Saturday, November 28, 2015

Work for yourself

Its been more than 7 years working in industry and 5 small or big companies I've been part of, each having its own distinct culture and way of operating. In this piece, won't be discussing on culture though but how my thinking has evolved after being part of these companies.

After college it was typical to make choices based on compensation and easy to get carried away in a profession where you do not belong. A costly mistake, not only in terms of money but also as it affects your mental well being over time. The future career either becomes tough to handle or you are compelled to start all over again. The power of compounding and sticking to what you want to do is always the best bet to take.

Most employees are liabilities on the firm just because they pretend to be what they are not. They do not want to be actually there. This is true for employees even at mid-senior levels. A trend that I've observed is most of the top brass in a company is very committed, focused and clear in its goals.

The point that I wish to highlight to who are relatively new to the industry is never take a job because of money only, if you cannot do justice to it or you do not want to be a part of the work that people inside are doing. You waste valuable time, invite negativity, risk your reputation, end up with little achievements and poor results which might not be a reflection of your true self and capabilities. More often than not you would not end up with good relationships as well. Just as you choose your friends choose a job and work life which you would love to be a part of. Remember even if it pays slightly less it would be far more rewarding in longer term. Easier said than done though, but if you can please do it for yourself. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Staying back is staying back

I always thought giving a fight is good and arbitrage was something which dies out pretty soon and not something worth going for. Recently I've begin to question my old kind of beliefs. Working hard can be good but it can be pretty unnecessary and uneconomic. The context I am talking about here is working in India.

The quality of life, the issue one has to deal with and long term career and infrastructure progression in India is not up to global standards for sure. Dollar pay still beats most of the good jobs here and lets accept the fact India is mostly an offshore destination and there is never the same kind of recognition you get being in offshore. So looking back after 7 years of passing out of IIT one of the things that I would have definitely done differently was to get out this country, get a foreign degree and skip the pain of going through the rigors here.

It still baffles me in such an interconnected world which is moving so fast, why India is still uneconomic and a low return per unit stress destination to work in. Add to it earning in Rupees does not make you good enough to spend internationally with ease. So when I look around people from down south being transported to USA I feel I too should have joined the bandwagon.

Being international is much more important probably than to be in tier-I college if we are analyzing the quality of life. So all those who have just got out - go out and lose the inhibitions before its too late.