology study, as it will help you to have blend of a rare combination, which might help you in the long run.
Best Luck,
BDJOBS.COM CAREER EXPERT

Question:
Anis
I am a graduate civil engineer from BUET. But I have no interest on civil engineering. So I decided to change my profession and switches to IT. Now I am a faculty member of Grameen Star Education Centre, Agrabad for E-tech track. What should be my next step for developing my career in IT field?
Answer
Dear Anis,

Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com career counseling section. In the IT field you have a number of options open. However which one to choose depends on your interest. If you want to be a programmer you can have plan for certification like Java or Oracle. You can also think of E-commerce related courses. In all cases it would be good if you can have a handful of practical experience. You can also think for studying abroad on IT field.
Best luck
Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

Question:
Anonymous

I am a BBA with 3 year of work experience. I am working as an Executive Assistant to an Ex- partiate in a Buying office. Last month he told me that he has got not enough assignments for me to keep me occupied and I should go and look for jobs else where. After hearing this I reseigned and presently I am looking for new jobs but the problem the offcer that I am geting are offering me a paypacket which are less than what I am getting. Please advice what to do. Will it be ok to go for less paying jobs or wait for good offers to come.

Answer

Hi,
Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. We are feeling sorry for your situation. However we strongly feel you have nothing to be worried and you will be able to get your deserving job very soon. About the offer you are presently getting we suggest you compare it in terms of job description not in terms of pay. Ultimately that will pay you off when you want to switch to a better job. From your writing we feel your job nature in the new organization will be more or less same. In this situation we suggest you accept the new offer as being employed is better than job less interms of selfconfidence while you search for another job.
Best Luck
Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

Question:
Anonymous

I am with a shipping company for last 5 years ,completed my MSS from the department of international relations, now i am working with sales department & doing well, I have the adquate computer knowledge of Ms2000. My question is what should i do for my further development of my carrer as company is recruiting more MBA's with high initial salary. Should i change my career after serving 5 years.

Answer

Hi, Thank you for your query at bdjobs.com Career Expert Panel. In the current business world employers are more and more hiring business graduates rather than the graduates from other subjects as business graduates are more familiar with the business issues compared to the graduates from other subjects. We suggest you also to pursue a business degree like MBA, if you can manage time. This in the long term will benefit you in case of career progression. However if you can't manage time or money to go for an MBA degree you still can study informally on the different business related subject. This will pay you off in terms of self confidence and broader knowledge on different business related issues. Regarding switching your present job, its better to keep your eyes open for a better opportunity specially after serving for a long time. Best luck Career Expert, Bdjobs.com

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