A career in IT: Identifying the right job for yourself
If we were to keep our hands on our heart and ask ourselves between the choice of the best paid job vs the job which can give us a lifelong career, most of us would secretly desire for the previous one and try to justify that the best paid jobs always gives us the best careers. I was always under the impression that it is a difficult choice as most job seekers do not have too many options, but all the jobseekers can have better clarity on where their jobs will take them.
B Schools in India were created to give students an overview and understanding on how to start their own business and eventually become job creators. While in a country like India where job seekers vastly outstrip job creators, B Schools should have been a great platform for those who would get into the job of job creation.
I have been to a few prestigious B Schools and almost in all cases have found that barring a few, students come to do their MBA, not for treading a tougher path of job creation but get into a better paying job which would not have been possible with their previous degree alone.
The heard mentality is not just seen in cattle that are not humans and go with their instincts and external environment; it is very common in intelligent students too.
In a particular B School, a professor lamented that students every year come out to enter into the field, which pays most, and have better overseas opportunities. Interests of the students or their flair have no meaning in such cases. If investment banking is the best paying sector, the entire B School tries for that job.
I have met such students who landed up in well-paid jobs but over the next few years regretted their decisions. In all cases, they did not enjoy their job and ended up become low performers. In one case, the person lost his job due to performance issues, while others kept on pushing just because they had little choice of yet another career shift.
In my own career, I took some bold and unusual decisions. Turning back, I see them as really bold decisions, but in the end they helped me more than anything else.
In my first job, I realized that although my job was in the mechanical domain, my first love was always with things of logic. I liked computers and the wonders we could do with them more than anything else. I transformed myself from a pure mechanical engineer to an automation engineer who also had a role in programming CNC machines. This was the first shift towards computer engineering. I had no previous education or exposure to computers or programming, but my passion took me on that path. Meanwhile, I had a great option to move abroad in a job, which was once again in manufacturing with a far better salary. I decided to drop that and kept on pursuing my passion in programming.
Over the next few years, my job transformed from a mechanical engineer to IT engineer. I became a CIO and eventually a CEO of an IT company even though I had no previous education of that trade. I not only grew rapidly but also loved every moment spent in my career doing that work.
Choosing a career may not always be done right after one’s education but it can happen mid way too. Keep looking out for your passion and interest for you to choose the right job.
Rest assured, your passion is far more powerful than the best salary any other job can offer.