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masonfan

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When I started my career 8 years ago, my dream was starting my own business in the future. However, my first job was an software engineer, I thought it would be nice to accumulate some experience and connections first. I became software lead after three years, then PM, then Assistant Manager in GM office. The last one is consider as an pre-entrepreneur in my mind since I worked closely with the general manager.

After 8 years, I learned one important fact which will change my life: I'm not a good candidate of starting my own business due to lacking for some important personalities, and actually, I don't even like to manage others.

So I went back to (non-degree) school to refresh my software knowledge, and try to go back to engineer trail.

However, there are some obstacles:
1. Time changed. My experience on software is considered old-fashion and my new skills are too shallow to be considered.
2. I cannot apply for "graduate" jobs even though I'm willing to. (they normally need someone graduated within 18 months)
3. Recruiters emphasize my last job, but it's totally not related to what I'm pursuing.
4. I don't mind to start over my career from an entry level job, but people tend to think that there must be some problems if I ask for an entry level job.

I really need some advise, thanks in advance.

Amanda Haddaway

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Tech skills can quickly become outdated because technologies are still changing at a rapid pace. Many people have found success in using MOOCs to brush up on an existing skillset or learn a new skill. You can find courses on these platforms that are low cost or even free. For some additional information, please reference this article: http://www.careerealism.com/enhance-existing-skills-mooc/

Many of the other items that you raised in your post can be explained in a cover letter that can accompany your resume or during a discussion with a recruiter. I don't think that any are barriers to employment, but you'll need to make sure the recruiters and hiring managers know that you're willing to do entry-level work since some candidates wouldn't be comfortable with doing that.

If you're finding that recruiters are looking at your last job too heavily, think about creating a functional resume that concentrates more on skills, rather than work experience. You might find that an alternative format gets you over that initial hurdle.
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masonfan,

You may be rightfully worried that your skills in software engineering are dated, but soft skills never go out of style. Here are a few posts we have on soft skills and how they could relate to your situation:

6 Intangible Skills That Can Get You Hired Today

Top 6 Critical Soft Skills For Job Seekers

How Do I Approach Soft Skills In An Interview?

Hopefully these help!

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