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I want to get opinions from a multitude of people from different backgrounds as I have been hitting a brick wall.
Here are my questions in advance:
1. Will getting an MBA help me to cross to a different industry?
2. Rather than getting a focus on International Sales, which is my main interest and experience, should I focus on something more mainstream like Finance, MIS, Management of Technology?
3. Do Graduate Certificates (e.g. in MIS) really carry any weight versus a Bachelors?
4. Besides writing good cover letters, how can I convey to employers in other industries that I am willing to start lower in title and salary?
Here is my history:
11 years at a medical consumables company working up from Marketing Assistant to Marketing Director. Hugely successful in developing international sales.
3 years at medical device company working as Director of International Sales. Pulled into corporate marketing as I had tons of experience. Very successful in both areas in increasing sale and bettering the marketing activities.
2 years experience consulting (contract marketing) for medical areas
Here are my innate talents:
One particular expertise that I didn't develop that is hurting me is that I didn't get experience in U.S. sales (e.g. Territory Manager)
Here is the situation:
My company imploded in 09 and laid off pretty much all middle management. No one was hiring at that time so I started doing some contract stuff (market assessments, product feasibilities/management, etc). Of course this won't pay all the bills or provide a healthy income but it does show (and I can prove) that I haven't been idle.
There are very few medical device companies in Houston so it is not a healthy market for my 16 years of experience. IF, now IF I had U.S. sales experience, then it is a rich market.
I have tried to change industries but my previous Director titles (and salary levels) probably inhibit me tremendously even though I am more than happy to start lower (I truly enjoy moving up and learning).
Any help or insight is GREATLY appreciated! I missed the Clear Lake mixer as I had a committment but I also don't know if it is an environment that is healthy for job networking rather than business networking.