Time to invest in your Career - Part 1

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Recently, I met one of my students who have been working in an MNC struggling big time in his project. Recently, he was assigned with the responsibility of leading a group of engineers in an insurance-based project. The big task for him was to convey exactly his requirement to the team. Also, his group had members even though less age in that project but, was older than him in the real sense. Some of them were reluctant to abide to him because, they considered him as naive.

I asked him to invest in his career so that, he can shoulder more
responsibilities of the organization. I told him that,

Management is more Practical: We learn all technical and
conceptual stuff at our home, schools and colleges but, seldom are we taught practical skills especially management. There should not be an argument when I say that management is a practical skill since, for instance, one cannot start managing a group simply by going to a management school and clearing the HR paper with first class! It is just like, driving a car after reading a book on how to drive!

Management is a skill as well an art: Management needs to be
practiced than preached. Although, am not denying that there has to be a conceptual, structural framework for learning but, what is more critical is the developing an attitude! Not many schools, colleges have stressed on building a right attitude for their students. Structured thinking with the right attitude can be lethal. One cannot manage a group of people just by doing some academic coursework. Academic coursework must encapsulate skill development and skill enhancement by simulating real-world scenarios; which will give the students a platform to practice what they have learned and refine themselves periodically.

If you are an IT professional and you are a Project manager of a 100 cr
project; you would definitely require more management skills than IT skills. You must know, first of all,

i. How to manage the cost of the project.
ii. How to get the work done while, still keeping the employees
iii. How to deliver the project on time at the same time not exhausting
the budget or over-burdening the employees.
iv. How to manage client expectations.
v. And so on.

These are skill sets that cannot be purchased or read from a book. It
needs to be developed and for that, one needs to think like a 100 cr
business owner. This would demand an altogether different attitude and mindset.

Look beyond a degree: Unfortunately, most of the aspiring students are behind degrees and there are very few out there who consider that, doing an MBA is an investment which will increase your wealth. What is the use of an MBA without any skills in that discipline? It is like, having a driving license but, does not know how to drive!

Career is an investment: A degree will definitely give one a fat pat cheque at the entry level but, one has to deliver subsequently! I see lots of young professionals hopping companies just looking at the paycheque.

Career is a big investment and it needs to be nurtured like a garden. If a garden has to attract more bees then, it needs to be beautified and maintained. Similarly, one has to develop the skill sets and keep building and nurturing the career so that, money will keep coming. Then, one need not  run behind money with a big net each day!

My suggestion to young professionals is that, start looking at your
career as an investment for a bright future and keep nurturing it by developing necessary skill sets and a right attitude!

This will not just benefit you but, even the organization and the people
around you.


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Who Can Benefit?

MBAs who want to start up business.

Business owners who want to train their children in business.

Business owners who want to prepare their wives to be the second line in business.

Professional wanting promotions.

Graduates looking at getting better jobs.

Professionals working close to owners, promoters, senior management.

Youngsters wanting to start business or learn management.

People with less percentages struggling to get admission in management colleges.

All Entrepreneurs who want to grow their business.

Professionals who are less than 3 years into business.