We received this query today:
I am in a complete “limbo” situation at the moment.
· 45 Years old,
· never been married,
· no children,
· retrenched from a reasonably-paying management position just over a year ago (interior industry),
· now in a much more “scaled- down position” (…. with a “scaled-down” salary to go with it),
· never invested in property….
· Not likely to inherit much
· … and EXTREMELY concerned about my future …(I have literally 20 years to get myself together before I retire)
Studied part time: certificate and diploma wine courses
Textile designer in clothing industry
Interior Décor – own business – from design to installation including project managing
Six star Cruise ship (hospitality industry- abroad) housekeeping to reception (guest services)
Lived and worked in Austria in “pension” and bakery coffee shop for almost 1 year
Hospitality industry (Cape Town) – reservations manager and groups & events co-ordinator
Interior Décor – own business for 2 years
Showroom Manager of upmarket converter of home ware textiles in the Interior industry for 4 years (retrenched after company restructure)
Currently sales consultant for another upmarket converter of home ware textiles in the Interior industry
Due to my hospitality background, I have excellent organisational and co-ordinating skills which is something that is crucial, and can be applied, in any industry.
I obviously have a creative side, due to my design background.
Due to my sporadic change of industry, I have learnt to adapt quickly to different personalities, computer systems and company requirements, and as a result I see myself as a flexible and versatile professional person.
I also believe that my few years’ experience with the specific six star cruise ship company which I was employed by, helped shape my work ethics , attention to detail, awareness of service standards and efficiency.
What do you think? Is there a gap for me and my experience, however diverse it might be?
Your opinion and advise would be greatly appreciated.
PS: This concerns me: So in theory, I should now be more driven that ever in order to catch up and get back on the ladder. But that is exactly my problem! I don’t have the drive to do so.
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