What Is the Toughest Challenge Facing your Career?

What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career?
What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career?

What is the toughest challenge facing your career right now?

Post a detailed question regarding your challenges right now, and I will help you take care of them, once and for all!

How To Discover Your Passion?

Perhaps, your toughest challenge is …

  • How to choose the right career or
  • How to make a career change or
  • How to get an entry level job that is inline with your career goals

Regardless of the type of challenge facing your career, go ahead and post a detailed question regarding your challenge and I will answer it for you

How To Do The Work You Love?

Perhaps, your toughest challenge is …

  • How to become highly skilled at your job or
  • How to get suitable hands-on experience or
  • How to transition from a beginner or junior position to a senior-level job

Leave a detailed comment about your challenging career situation using the form below and I will answer it for you!

How To Take Your Passion To The Market?

Perhaps, the most challenging situation facing your career is …

  • How to rewrite your resume and/or cover letter, so you can get the job you want or
  • How to distinguish yourself from others in your industry, so that you can standout or get hired or
  • How to ace your job / technical interviews so that you can get jobs more easily …

Whatever your challenge, just go ahead and ask a question using the “comment form” below and I will answer it for you.

I may answer by writing a new article that addresses your concerns or by posting a comprehensive reply to your comment below.

The concern or challenge facing you is important to me, so go right away and post it as a comment on this page.

The sooner you ask that question, the sooner I can take care of it for you. So, let’s get started

53 Responses to "What Is the Toughest Challenge Facing your Career?"

  1. Oluwaseun Fawehinmi   December 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Hello Kingsley,

    Thanks so much for the interesting articles.

    I have the greatest challenge in my career as being a contract staff in a multinational company.

    Pls Note,in my country, contract jobs are not paid as in the advance countries.

    I’m an IT support officer tht joined the company 2yrs ago and ‘ve been doing the same thing for the past years.

    The IT department of my company is contracted out and joining the company as a full staff as always been my dream.

    There are opportunities for internal vacancies that allows contract staffs to apply.

    The transition from contract to full time staff

  2. ibrahim kayode   December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    i chose to learn programming (java) because people said it was tough.

    it was interesting at first but i kinda lost the passion for programming a while later (after i was satisfied i had overcome the toughness) and there’s also so many aspects of it and i dont know which area to specialize in.

    another problem is that i can learn anything and as such switching to another aspect in IT is not a problem but which one do i switch to ?

    • ITCareerCoach   January 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Choosing to learn a programming language like Java just because you know it is tough suggests that you need to re-examine your career.

      Start this process by answering the following questions:

      What do you really want to do with your life?

      What are your career goals and how do you plan to achieve them?

      Which programming language or technology will help you achieve your career goals: quickly, cheaply, effectively and why?

      What are your strengths and weaknesses?

      Until you take the time to to align your efforts with your goals / challenges, you will waste precious energy and time … kind of like what you are doing now!

  3. Andre   December 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

    The biggest challenge to my career is the fact that my skill set is obsolete.

    No one needs someone who’s “good with computers” anymore, since all the applications, nowadays, tend to be simple enough that even the most computer illiterate person can function without help.

    I need to get more advanced skills (preferably in software development rather than IT Help Desk Support, which is where my background is).

    And I’ve already invested in courses in .NET programming, but I still can’t get hired (not to mention pay back the loans for said education) because i “…don’t have enough experience…” even for so called “entry level” jobs.

    So now what?

    • ITCareerCoach   February 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      If you have some level of college education, preferably a college degree or at the minimum, a 2 year associates degree, then you are wasting your precious time and money taking on more educational loans or more college degrees!

      The reason why your additional college degrees are not working for you is that you are probably mixing up those crucial .NET Framework courses with a whole lot of other sorry to say useless courses … and at the end of the day, your focus is blunted, your time and attention is divided and your results are poor or mediocre at best.

      Stop wasting your time with more college degrees or with trying to learn a course like Microsoft .NET Framework in college. Most college courses will give lip service to .NET Framework and will also at the same time try to get you to learn Pascal, Cobol, Fortran, Java, C/C++ and in addition, algorithms and Computer Science.

      That is great, if you are twenty years old and you don’t have any responsibilities and you can afford to take the long detour / road.

      But if you have responsibilities, then that kind of approach is not going to work.

      You need to be laser focused. Focus on what works and spend all your time sharpening that.

      Spend at the minimum six (6) months, learning everything you can about ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server and.NET Framework … and you will be able to get a very good job because you will be good at that … versus slicing and dicing your time with a bunch of other things which is only going to get you mediocre results!

  4. Rohit V.Mulay   December 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I ahve graduated with a Graduate Degree(Masters in Information Systems) from an accredited US school. However. at present, I am working as an IT Business Development/Presales executive back in my home country, India.

    Moreover, I do have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science .

    However, I never liked programming and then decided to shift to sales/marketing area within IT after returning back to India. I am sure , I have good social, communication and writing skills required for any people oriented job. I am doing good at present in my current work profile.

    But my real liking lies in the areas like International issues, knowing more about other nations, culture, tourism etc.I have intense knowledge and interest in areas which require good knowledge about foreign countries, business environment etc. Sometimes I feel I should have had graduated with a Masters degree in International Business/Marketing/Geography rather than Technology related program.

    My main concern is that i haven’t been able to find my real work passion as I couldn’t get perfect opportunity due to various constraints like being an international student in the US, visa issues and at present, being in India, job market differs and job profle are different , except in areas like IT where job performed is more or less the same(e.g. programmer. analyst etc in US and India is mostly similar).

    Again, I do like my current profile in Business Development , but would rather appreciate if you can guide me more on my above said concerns.

    Please let me know if you need anything else from me. Would appreciate your help!


    • ITCareerCoach   January 17, 2012 at 2:44 am

      A masters degree in Information Systems from an accredited US School fulfills the educational requirements for most jobs but as you have found out … does not / cannot convey career satisfaction.

      You get career satisfaction by doing what you love. Which means get busy doing whatever makes you happy.

      You don’t need permission from another masters degree before you can do that … just start doing it!

      If you interest is in international tourism and culture, find a “Travel Agency” nearby and volunteer your time to the business owner.

      You will meet lots of international travelers and you will enjoy doing the work, if that is truly your passion.

      If you do that for a 6 months to 2 years, you will be in a better position to apply for a paying job.

      If you realize after a while, that you don’t like the job, then you have not wasted your time … only gained a better insight about your likes and dislikes.

      FYI: You can’t really become a Movie Star by reading about acting … you have to act in plays and star in roles at every opportunity. If you do that …. and you are really good at what you do, people will recommend you for bigger roles.

      So, this is January … stop making excuses and go after your dream!

  5. Marsha   December 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Many years ago, after I received my bachelor’s degree in computer science, I worked as a programmer for a few years.

    Then I got sidetracked into doing systems administration for nearly 20 years.

    I’ve become disenchanted with systems administration and I would like to go back to doing much more creative work as a software developer with the satisfaction of producing products.

    My social skills are not good enough to be a business analyst, project manager, or a manager since I’m so introverted.

    But as an older employee, even after taking programming courses at a local community college, I’m aware of age discrimination in the market.

    Employers would rather hire younger graduates at a lower pay level and see older coders as being so highly paid that they are the first to get laid off.

    Any advice for someone like me?

    • ITCareerCoach   December 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      You are accurate in your analysis. A Project management, business analyst or management job requires good / strong social skills … much more than what you will require for a computer programmer job.

      And you are quite right in describing a programmer’s job as the kind of job that makes uses of one creativity.

      However, the real reason why you are still not able to get a job; is not your age but your lack of marketable programming skills.

      See, taking programming courses is not enough to get you a job, even if you are young.

      It is not like there aren’t any young folks who have taken some programming courses and discovered that they are unable to get a job!

      It is not enough to take programming courses, you must:

      Marketable Skills
      Take programming courses in a language that is highly in-demand. If you take the wrong programming course, you will still find it hard to get a job regardless of your age.

      Programming Suite
      You also have to gain the right set of programming skills. Learning just one of the marketable programming skills may not be enough.

      For example, .NET Framework is a marketable, in-demand technology, but learning just .NET Framework is not enough.

      You will have to learn ASP.NET, .NET Framework, SQL Server and even some JavaScript and CSS to make sure that you know everything that is required.

      Hands-On Experience
      Learning is not enough, you must complement your knowledge / learning with some hands-on skills.

      I heard you mention that you have been through some programming courses but I do not hear you mention the tpes of projects you have worked on.

      I just mentioned a few of the reasons why getting a job may be hard for you … but trust me, there are many more.

      So, be careful about assuming that your troubles are due to age discrimination. Why age discrimination may play a apart … there are probably other bigger, more important factors that are negatively impacting your career.

      Find each of them and take care of them and you will have a good success!


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