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At 28 years old, is it too late to start a career from scratch? Assuming no relevant job experience wrt to Diploma taken, and only with sales experience in the financial industry. ?

Which other career/industry would be a better choice? No strong passion in anything too.

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  • Steph Yeo
    Steph Yeo, Auntie Uncle Whisperer at Agency for Integrated Care
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 09 Aug 2018

    If there was one "good" career or industry, everybody will be there. Unfortunately there is no shortcut to life and nobody can point you in the one direction that you would absolutely excel in.

    What's "good" is in fact what's "good for you". And since we're not you, we won't know your preferences, habits, quirks, personality etc. Only you know all these.

    It is never too late to start anew. And if you're unhappy where you are now, it is probably worth it to start anew. You say you have no strong passion in anything, but then why are you questioning your career now? You must have some preferences that are not met at your current position.

    Take some time to reflect on your preferences and find job opportunities that match your preferences. They may come from various industries, and that's ok. Apply for those jobs, go for all the interviews you're called up for. Ask all the questions you want to see if your personality is a good fit.

    Finding something good for you could take some time. If you have commitments like a spouse, a property and/or children, you will have to seek support from your family as you go on this journey.

    Also give each job opportunity some time. You may not start off doing what you like, but over time you might like what you do.

    All the best!

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  • Teresa Wu
    Teresa Wu
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It's never too late to do a career switch! You never know what door might open for you and you might discover your passion along the way too. All the best!

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  • Jeff Yeo
    Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 30 Sep 2018

    Never to late to learn and never too late to change

    take part time courses, take a degree, self study online and offline

    you just have to be persistent to potential employers that you are willing to learn and can do that job.

    find your passion that will help guide your career path

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  • HC Tang
    HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
    Level 8. Wizard
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It's never too late.

    We see 80's grannies go study in Uni to complete her degree.

    We see Jap grannies do IOS programming do coding for apps and games

    We see our very own SG grannies play rock guitar at NDP!

    So, it's never too late! :)

    No relevant experience ? Nevermind.

    No passion ? Nevermind.

    Any industry that you like or interested in, will be a good start.

    Sales experience is what you need ultimately.

    This is becaus businses establish for the sole purpose of making $ (heck, even non-profit also have to make $ to do good).

    So every business will need sales person, someone who gather leads, make transactions happens.

    A company can survive without A/C, IT, Manager, Admin, Finance but a company can never survive without Sales! Even a startup or co - founder first skill is to know how to pitch to investor (which is SALES!)

    So go ahead and go thru linkedin, glassdoor and the job site , go network and talk to people. They would surely appreciate someone who can make sales happen!

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  • Ng Hui Qun
    Ng Hui Qun
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 11 Aug 2018

    Never too late to start anything. Just need to manage your expectation with regard to your starting pay in the new profession. It's the same for people in their mid careers doing a career switch. Find something you will enjoy (even if you are not passionate about it) so that work will not just be "work" per se.

    All the best! :)

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  • Pascal Samsoon
    Pascal Samsoon, MBA at Singapore Management University
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Updated on 03 Aug 2018

    Never too late.

    I started many times from scratch. I might start again in a few years. It might not be the most perfect career strategy but it is a risk to take.

    On to some pieces of advice...

    Some great starters...

    • Start by mapping out what motivates you (money? fun? friendship? ownership? long list...)
    • Understand what are the behaviours that suit you (your strengths, your skills, your personality...)
    • Maybe, look at where you are now and where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time...

    From all of the above 3 points, develop your strategy...

    "The only person who knows what is right for you is you"

    With regard to industry. Since you are not passionate about any specific industry, focused on your skillsets and intrinsinc motivations to find roles that could suit you. From there on, you could end up in a few industries. Join one and figure out along the way how to excel in that industry before moving to a new industry...

    Hope it helps

    Pascal from Time to first byte

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  • Nicholas Chan
    Nicholas Chan
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It is possible, u can get a degree to jump start.

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  • HC Tang
    HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
    Level 8. Wizard
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It's never too late.

    We see 80's grannies go study in Uni to complete her degree.

    We see Jap grannies do IOS programming do coding for apps and games

    We see our very own SG grannies play rock guitar at NDP!

    So, it's never too late! :)

    No relevant experience ? Nevermind.

    No passion ? Nevermind.

    Any industry that you like or interested in, will be a good start.

    Sales experience is what you need ultimately.

    This is becaus businses establish for the sole purpose of making $ (heck, even non-profit also have to make $ to do good).

    So every business will need sales person, someone who gather leads, make transactions happens.

    A company can survive without A/C, IT, Manager, Admin, Finance but a company can never survive without Sales! Even a startup or co - founder first skill is to know how to pitch to investor (which is SALES!)

    So go ahead and go thru linkedin, glassdoor and the job site , go network and talk to people. They would surely appreciate someone who can make sales happen!

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  • Jason Sin
    Jason Sin
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It is never to late to start a career. But with no relevant work experience, you may have to take a big pay cut. If you are young and single at 28, you may want to take a gamble. But if you are older and married with a family, you may have to seriously consider. Even if you could go hungry, your wife and children still need to eat. A family man has to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring the family is well taken of even if you seek a career change. This is my humble opinion. Hope it helps.

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    It's never too late! take some time to think about what you want and what you would be willing to do for years to come

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  • Jonathan Chia Guangrong
    Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 27 Sep 2018

    Not too late. I started around your age in the financial sales industry as well. Decided its not my cup of tea and went into financial operations instead. Maybe you can consider a similar route since you have this background? Ultimately you need to see what you are good at and start from there. Doesn't have to be your passion. Who knows? You may find your passion after you land a role. All the best.

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