Sharing 6 tips to help a classmate in managing and maximizing his career

As today is the labor day, almost every institution of the country is closed. Similarly, all the educational institutes are also closed. But I decided to not waste any instance of time, and sent a message to my classmate. His name is Ahmed Murtaza. In that message, I specially requested some of his time, in which I want to talk to him related to some important points of our future career. I waited for about an hour for his reply. After an hour, he replied me as “Yes Talha, sure. Meet me at my place. I am available right now. Lets have a chit chat”. Hence, I packed my bag and went to his home.

During that waiting hour, I prepared some notes related to those tips. Following are the 6 tips :-

  • Do an internship before pursuing a higher degree to confirm if you like that field/industry
  • Don’t do PhD if you want to be an entrepreneur or work in corporate sector
  • Spend at least one year in your first job
  • Find your passion and align it with your career
  • Decisions are very unique to each person, what’s right for one isn’t right for the other

and

  • Own your decisions: Don’t let other people make decisions for you and don’t blame anyone else.

My 90% of discussion with him revolved around the above 6 points. So, I reached his home in severe hot whether. He welcomed me with a bear hug, this is actually we do almost daily in the university :D . After getting normal and stable in his environment, I started my discussion with him related to the topic for which I really visited his home for.

Note :- He is a good listener :)

[ Do an internship before pursuing a higher degree to confirm if you like that field/industry]

We both agreed on the first half of this point although he was quite reluctant to accept the 2nd half of this point because he mentioned the lack of internship opportunities and other factors.

[ Don’t do PhD if you want to be an entrepreneur or work in corporate sector]

We totally were on the same page on this point. He don’t want to do study further as he is more focused in developing his career in a working corporate sector

[ Spend at least one year in your first job]

Again, a point of agreement. He explicitly mentioned “Before leaving a job, 1 year experience can play a vital role in getting hired by another company, as experience is counted a lot”

[ Find your passion and align it with your career ]

He was quite 50 / 50 on this point because he mentioned the factors like Parent’s will and Different environment of Pakistan.

[ Decisions are very unique to each person, what’s right for one isn’t right for the other ]

In this point, he agreed but did pointed out a factor of elders experience. He mentioned that the decision of elders can also play a huge role because they are quite experience with the challenges of Life.

[ Own your decisions: Don’t let other people make decisions for you and don’t blame anyone else ]

He agreed but did mentioned the traditional culture of Pakistan where elders make decisions for the betterment of children, mostly against their will, but their intentions are never wrong.

My experience was quite amazing because I got a chance to see things differently, through the lenses of a different person. We had an amazing constructive discussion.

Sharing advice with him was amazing because as I mentioned earlier, he is a good listener. Not everyone is a good listener but he is :)

Most part of our discussion was related to this topic. A small part of discussion focused on university’s assignments as well as multiplayer games. We had both, agreements and dis-agreements on some points.

In the end of discussion, I shared this LINK with him, provided to me by Amal, in order to have a video course on these 6 steps, in order to more understand about these tips. He replied “ Thanks a lot Talha, I’ll definitely join this course after a day or two. Don’t forget to remind me again”.

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