Is it OK to work in the field you have not studied

Malaysia
April 25, 2009 7:21am CST
Hi everybody I am a graduate in Biotechnology and are currently working in a call centre as a customer service execustive. Basically I choosed this job while waiting for a job related to my field of study. However it has been 2 years since I graduated and every interview I attend I am being turned down. the reason is because they cants affort the pay I get from the call centre job. I agree I earn double in call centre but I am fine with the less pay they are offering as my passion is in the field I have pursued. Sometimes I would just feel like giving up and just be where I am but my heart says GO FOR SOMETHING ELSE!! What am I suppose to do? Thanusha
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19 responses
@jkatmaou (195)
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
I am also in the call center industry and I agree that it pays double than what you would get for your course related job. in your interviews, do they ask how you would feel if the salary is lower than what you're already receiving? i have gone through the same issue before, so instead of indicating my current salary whenever asked in application forms or even in my resume, i always put expected salary negotiable. follow your heart. don't just stay on the job for the sake of doing it because you're expectedto. sooner or later, you'll get burned out and you'll realize you wasted a lot of time being mechanical about your job.
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@Ozarkgirl (774)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Money cannot buy you happiness, only your passions can bring you true fulfilling happiness, so I say go for your passions and never give up trying because one day you will get the job you are applying for in your field of passion. Good Luck!!
• Malaysia
25 Apr 09
Hi Ozarkgirl You are right with your opinion. I am feeling very depresed for this few months. I even cry when I be turned down in an interview. I do not want to leave the job I currently working to tell them I am unemployed cause it will then be hard for me to settle my commitments if I do not get a job soon. I even get rejected for not being experience. Cant those Human Resource managers get something into their mind. How to be experienced if you dot give an opportunity. Its very depressing. I tear out everytime thinking of my future. Thanusha
• Malaysia
27 Apr 09
Thank you very much Ozarkgirl. You gave me alots of advice that I should consider and after reading it I feel confident to apply for a new job with a better resume and cover letter. I will try my level best to impress them by preparing the best one. Thank you very much for the website that I can refer. Thanks again Thanusha
• United States
27 Apr 09
You Are Very Welcome!!
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
As for me, i spent five years studying agricultural engineering but i was never given the chance to practice what i learned in that field. I tried some other jobs until i was hired as a casual employee in the postal service. I learned to love my work and i am a postmaster now having gained the trust and confidence of my superiors. I am just grateful that even though several doors have been shut on my face and blocked me somewhere, this big window opened and gave me the opportunity to gain new knowledge. When i started the salary was just minimum, no work no pay. But now and with a husband who has the same work as mine the combined salaries we receive is enough for us to live a simple, comfortable life. With the way things are going now, those five years i spent in college has not gone wasted because they also gave me my diploma as a college graduate which was a tool for me then to take the civil service exam which in turn made a way for me to meet the qualifications that got me in this job in the first place. So for me, this is where i really belong...in the world of communication. Hi, thanusha! Keep going...coz when the going gets tough, the tough keeps going!
• Malaysia
27 Apr 09
Hi alexandra I really understand how u have felt when you did not get a chance to practice in the field you have pursued. I am glad that you eventually found a job that have made you happy earning. Thanks alot alexandra. I will keep on trying till I achieve Thanusha
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
^_^
@charblaize (1028)
• United States
25 Apr 09
It is hard to get the position that you have studied for especially with the economy the way it is. I have a friend that went to school for computers and has a degree in computer technology and you would think that this is a popular degree and she is working as housekeeping in a Nursing home. Just don't give up and keep striving toward your goal. I am continuing education in nursing and most that have the same schooling as i do are Nurse Techs, but everytime i try to find a position they say i need a certificate. I know how you feel......don't let it get you down, just remember that your "special" position just hasn't found you yet and things happen for a reason. Good Luck and I wish you the best.
• Malaysia
27 Apr 09
Hi charblaize. Yes you are right. Our world economic is not so good and hence these job may not be demanding. Just hoping for everything so subside. Thank You very much for your advice. Thanusha
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
Go for what will make you happy.maybe you can take sidelines related to your course or passion.sooner or later, you can turn these sidelines to full time jobs.don't give up.it's never too late to be who what we want us to be.
• Malaysia
27 Apr 09
Hi. Thanks for sharing your opinion with me. Its very much appreciated. Thanusha
• China
25 Apr 09
I reckon that it is ok to work in the field that is different from what we have studied in university.Take the case of me,i majored in mechanics but worked as a workshop director in a transnational corporation which produces printed circuit board for the first year after my graduation,then in the second year i started to engage in a job for after sale service,and seven month later i changed my work again.This time i worked as a primary software porgrammer,and from then on i have not changed it any more.
• Malaysia
25 Apr 09
Hi I do see alot of people doing this. One of my friend studied engineering and working as a taxi driver and his brother who studied computer software working to sell vegetables. I have deep interest in research and science. I wish to have a chance in the field I have studied. Thanks alot for the advice Thanusha
@surajben (262)
• India
26 Apr 09
It doesn't matter what we have studied and what we do. In today's world money does matter. If you are not having problems with your current job then why think of another option. When you have a high salary, it will not be easy for you to adjust with a salary that is half of what you are getting.
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
These days of financial crisis, there are a lot of graduates who are working not in their chosen fields especially at call centers. Actually, I am a license engineer but my longest job experience is being a production supervisor and I am happy with it. And now, I am into blogging and Internet marketing which is really far from being an engineer. I think it's just fine to work not related to your course as long you enjoy it and your salary is sufficient enough.
@maiann (29)
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
you will have a hard time getting a job with the same paying benefits you had with the all center ..... the reason why you are being turned down by the prosective employer you are encountering is that maybe because of your previous high salary that they think that even if it is okay for you to accept their offer they think that maybe in the months to come you will leave them because of the low salary you are receiving.... of course you agree with their offer when you enter the company or accepted the job but when you are already in the company and it doesnt meet your needs like your salary is not sufficient enough in your existing expenses you have to look for a better one .... thats what the employer doesnt want .... good luck in your job hunting .....
@sanuanu (11237)
• India
26 Apr 09
Why do you show your call centre experience to the interview and if you show then why do you say that you are getting that much salary. Just tell them that you are not woking anywhere and you are looking to get your career started with biotech companies. Would that not be working? Are you in Delhi?
@agv0419 (3028)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
As long you have job even if it is not related to your field. Now that we experience crisis I think we don't need to be choosy anymore when it comes to work. Grab every opportunity because it is also a new experience for us to try everything. You can be successful in other field but if you think you are not happy anymore give it up. I hope you gonna find a job that you want in the future.
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Well, you might have to fudge your resume a bit if it's only the money thing that is keeping these companies from hiring you. I understand their fear, though. they see what you are making and they think that if they hire you, you are going to miss the money and leave them high and dry. But now at 2 years, especially with a science related degree, you are starting to be in danger of being to far removed in time from your field. that is, if you are no longer taking classes in it or you are not working in your field at all. If you can't find a job, I'd take a graduate class to keep active in the field.
@jldg25 (3)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
Live your life the way you want it. Money won't buy happines but it can help. It depends on your values and the people who surround you I guess. Make a choice that will make you truly happy in the end.
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
25 Apr 09
It's not about the money. its about what makes you happy. Can you get by on what they will pay if you accept a job in your field of training. if so then go for it. eventually you will end up making more money than the call center work. As long as I can make a living then I would go for what makes me happy.
@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
25 Apr 09
It happens but the main thing is that due to recession it is bad condition and the job openings for freshers are shrunken up to a very large extent. Even I had a same experience, I worked as a sales executive (product specialist) and now I am getting offers of Business Development Executives but I am going there actually I left my job in December and tried to find some job in my field. I am Graduate in Computer Science even I got few jobs but they were salary around 2.5 times less than my previous salary and even they were asking to sign a bond for two years but I want to do MCA either part-time or full-time so I just refused that offer.
@EmpressM (61)
• China
25 Apr 09
I think it depends on what work you are going to do.Some work like deliver milk and post newspaper doesn't need too much skills.Everyone can do it.So if you are working in such field.I think it is not necessary whether you have studied it.But if you are going to be an engineer,or a lawyer,or a teacher,I think it is necessary to make sure that you have studied something about your job and are adequate to it.
@umamahe (99)
• India
25 Apr 09
Dear thanusha.. i would suggest you to switch over to a new job of your interest..ultimately if you are not satisfied with your current job how much ever you earn dont wont be satisfying..please confirm with a new job take guarantee from your new employer before quitting your present one.. don't worry things will start falling into place once you settle with a job of your interest..
@SHAMRACK (8525)
• India
25 Apr 09
Dear friend, I hope that field or profession one enjoy in working is most better. Moreover if the eonocmic condition of that person or family bit down I hope it would be better to be in good field neverthless to the studied field but to do the work much sincerely and get a better output. I hope it entirely depends upon the statisfaction and the reward one gets from their profession. I hope it may not have any much relation ship to their studies until that person has deep intention to be professional in what the field studied.
@prinzcy (5042)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 09
I think it's ok to work outside the field that you're studying. Sometimes you have to adjust yourself with the current situation, especially in this hard time of global economy crisis. I am not saying you should stop pursuing your dream. You can still chase it, in the mean time, find yourself a job available so you may be able to support yourself.