You should know what I know: Building a Career

I know the internet is flooded with uncountable tips for every problem in your life. And some of those tips can be very effective for you, but the ones that I am sharing are the ones that I am following myself. These tips come from my Amal Fellowship Program and believe me, there is life learned wisdom behind every single word.

I shared these tips with a very close friend and classmate of mine, and the whole experience is jotted down in this post. But before you read about our discussion, have a look at these incredibly useful tips yourself so you can know what I am talking about. (There is also a FREE bonus course on Career Management at the end of this post)

  1. Find your passion and align it with your career
  2. Decisions are very unique to each person, what’s right for one isn’t right for the other
  3. Own your decisions: Don’t let other people make decisions for you and don’t blame anyone else
  4. Do an internship before pursuing a higher degree to confirm if you like that field/industry
  5. Don’t do PhD if you want to be an entrepreneur or work in corporate sector
  6. Spend at least one year in your first job

The friend with whom I shared these tips, knows me very well. We get along great and we rarely talk about professional stuff in our gossips. Both of us were skeptical to have a formal discussion about professional excellence but since I made it unavoidable, we agreed for a quick chat. My friend is an MBA in Human Resource Management while I am from Finance background.

I will start with the tips on which both of us agreed to a significant extent. Tips 2,3,4, and 6 were very well received by him. He has very similar thoughts on their context and significance in making a good professional.

We agreed that a majority of people taint their decisions with other people’s opinions and preferences. It can happen with anyone, as there are so many external factors which affect our thinking. So in taking regard for others, we often end up making the wrong choices which are not suitable for our personalities. Similarly, a lot of people blame others for the wrong outcomes of their decisions and this is very wrong. Once we make up our mind about something, we need to stick up to our decision no matter what the outcome might be.

On the professional side, when people are faced with the choices in higher studies, they make their decision with very little thinking about how important and significant this decision would be in their lives. My friend stressed that an internship before such a decision is an excellent way to find out if this is the right choice for you or not.

Finally, being an HR Professional, my friend stressed the tip that maintaining your first job for at least an year is extremely good for your Resume and your first impressions. Interviewers do not like candidates who jump between their jobs frequently, and if you could not stay on your first job for long, then it can convey wrong meanings no matter how explainable the situation might be.

Tips 1 and 5 involved a detailed discussion, while I was of the opinion that passion is the core ingredient in professional growth, my friend disagreed to some extent. In his opinion, not every person can align his passion with his career, because for some people the circumstances can never allow for such a luxury. Although he agreed to the fact that aligning passion with career is important but he was of the opinion that this tip cannot be applied by every person in his life. When I explained the difference between job and career and how a person can build a career based on his passions although by doing a different job in the beginning, my friend’s mind changed. This discussion resulted in a change of thoughts for both of us.

Tip 5 was also a hot topic, but I was also sharing my friend’s opinion in some points. In his words, a PhD cannot hurt anyone who is already doing his job in the corporate sector, he was maintaining his stance that PhD can only help someone in professional growth and it can never be seen as a liability on a corporate professional. Since I am also interested in going for a PhD at some point in my life, while maintaining a corporate career. We agreed on each other’s explanations.

It was a great learning for both of us. I was surprised to see how much it helped me too, as after our discussion, I could evaluate these tips with a much better practical approach.

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