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How can I use my experience for a career change?

 
#1 How can I use my experience for a career change?
17/07/2010 20:31

VegasVegas

Hi there! I need your help!!!

The reason I am writing to you is to ask for consulting and counseling as far as job searching is concerned.

I have been working for the Greek public sector for five years and I am currently seeking for a new career path. My aim is to find a position in a company or an organization in Zurich. Yet, I find the process of job hunting extremely difficult, as the public sector in Greece operates in a totally different way from private companies in Switzerland and the experience gained there is not easily presented in an attractive way for multinational companies. I am, thus, giving you a brief description of my experience and I would like you to provide me with possible job roles that I could search for (specific keywords for Google) taking my current working experience into account.

I obtained a BSc. in Applied Informatics from the University of Macedonia (UOM) (2002) in Greece and an MSc. in Information Systems from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) (2005) Upon completing my studies, I started working for the Greek Ministry of Education and Lifelong Learning.

First, I worked for one year as a state school teacher of Computer Science working both with adolescent and adult students.

Then, I was seconded for one year to the Financial Department of the Ministry where I was a member of team whose main task was to issue the monthly payroll for all Greek academic institutes.

Since 2007 I have been working for the Department of Greek Education Abroad and Intercultural Education which is considered to play a leading role among other Departments in the Ministry displaying a wide range of tasks and procedures. The main goal of the particular department is the coordination and support of Greek education abroad. It deals with administrative issues the main one being that of appointing teaching staff in schools abroad. To that purpose the Department is responsible for conducting each year three different “panhellenic” competitions for the selection of teaching and administrative staff who will be working in schools and diplomatic services abroad. The Department also provides the Ministerial Board and all decision-making parties with statistical data and generally acts as an intermediary between the Ministry and the Greek diplomatic services abroad. There are two IT persons in the Department who are in charge of its computerization. My role is versatile.

More specifically:

 I offer technical support whenever needed

 I am developing a new website for the department using Joomla

 I take part in the phases of: requirements gathering, analysis and testing of information systems, which are developed by a private company for the aforementioned staff-selecting competitions

 I am in charge of collecting, validating and providing the ministry with critical statistical data concerning the number of teachers, schools and students abroad – a task of utmost importance.

In the Greek public sector most of the software projects are developed by private companies. The particular web application I administer to collect statistical data is developed by a private company and is based on a L.A.M.P.P. platform. (Linux, Apache, MySQL, php). It is noteworthy that I started working with the particular system, while it had been already “running” for a couple of years. I would like to emphasize the problems I had to face while working with the system:

• I had to renegotiate the contract with the private company in a more effective way for the Ministry

• I had to go back to the stage of the requirements analysis, so as to set the requirements in a more structured way and to add new requirements, according to the changes in legislations and in management procedures

• I had to act as an intermediary between the greek diplomatic services and the private company transferring the complaints and needs of each party to the other

• I had to find out the problems in the design of the queries working in close collaboration with the private company, because they produced wrong results

• I had to change the way that the periodical update of the data was conducted (which up to then was done through Excel Spreadsheets)

• I provided customer support to the 28 Greek diplomatic services, who were obliged to add, modify, delete the data of the application

• I had to check the reliability of the data entered in the system

In sum, I have managed to computerize and organize the whole process enabling it to become a cost-effective and time-saving procedure. The Department is now able to use the web application to export integrated data for producing reports, charts and tables and providing the decision-making parties in the Ministry with accurate and meaningful information on time.

any recommendation?What can I do with this experience?

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#2 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 01:10

fb to VegasVegas (#1)

With your background and experience, you should probably be looking at Accenture. Emphasis the word 'solution' as much as you can in the interview process.

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#3 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 08:31

Mars A Day to VegasVegas (#1)

You've written all that, yet cannot work out possible job roles? Good grief.

I hope - for your sake - you have not written a CV like this. Your tone is one of a petulant individual who reluctantly performed a series of basic administrative tasks. You might want to work on how you present yourself and your experience. The repetitive 'I had to' and flagging up the problems, not the solutions.

As it is I wouldn't hire you.

Also the fact that despite writing such a long and detailed post about your experience yet cannot even work out a bunch of keywords for Google frankly is astonishing. While you are looking at the way you come across in your CV, perhaps you should also look at what you have actually learned in your career so far. Was thinking one of them?

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#4 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 11:05

baykus to Mars A Day (#3)

Mars is a bit harsh, but his attitude reflects what employers would feel if they spoke to you.

People are not going to spoon feed you how to write your CV and pitch your experience - being able to figure that out is frankly going to be considered by most to be a basic requirement for someone who wants to become a consultant. If you can't figure out how to do it, you don't understand the job anyway.

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#5 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 16:45

Mars a Day to baykus (#4)

That wasn't even close to being harsh.

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#6 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 16:47

Mars A Day (The real one) to Mars a Day (#5)

That last post wasnt by me, but whoever the imposter was they are right - I was being gentle.

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#7 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 16:50

Mars a Day to deleted (#0)

This post is definitely by me.

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#8 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
19/07/2010 16:56

P to deleted (#0)

I agree. I just agree.

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#9 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
20/07/2010 10:55

Bob to P (#8)

VegasVegas,

What happened, did the Greek state pensions dry up?

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#10 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
20/07/2010 11:19

anon to Bob (#9)

So the UK ones are doing better?

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#11 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
21/07/2010 22:02

VegasVegas to Mars a Day (#7)

You are so hard, but I accept it. I don't even want to send my CV anywhere.!!!!!

What I posted was not my CV anyway!!!I m not that stupid!!!!

Thank you anyway for your response

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#12 RE: How can I use my experience for a career change?
22/07/2010 09:54

Chaka Kahn to VegasVegas (#11)

Erm - I think you ARE that stupid....

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