Got a great admission to my dream college and university, what about my career?
- By: Abhishek Srivastava
- On: 05 Nov, 2018
Most young professionals and recent graduates are very eager to answer the question "How to be successful in my career" without understanding what a career actually means and how does one select a career.
The best time to start building one's orientation to a career should be when you are in Grade 8. This is where you are exposed to multiple disciplines in both the arts, sciences and social sciences. However most of us don't think about our careers, till the task of finding a job actually hits you in your pre-final year and final year of under-graduation or graduation.
In India, this issue is more pronounced as young people only start thinking about their careers and jobs after the first few years in the professional world. Most decisions taken at this time are made out of spite and are typically knee-jerk reactions. Most young people know very well what they don't want to do in their careers even though they may be well qualified for those paths. The rationale for these decisions are purely emotional and not based on tangible data and therefore a lot of time at the start of the career is lost to re-alignment.
To avoid the situation of re-alignment, two to three years in one's career, a young student while still pursuing their academic course should follow the Self-Career-Industry-Company-Job Role funnel process.
Let's get into the details of the funnel:
1. Self Awareness: Before you start thinking about your engineering stream (B.Tech. or B.E. in Computer Science, Electronics, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Civil, etc.) or MBA specialization (Marketing, HR, Operations, IT, Strategy etc.) or undergraduate majors (B.Com., BBA etc.) you need to understand yourself very well. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What are my interests in life?
- How do I interact with people and what kind of people would I like to work for?
- How comfortable I am with very diverse and non-traditional environments?
- What would be my ideal workplace?
- Do I want to be out in the field or in a nice cozy corporate office?
- How will I be successful in life?
- Team Player tendencies
- Stress Management abilities
- Emotional Stability
- Passion for work
- Responsibility / Accountability levels
- Self Starter abilities
- Open to Learning
- Numerical Ability
- Data Analysis
- Abstract Reasoning
- Attention to Details
- Critical Thinking
- Reasoning Ability
- Verbal Ability
- Do I prefer to work in industries which are serving large institutional customers or individual retail customers?
- Would I work in a well-settled and mature industry sector or a sunshine sector which needs another 10 to 15 years to mature?
- Would I work in industries which are more product based or service based?
- Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
- Auto and Auto Components
- Banking and Financial Services
- Chemical and Natural Resources
- Consulting and Professional Services
- Consumer Durables
- Energy and Utilities
- Hospitality and Tourism
- IT / ITes
- Manufacturing and Heavy Engineering
- Media and Entertainment
- Oil and Gas
- Real Estate and Infrastructure
- Retail and E-commerce
- Textile and Apparel
- Transportation (Aviation, Railways)
- Indian based Company
- Multinational Company
- Indian based Multinational Company
- Non-profit / Not for Profit
- Startups / Early Stage Ventures
- New Age Tech Companies
- Government Companies / PSUs
- Think-tanks (NSDC, NITI Aayog etc.)
- Analytics, MIS and Business Reporting
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Sustainability and CSR
- Customer Service / After Sales Support
- Environment, Health, and Safety
- Human Resources (Recruiting, Compensation, Talent and Staffing)
- Information Technology, and Security
- Labour and Industrial Relations
- Learning and Development
- Legal and Corporate Law
- Logistics and Supply Chain
- Public Relations and Corporate Communications
- Quality Management
- Research and Development
- Sales and CRM
- Strategy and Organization Development
Abhishek Srivastava (LinkedIn Profile)
The writer of this blog is the co-founder and CEO of MBAtrek and extremely passionate about mentoring and coaching young professionals. He has worked in multiple MNCs like Apple, Accenture and Schneider Electric and a seasoned strategy and business professional with extensive experience across diverse industry sectors (oil and gas, telecom, metals and mining, consumer goods, chemicals, power generation. Abhishek is a MBA from the Indian School of Business and has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA (Recipient of Outstanding Masters Student) and a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, India.