Your Dream Job : Planning your growth

For most of the successful people we know about, we think, never planned for what they achieved. On the contrary, you would find them to be very skilled planners. Any success, which is achieved without planning, cannot be easily retained and grown. It is essential for you to plan your future, work towards it and continue to fine-tune your plan as a ritual for being successful in your mission to get a dream job.

“ It is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How this can be done better” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed. “

I myself have a dream job and it never came easy. I had to plan and work for this stage for years. Although, getting this job in particular did not mean that I planned for this one specifically, but my hard work for several years qualified me to be considered for several of such jobs and landed up with one of them. I have several colleagues, classmates, ex-work colleagues and in most of the cases, they sigh when they know about me. To them it appears to be matter of destiny and luck, but in reality, one can only be lucky when you work for it.
Destiny plays a role in providing opportunity to everyone; only few can identify and exploit them to reach the stars.

In one such example, an ex-colleague of mine was passionate of starting his own company. He went ahead against conventional wisdom and took chance in investing his savings in a small startup along with another of his friend. He worked very hard and took only very small amount of money as his own salary for several months. He brought new members in his company, brought new ideas, cutting edge technology and soon his company was eyed upon by big ones for their boutique nature and world class work they did. Within two years, his company was bought over by a big global giant at a handsome price. Needless to say, he became a millionaire in no time. Today, he has himself become an investor, advising and guiding young entrepreneurs and companies in how they can make a difference. He admits, although very tough, his job was a dream job as his passion paid off.

On the other hand, three more people I know tried to do the same thing but failed. The sole reason for failure was their outlook and priority. They started the business to make money and not to make a difference with their customers.

It does not mean that everyone should look at opening their companies or doing something drastic. The sole purpose of my illustration is to showcase that the potential of every individual can be far more than what they do currently. One has to understand the same first. My previous blogs, I have clearly mentioned that without finding your passion and gaining knowledge it is not possible for you to plan well and move on your quest to success.
Planning your journey therefore should be purely based on your passion and your interests. Thereafter you need to find out organizations and individuals who can help you on this journey further.

I can put down some key points in your plan which can help you gain momentum in your quest for a dream job.
a. Ensure, you manage your ecosystem to help you find or develop your passion in your professional life.
b. Ensure you know your strengths and weaknesses and your professional passion based on the same.
c. Ensure you open all the channels for gaining knowledge by asking “Why” and then “How this can be done better” and make it your habit.
d. Plan the next step of where you want to see yourself in this quest.
i. Know who can help you and how you can reach out to them
ii. Plan your time to give full justice to your quest
iii. Plan to find mentors for this stage
iv. Create a plan B, if the previous one does not materialize.
e. Plan to improve your strengths and manage your weakness.
If you are able to plan these basic steps while you look out for a dream job, I am sure, you will be more successful than the most already in the fray

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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 ¬ 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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