I was an R&D engineer in a mobile phone company for 3 years, but found the work tiring and uninteresting. Plus, the salary isn’t high and I didn’t feel I was developing, so I quit the job. I don’t want to do my previous work again, but don’t know what else I can do now?
Zhishang Career Expert Answer：
When you say you don’t want to do your previous work again, does that mean you don’t want to do R&D engineering work again, or you don’t want to do engineering work at all anymore. For example, there are many other engineering jobs that aren’t R&D-related. With your background you can also pursue engineering jobs in sales, manufacturing, production, quality control, or customer service if you want.
Or is it that you want to get out of engineering completely? For instance, I began my career also working in R&D as a product design engineer. My problem was that any engineering job was not interesting to me. As a result, I left the entire field of engineering and began pursuing a business career.
No matter if you do something engineering-related or completely different though, the first step is identifying what it is you actually like doing. For instance, do you like dealing with people, analyzing problems, planning and organizing things, working individually, or as part of a team? Are you fundamentally interested in technology or business, building things or managing things? These are some basic questions you need to answer.
From what you describe, you’re still very early in your career. And if you did R&D engineering work, you must be pretty smart. While you may have to start again at an entry level if you pursue something different, don’t worry. Whether it’s something that leverages your engineering background or that’s completely new, your professional experience and clearer mindset should help you catch up to your previous level fairly quickly.
The key is to find something that gets you excited and that you’re really interested in. It’s amazing how fast you can become good at something that you enjoy and are motivated to do well. That’s the biggest factor that will impact your success.
At this stage of your career, just try to pursue things in the overall direction you want to go that involve doing things you’re more interested in. Compared to what you did before, that’s already a better start to having a more enjoyable and successful career. Good luck with whatever you decide to pursue next!