I'm currently in a dilemma, and have no-one to share my thoughts with to help find a solution!
I've got an interview tomorrow for a new job. Admin. Not what I want. But it is where I want. Financial Planning firm, specialising in High Net Worth.
I am 24, dropped out 3/4 through an IT degree, have 3 years of banking background, where I was promoted 4 times, and blocked from 2 further promotions due to new HR rules (must stay in 1 position for 12 mths, no matter how well you are doing). So I quit, and decided to work in family Building Business. Not enjoying as much as I would like, but I get lots of freedom, but plenty of boredom.
Now, I am 1/2 way through my Dip.Financial Planning. This is what I want to do. Paraplanning, to be specific.
I have spoken with 2 other firms, who both basically gave me jobs, after several meetings and interviews. Neither were advertising, I just approached. On both occasions, despite telling me that I'd be good and I'll be starting on $abc for the first year, then $xyz for the 2nd year, when it come time to sign the contract, they 'put it off' for another 6 months. Review conditions and business levels....
So, brings me to the interview. They want someone Admin. Do all the paperwork of Life Policies/Fund Managers. Book all appointments. Schedule and plan seminar nights. Answer the phone. Obtain payments from clients. They want someone who has done DFP1. They want someone with background. My problem - they want this person to clean the kitchen. They want this person to do all those receptionist type jobs. They want this person to work for less than $40,000/yr.
So, these other companies offered me Junior paraplanner roles @ $55k, but didn't deliver. I have been on $45k since 2004.
Is it worthwhile dropping back to $40k, taking an Admin job (not being sexist, but it sounds like it is tailored for a female employee) then trying to internally gain a promotion to Paraplanner in the next 12-18mths when I complete Diploma?
I just don't want to be seen as a unvalued, uneducated, Admin type employee capable of only remedial jobs and not worthy of a promotion - ever. It's frustrating that past experience at a major bank seems to count for nothing!
That said, no-one believes I can do a SOA.....? Maybe I should do the remedial work for a while....
Sorry for the rant. Thanks for reading!