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GUY EARNING $6.2K/MTH IN PUBLIC SECTOR, BUT WORK IS “MOVING VERY SLOWLY”

“Hi everyone, first time posting here and am hoping to have a discussion on the topic of job-hopping.

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Background about myself:

– Graduated in 2020 with a mech. engine degree

– 1st career: consulting services sales (~4.1k/mth) at MNC, stayed for 5 months and left because I didn’t enjoy sales and it was extremely stressful. Wanted to be more analytical.

– 2nd career: Senior Business Analyst at MNC(~4.8k/mth excluding AWS, and 1-3 months performance bonus), stayed for 8 months and left because I felt I wasn’t learning much and did not have the opportunity to learn proper BA techniques.

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– Current role: Business Analyst at government stat board (~6.2k/mth, excluding 1-5 months performance bonus), close to 7 months in.

Issue with current employment:

For those that work in the public service, you might share the same sentiments that things move EXTREMELY slowly due to approval processes and because we are using tax payer’s money etc.

My project is in the early stages and am currently getting approval for funding. In the meantime, I’m drafting proposals and preparing tender documents. The project is to begin implementation by middle of FY23.

The job is quite cushy (too cushy at times). Others might think it’s a good thing, but being too comfortable is a discomfort for me. I’ve tried to take on more challenges but there are none available for me to get my hands dirty.

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To occupy myself, I’m picking up new skills during my free time to ensure I remain employable.

Dilemma:

I was approached by an MNC for the role of a Data Analyst. I am currently interviewing with them and at the final stages. The estimated remuneration would be ~8k/mth, no AWS and no perf bonus. Salary increment 10-15%/year.

I understand that job-hopping does not look good on the resume. But so far, all my ‘hops’ have been for more senior roles and never a downgrade.

Question for others: what would you do if you were me? My career goal would be to become more analytical and groom my skills in data analyses. Salary package is another factor as well.

However, how would this impact my career in the long run? Will recruiters see me as a job hopper? This shouldn’t be a concern if the recruiter is the one who reached out and not the other way around – me applying for a new job. How would this affect my changes getting into the big tech firms (MANGA)?

What’s the best course of action? Thanks!”

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