Reflection on Professional Aspirations

Some benefits of having professional advice could be the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a well thought out plan and strategy.

I came across some very interesting tips on professional life by Mr. Sohail Rizvi who is leading the HR Department at HBL (a leading banking institution in Pakistan). But after forming my own thoughts on these guidelines, I got to talk to a professional in my network and asked him about his insights on these tips and let me tell you, it was a great experience. Before the details of my discussion, here are the tips which I am talking about:

  • Put your time in: Everyone starts out doing grunt work till trust is proven.
  • Don’t talk badly about the company or about your boss.
  • Take control of your relationship with your boss and team members.
  • Find a mentor and manage the relationship strategically.
  • Join a professional body and build your network.
  • Embrace change and reflect on what you are learning daily.

Don’t talk badly about the company or about your boss:

Talk bad about the boss is a cheap habit and your boss is helping you out to work and learn so there’s no reason to talk bad, as that revolves around and reach to the boss in a “brand new form” and that gives the chance to criticize more and it promotes the politics and leg pulling factor, which is too dangerous to be in.

Take control of your relationship with your boss and team members:

The work needs to be in a team along with a leader. And it’s up to you how to build a relation with them and let the team work more focused. Your networking is also determined by how you manage your relations. Because network is helpful when the research work is needed to be retained as smooth. We have to ask for the materials and the other favors. While within the organization you need to relax sometimes so it’s good to go outside with them and enjoy. And sometime we make reasons to go outside for treats and parties when the other colleague achieves something.

Find a mentor and manage the relationship strategically:

Mentorship of someone when you are new in the job, is extremely important in research, if you don’t have a mentor, you would see the lab as filled with machines and refrigerators, while the people you would see will look sick to you. With many employees doing more than one job, and a lot of stress and busyness about at work, plus training budgets under pressure, getting a mentor can be useful in more ways than one. They help you to learn and develop and when you are job hunting or looking for a career change, they can also broaden your network.

Join a professional body and build your network:

It is very important to join a professional body, because that shows how much interested you are towards your goals. For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. It also helps you to make contacts which could be exploited in time, and your improvement continues.

Embrace change and reflect on what you are learning daily:

Research job never remains the same, it keeps on moving forward with the advancement of technology and analysis techniques. And even if you do the same techniques, you would must have something new and technical to learn about that. So we must have to a change and a challenge accepter, otherwise it is harder to get along with the work.

Mr. Kamran shared about himself that his purpose is to wake the people up to do and outcome based research, which could directly help the people of Pakistan. We need to take actions at national level. These are the valuable insights which Mr. Kamran gave to me in our constructive discussion. You can see for yourself, how his responses have signified these tips and how he has improved some of them with his experience.