I have dreamt of settling down in Canada since my high school days.
A rewarding career abroad and a standard of living inconceivable
in India have always held an irresistible appeal for me. But now,
at the age of 21, my landing a job in Canada seems destined to remain
just a dream. A science graduate with a two-year part-time diploma
from NIIT, I am finding it difficult to land a half-way decent job
even in India. The only jobs that are coming my way are mundane
call centre jobs with odd working hours. Can I still emigrate to
To begin with, you need to be more realistic. There is little chance
right now of your being able to land the kind of job you desire
in Canada-especially since you hold just a bachelor's degree and
have little work experience. Assuming that you have chosen to pursue
a career in a field related to information technology, your best
option would be to apply for an entry-level position with a reputed
Indian it company and gain relevant work experience before you give
emigration a shot. If you are unable to land a job with an it company
in the country, you need to go in for an advanced degree in the
I thought I'd got a great break when I
was offered the job of area sales manager at one of India's leading
tobacco companies at the age of 24. So much so that I rejected a
50 per cent pay hike in my previous job for it. The move now seems
to me the biggest mistake of my career. Four years on, I'm still
an area sales manager and not too bullish about getting a promotion
in the near future. This despite having consistently met or overshot
my sales targets. Meanwhile, the company has been growing steadily
at 18 per cent over the last two years. What can I do to get out
of this rut?
Broach the subject with someone in the senior
management for a start. There could be two reasons for your predicament.
One could be your lack of higher qualification. Beyond a point,
expertise in sales alone cannot guarantee you a promotion. You would
do well to enroll in a MBA programme to enhance your prospects.
The other reason could be that in many companies, senior execs tend
to stay on, causing stagnation down the line. If you are working
for such an organisation, you should seek a change.
I am 23-year-old MBA student with a tier-one
B-school and have recently been selected by an oil major for summer
internship at its Mumbai headquarters. I will resume the second
year of the programme after completing my summer internship. On
the face of it my prospects appear bright, but I am worried. Each
time I sift through the classified section of a newspaper, I feel
that I will have a difficult time landing a job once I graduate.
Most job ads clearly demand three-to-four years' experience to go
with a MBA. Are my fears justified?
Most companies do not advertise for fresh MBA
graduates in the papers-they recruit directly from B-schools. And
if they do happen to advertise, they do so only close to the time
of graduation. So don't fret. Fresh graduates from tier-one B-schools
seldom struggle for opportunities. With a good recommendation from
your summer internship employer and decent grades, it will not be
difficult for you to land a job with one of the recruiters who will
visit your campus. You could also try a permanent job in the company
you are interned with. Meanwhile, just concentrate on performing
well with the company of your internship and on getting good grades
in the second year of the course.
I am a 38-year-old senior vice president
with a multinational bank. An overwhelming majority of the staff-myself
included-are alumni of the Indian Institute of Management. The culture
that pervades the organisation is, as a result, that of the IIMs.
While initially I revelled in this atmosphere, eight years of this
has tired me out. I would now like to work with a bank that is multi-cultural?
Is it the right time to seek a change of job?
You clearly need a change. All jobs, no matter
how challenging or rewarding, become, over a period of time, routine
and mechanical. This is particularly true of a profession like banking.
Eight years is a reasonably long time for anyone to spend in one
organisation. A multi-cultural organisation will be enriching for
you from the point of view of acquiring new skills. At your level,
you should have little difficulty finding another job. But since
you are likely to run into the same IIM culture in most other private
banks as well, you'll need to be careful while making the transition.
Answers to your career concerns are contributed
by Tarun Sheth (Senior Consultant) and Shilpa Sheth (Managing
Partner) of HR firm, Shilputsi Consultants. Write to Help,Tarun!
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Disappointed that you're
still stuck in the same old rut while your peers have gone on to
take up cool BPO jobs? Take heart.
|Rahul Taneja, Country Business Head,
Consindia HR Services
rather harried chief executive of a business process Outsourcing
(BPO) company recently called the Consindia office, seeking a new
job. His six-month stint at the helm had been rewarding-the company
was growing by leaps and bounds, the environment was intellectually
stimulating and he had been given a substantial hike in salary.
It was surprising then that he wanted to quit. His reason: "Working
with so many college kids makes me feel like I'm back at school."
He missed the action that he was accustomed to in his previous job
as the marketing head of a multinational FMCG company.
| POINTERS FOR RECRUITERS...
Clearly define the core competencies that
are required for the job.
Seek candidates with creativity and
Start-up experience helps. Pick people
who have confronted change early in life.
| ...AND CANDIDATES
A job in an emerging sector company
is like a gamble. Be prepared to deal with failure.
The ability to work in a non-hierarchical
organisational structure is critical.
The ability to pay attention to detail
is considered to be a positive attribute.
The point: gradually, we are beginning to witness
a trend where execs who had readily jumped on to the sunrise sector
bandwagon, are returning to conventional businesses. Call it a reverse
wave if you will, but the lure of working in an emerging sector
(read telecom, BPO, organised retail) is slowly fading. Senior execs
who had migrated from other industries to pick up plum postings
in these sectors are beginning to express their dissatisfaction,
citing reasons ranging from excessive work pressure, inability to
cope with drastic change or failure at peer management.
The real problem lies in reckless hiring. Over
the last three years, people have migrated in herds to new economy
companies, abandoning their well-planned career trajectories. Recruiters
too, overwhelmed with the scale of hiring projects, have been happy
to rake in the numbers at the expense of hiring quality. Only people
who are creative, adaptive and willing to take risks have suceeded
in these companies. The others are finding the going tough and will
eventually bail out (if they haven't already, that is). So, if you
are considering a job in an emerging sector, make sure you have
the right skills.
How India Inc. has emerged a hot recruiter in
Working for India Inc.
has always been something of a thorny experience for most professionals
in the West. The degree of opacity that surrounded the way most
Indian businesses were run till recently did not help matters much
either. But now, with Indian companies looking to markets abroad
for growth, recruitment in these markets has become critical. Pharma
and it companies, armed with attractive compensation packages and
an impressive reputation in the US, are currently leading the trend.
Says Shona Purdy, Head (Business Organisation), Ranbaxy: ''Ranbaxy's
experience is quite heartening. We have learnt that it is not size
that attracts people but the level of empowerment and compensation."
A host of other factors seems to be driving this trend. Says Sonal
Agrawal, Director, Accord Group: ''It also helps if the company
is registered in the US." Is the trend catching on? "Yes,"
says Agrawal, "and that's because Indian companies are making
their mark as fierce competitors." A silent change has swept
sectors as unlikely as tea. Says Homi R. Khusrokhan, MD, Tata Tea:
"It is far easier to recruit under the Tetley brand than say
Tata Tea." The one factor that has helped is the increased
awareness of corporate governance issues. Says Purdy, "We have
to provide an element of corporate governance that conforms to international
standards." And that seems to be the tune of most Indian corporates
that have anything remotely resembling a global ambition.