Employability Mantras for next decade: The right job

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Having discussed the mantras of setting right direction and foundation, the next focus should be on how one can land up with the right job. I find most of the job seekers look for a job with criterions that are opposite to the one that can get success. Most of them in such cases loose on precious time in their career to move up the value chain and struggle as they age.

In a survey conducted on college students, the most popular jobs were those that gave highest salary followed by the location of posting. Most students liked to work near to their hometown even that meant compromising on the key success factors. Brand of the company mattered a lot to every job seeker, as the general feeling was that working with a big brand gave job security.

On the other hand, the next decade will have different criterions to judge the best starting job. The job that would give the best learning in the area that the job seeker is looking for is always the best one. Everything else is secondary. I have seen that most of the big brands and large companies may end up giving an aura of security and pride, they typically lack in the learning that they pass on to the young graduates. Being large, the bureaucracy of the organization and far too much segmentation in the jobs takes away the critical learning period from these job seekers. While some large organizations are on the other side of the spectrum, the next decade is all about the culture of startup even if that has to be nurtured under a large brand. The startup culture demands multi tasking, clarity out of the ambiguous roles and a strong teamwork to achieve the outcome. The culture demands open mind and constant learning to bring out the best. The attitude and hunger to learn that you create in your youth would help create this environment. Such environment is not what we see in most large companies today who are now realizing themselves the power of startup culture within their teams to remain competitive and grow.

While I recommend the adoption of a startup culture, it does not mean that everyone should be flocking for a new startup venture to learn, rather, it can be done in current organizations as well. The only difference they would need will be an open management and a positive boss. You can create your existing job into a great learning job if you try and showcase the power of such a change in attitude that can being wonders to your organizations eventually.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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