Just got your first job? 10 tricks on making it an ace career
If getting a job can be tough, establishing a career is no easy task. When you’re starting out, and during your first few years, it’s important to make sure that you move in the forward direction and not sideways. Here’s how:
No credit card please
Trace the reason for the recession that has engulfed the United States. You’ll find one straight answer — plastic money. Being dependent on one is the biggest mistake you’ll ever make. A credit card can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Your bills may get paid, but your debt will grow. Once those interest rates make an appearance on your balance sheet, you’ll be desperate for cash. When you tip over, you won’t be making career decisions, you’ll be out to make a quick buck. At 50, you’ll look back and realise you didn’t pursue a career, but chased money.
Have an open mind
Being flexible means you’ll be able to choose jobs that you find both, interesting and challenging. The experiences and the knowledge you pick up from different environments and management styles will build a good base for the future and an understanding of what’s out there. There are many different types of careers out there, and you won’t know which ones suit you, if you don’t give them a try.
Every office is different. Some demand you to a stick to formal attire, while few don’t mind if you wear a pair of floaters and shorts. Doesn’t matter what the dress-code is, the key to office fashion is to always try to be one of the better dressed people in the office. Even if you wear a uniform, wear make-up or accessorise yourself well.
If you want to move up the ladder and be respected by your colleagues, you need to be liked. Take the time to get to know at least a few people at work, learn as many names as possible and be friendly. No one’s going to invite the grumpy cat out for postwork drinks. Note: Most networking happens away from formal work situations. Take the time to have lunch with colleagues, or head out for some coffee together. But don’t get too friendly. Maintain a cordial, yet professional relationship.
If you can become known as the guy who’s always coming up with cool ideas that nobody else does, you’re going to be in demand. People who can think flexibly and come up with original solutions to problems always stand out from their peers. So increasing your creativity will make you invaluable to the company and give your career a boost. Practise brainstorming sessions with yourself during your spare time. Come up with potential situations and get yourself to find fresh and unique perspectives on them.
Keep setting new targets
It’s easy to find yourself drowning in day-to-day tasks and forget to set long-term goals for yourself. But if you want to be successful, you need to establish different career milestones and work toward them. You can be content with what you do, but there’s always scope for improvement. The worst thing you can do at work is simply execute without thinking — you’ll be frustrated, that you won’t grow, and that will impact your performance.
Strike a healthy work-life balance
A job can be taxing, sometimes. You need to be careful to walk the fine line that allows you to excel at work, but have enough time to enjoy your life. With the increasing use of smart phones, people are finding it difficult to disconnect. You don’t want to be that guy who’s checking his email on a date or WhatsApping when your mum is trying to speak with him. Both, your work and your home life will suffer.
Be physically strong
A big part of maintaining a worklife balance is finding the time to stay in shape. You won’t believe how many people start piling on kilos after working in an office for a few months. More jobs require you to stay put in front of a computer — and with hectic schedules, your workout time usually disappears. But be sure you make time to exercise.
Take the high road
After sheltered academic life, there is a big bad world out there, where there politics rules. You have to subtly let people know about your accomplishments and hard work. And there will come a time in a person’s career when he’ll have to walk into his boss’s office and ask for a raise. Hard work is important, but you need to stand up for yourself and for your ideas. Do it respectfully.
Eye that promotion
You don’t have to be overly ambitious to have goals. But always remember that you are in a job to grow personally and professionally. Find a person in your field whose work you admire and keep working like them. You’re not being greedy if you are thinking of a promotion. You are just keeping yourself motivated to work harder.
THIRUVANANTHPURAM: Technopark, the first and the largest IT park in the country, has charted out an ambitious target of creating 45,000 new jobs during 2014-16, as part of its efforts to emerge as India’s IT powerhouse.
With these additions, the total number of people it would employ will reach 90,000.
Technopark, which is poised to celebrate its silver jubilee next year, currently provides direct employment to 45,000 IT/ITeS professionals through its 330 IT companies.
With the completion of ongoing construction this year for companies TCS, Infosys, UST Global, Tata Elxsi, IBS and Technopark’s Phase III building, around 45,000 additional direct jobs will be created, leading to a total of 90,000 direct jobs and 3,50,000 indirect jobs.
Technopark CEO K.G. Girish Babu said the capacity built during the last 24 years would be doubled during the next two years in terms of employment through companies located in the IT park.
Technopark’s export turnover during the financial year 2013-14 could be around Rs.5,000 crore as compared to Rs.3,500 crore in 2012-13. It has also added 1.1 million sq ft of built-up space during this period.
Under Phase I and II of Technopark, construction of buildings on a total area of 2.5 million sq ft is in progress and will be completed within a year.
The companies building their own campuses are Infosys, TCS, UST Global, Tata Elxsi and IBS.
“With the commissioning of the Twin Towers – Ganga and Yamuna – a capacity of 8,500 seats has been created in Phase III. This iconic twin tower, the most modern green building built by the state government, will also be filled by 2015. A total of 40 companies have been allotted space in the new Twin Tower. Another 18 companies are to commence their operations shortly,” said Babu.
With an yearly rental income of Rs.49 crore, the annual turnover of Technopark has been pegged at around Rs.100 crore, which includes income from power, water and maintenance services, that has helped it to continue its profitable operation since 2001.
BANGALORE: Handloom and Textile Technology has invited application for three year Diploma Course in Handloom and Textile Technology for the academic year 2014-15 from the eligible candidates. The eligibility for submission of application is pass in SSLC or equivalent examination with English as subject of study. Aggregate of marks obtained in the qualifying examination shall be the basis for determination of merit.
As per the guidelines the students will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 400 to 500 during the coures of study, Hostel facilities are also made available on payment. Age limit for admission is between 15 to 23 years for general candidates and 15 to 25 years for SC/ST candidates as on July 1, 2014. A total of 42 candidates will be selected to study the above courses.
Completely filled applications are required to be sent to “The Principal, Karnataka Handloom Technology Institute, Narasapur, Gadag-582102″ The last date of receipt of applications in on or before 12-06-2014. says a press release issued by Commissioner for Textile Development and Director of Handlooms and Textiles.
· Often people may find themselves traveling along undesired and unrealistic paths in life. It is difficult to take the right decisions at such confusing positions.
· It is wisely said that you cannot change your destination overnight, but you can indeed change your direction overnight.
· If you find yourself traveling in an undesired direction, you will finally end up somewhere you don’t want to be at. You cannot easily change where you are in life but you can indeed change the direction in which you are moving, that too in an instant.
· The moment you realize that you are headed towards something you don’t want, you can steer yourself away from that, towards something you do want.
· With time people find their priorities changing and it is inevitable that they also change accordingly.
· When we find ourselves treading along the wrong paths, the first thing we ought to do is look inside our minds and set new goals, depending on what we actually want. Decide what else you want to do in life, and be certain that you are not simply trying to chase an illusion.
· One you choose your path, a strong curiosity and the ability to get pleasure from whatever you are doing will help move happily along that path. You just have to be honest about what really interests you and makes you feel happy.
· Some people dislike any kind of change in life and they prefer to stick on to whatever they have been doing. But they have to realize at some point that they have to change their direction in life to reach their chosen destinations, the sooner, the better.
· One cannot change directions in random and expect things to get better. One has to be specific about the areas in life that he/she feels may need a little bit of tweaking. One should always be open to discoveries and never be too fixed on the notion of a precise path.
· Encourage yourself to figure out what suits you, excites you and brings you satisfaction and pride. You can always set long term goals and dreams and let them lead you in your life. This will bring you profound happiness and a sense of fulfillment.
It is a billion dollar industry, but people still think that it’s something to do with glamorous women, clothes and parties. Just like any other profession, however, entrance exams need to be cleared, degrees acquired and interviews cracked. And like any other course, studying fashion involves discipline, high-stress levels, assignment submissions and spending nights with a cup of coffee and books for company.
In the past decade, the professional world of fashion in India has expanded to much more than the art of designing clothes. There are several fields to choose from today. You could be a celebrity stylist, a fashion editor or editorial stylist, a shop window designer, a fashion consultant for commercials, an apparel or accessory designer, a merchandiser, a fashion buyer, retail expert or an entrepreneur who brings international fashion brands to India.
At the moment, fashion media industry is booming. It is one of the most paying and big new opportunity in India with so many fashion magazines around.
This could be your calling if you take a keen interest in fashion and can write well. Recognize your interests, strengths and drawbacks before picking any one of them. It’s a competitive profession. Knowing what you are good at, does help in having a good head start.
Career opportunities in the sector
So what does one do once you’ve finished with your degree? The unanimous opinion from students, designers, stylists and editors is: find an internship. Interning right after graduating is the norm in the West, where most young designers work as an apprentice to an established designer. It is only after a few years of gaining credible experience that they feel the need to break away, if at all. The situation is very different in India, where fashion designers are keen to start right away, right after graduating. But Vinod Kaul, Executive Director of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) feels that this may not be the best thing to do. He says, “It is much better to work as an apprentice, keep the ideas of being a designer on hold and get real grounded work experience.”
That’s what Shweta Shah did, who is presently an intern with Nachiket Barve. The system is not institutionalized and there are no adverts in the paper offering an internship. How does one get an internship, in that case? Shweta says the internship depends on how much the designer’s sensibilities appeal to you. In her case, Nachiket had mentored her, so she was aware of his philosophy of fashion. Nachiket’s focus is mostly on textiles, an area which deeply interests her. So the interests of the intern and the designer do have to crisscross, not just at the seams.
Mithila Mehta finds out more.
While previous generations have always taken a long term view to their professional lives, the current lot is different. Weighed down by loans and spurred on by the plethora of professional options and entrepreneurial dreams, young professionals perched at the start of their careers must walk the tightrope between a long term perspective and short term goals.
One step at a time
Opines Kartik Kapoor, who completed his Master’s in International Relations and is working in the digital space, “My father spent thirty years with the same organisation and gradually worked his way to the top. It is unthinkable for me to do such a thing. The countless options available to me professionally today mean that I’m unwilling to commit to anything for the long term. I can afford to be whimsical and always follow my heart. I will stay at my job as long as I find it enjoyable, and then move on.”
The role of factors such as educational loans and entrepreneurial ambition in moulding professional perspectives should also be considered. Says Anand Sankar, who recently completed his MBA from Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad (MICA), “Since most students enter their first job with a fairly large educational loan to be repaid, a well-paying job is usually the first thing we look for. From what I know, a lot of young professionals have entrepreneurial dreams (however small). At least, in my case, a long term corporate career is out of question. I’d much rather settle in for a job where I can accumulate enough start-up capital, than try to slowly build a career.”
Long term wise
Others believe that career planning and long-term mapping is as crucial to young professionals even today. “When you think of your time as a professional as a series of jobs rather than one continuous career, you tend to become microscopic in your approach. It is a slippery slope of sorts. Things like building contacts, expanding your professional network, constantly updating your skills and learning ensures that your take away from your current job positively impacts your future as well,” explains Bangalore-based Trisha Ramanujan, who recently became a chartered accountant.
At the same time, it is likely that chartering your corporate career with an eye on the long term will involve certain immediate adjustments and possibly compromises.
“Many reputed companies where you would like to build a career would not pay very well in initially, as they consider the brand value of the organisation as an attractive enough pay-out to the young professional,” says Ramanujan.
Understand your priorities
While young professionals may adopt a short or long term perspective to their careers based on their circumstances and choices, it is absolutely necessary that the perspective come after deliberation and reflection-and not because of lack of thought. Don’t adopt a short term view because you haven’t invested the time to think into the future, don’t overemphasize the future because you haven’t entirely considered possible immediate benefits.
Priyansh Modi, who graduated from IIM Shillong last year and is now a brand manager at a leading alcohol beverages organisation says, “The long term plans of the individual are very important. If the person is planning a long corporate career, focusing on long term goals is more prudent. After all, your measure of success will be where you reach in another ten years. But if you are working just so you have the financial security to start your own business, then short-term goals are the priority. In my opinion, the young professional needs to define his or her measure of success and understand where they would like to see themselves in life a few years down the line.”
Abhishek Sampat, research engineer with a major automotive manufacturer shares, “I guess things vary from person to person – some people work to fund their other hobbies, some people work because they are passionate about what they do. The decision can also come down to extenuating circumstances – the educational loan you want out of the way quickly, the ‘lifestyle’ you see yourself having, peer pressure to be seen as ‘in the big league’. I’m not sure if there is a single answer, but I do believe it’s a case of the best opportunity at the right time that drives most early career decisions.”
If you are facing the right direction, all you need to do is keep walking- A Buddhist Saying.
As a prime step which far too many people overlook, is to explore yourself and identify possible careers that truly inspire you. Keep thinking, brainstorm and filter jobs based on your level of inspiration and earning potential. The right review would give you a front runner.
Create a matrix to help identify which books you should read, courses you could take, organizations you might join, companies you should follow and people you should meet. Then get moving. As you learn more about job opportunities within the given industry, it may be appropriate to start a blog or build a Web site to compile your research and share your thoughts. We realize that 80% of the employees Google you before inviting for an interview and make sure you are ‘note worthy’ before dialing your number. We hence recommend to increase your online visibility by creating accounts in public friendly sites. Maintaining them interestingly increases your chance of getting called for job interviews. Make yourself actively passive in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, MySpace, VisualCV so on and so forth. Be warned that a poorly designed or maintained Web presence can come back to bite you.
When we choose a job we love, we will never have to work a day in a our life.
Seema Khinnavar tells you more.
Social networking sites, which were earlier considered to be a domain only for teenagers, are increasingly being used as an important tool for building professional relationships and businesses. According to a survey conducted by reppler.com (a social media monitoring website), 91% of recruiters visited a potential employee’s online profile as part of the recruitment procedure and 69% rejected the applicants on the basis of the content found on their online profile. However, 68% of them also hired prospective candidates on the basis of their presence on social networking sites.