Fulfilling your desire to land up in a dream job

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Every working person in the world looks for only one thing for his or her professional career – Having a dream job. Getting a dream job may be a milestone but reaching there is a journey, which must be undertaken well in advance to reach there.

Talking about the Asian culture and the way we were brought up, very few actually understand the meaning of a dream job. For most, getting job is like getting into an arranged marriage where you did not even get enough time to talk to your spouse. You land up in a job and get wedded to it for life or a good part of life.

“ Your current job, or the job you land up with or the one you are aspiring to get will all end up being your dream job if this first step of embarking on the journey of knowing your passion is initiated.“

Our forefathers did not have so many options as we have today; therefore they got in a job and retired from there. It was true with almost all so it was not unusual like what most of you in private sector and mainly IT industry see today. This roots back into our culture and social believes. Asian society at large and mainly Indian society had always been about settlement, family and togetherness. This is good by all means, but when it comes to profession today, it is demanding enough to push us in compromising on one or many of those priorities we took for granted in yester years.

Parents of many of us taught us to follow and so did our teachers. Most of us learned most of the things by being out of school and homes. However the priorities set by our society discouraged us to experiment and learn out of our experiences. The protection given by our families led most of us to look for a job which would give protection of stability, decent salary and fixed time working. However few even today look for the work which they really like doing. For most, we still do not know what we really like doing and where we should be looking to make our careers. With such a problem at hand where most of us do not even know what their passion is and the path they would like to take when they grow up, getting into a dream job is impossible.

The first step therefore has to be setting yourself free and retrospect as to what is the path you should be taking which may give you maximum satisfaction and happiness professionally. Never mind if you are already in a job and struggling to figure out an escape route, this is the essential first step for getting your dream job.
Just to illustrate this situation which is similar to have an arranged marriage where both parties do not know much about each other, but over period of time understand each other, compromise, adjust, correct the expectations and then fall in love and have a great, happy and satisfying relationship.

Your current job, or the job you land up with or the one you are aspiring to get will all end up being your dream job if this first step of embarking on the journey of knowing your passion is initiated.

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By Alok Kumar

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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2 Responses

  1. Sreedhar says:

    Hello Alok,

    I read all your blogs, but was afraid to write back as I was in your company. Now that I am out, I am daring to write back.
    I am connected with that concept ‘Fulfilling your desire to land up in a dream job’.

  2. Alok says:

    Dear Alok,

    I happened upon your post and found it to resonate with me.

    I lead a dual professional track: one as an attorney and one as a professional opera singer.

    I believe that the search for one’s dream job begins with identifying one’s natural talent(s) and passion(s) and then amalgamating them. Monetizing it is the next step, but at least the dream is clarified.

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