Article from The Straits Times (http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/right-skills-key-to-successful-job-switch)
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In the fast-paced information and communications technology (ICT) sector, where things move at a blistering pace, you risk falling behind if you stay still.
Pre-sales consultant Francis Leo, however, is one man who is determined to catch up.
Mr Leo, 49, ran operations at a firm in the fast-moving consumer goods sector for several years until it closed in 2012. He took a break and did part-time work before looking for a full-time role in 2015.
“I soon realised it was a bit tough to find a job, and the market had changed. I didn’t get responses for many openings. I’d say my age was a factor, but there are other reasons too, like your previous position,” said Mr Leo, who has a degree in mechanical engineering.
Armed with sales and marketing skills, he decided to move into a different sector, and discovered the ICT Professional Conversion Programme (PCP), which offers a Place-and-Train route.