Career advice I wish I’d received when it mattered !!!

I am often asked by parents and some young students about how to go about choosing the young ones’ careers.

I share with them what my self experience of being in a wrong career has taught me. I realized this when I turned 43 (I am 50 now) and corrected the mistake since then. Many of us could be making such a mistake of choosing a wrong career path and then suffer because of that.

Here is some career advice that people usually learn too late in life.

Equating degree with career foundation:

I was a merit holder in secondary and higher secondary (SSC and 12th std). Based on this, I chose Engineering (Computer Science), because that is what students with high marks did. I went on pulling myself playing a software engineer. But, I was not enjoying it. Finally, at 43, I realized that I was in a wrong career. I gave up the “act” and followed my passion. Remember, a degree is only your passport to get your first job. After that, you are on your own. Don’t get trapped inside your degree.

Thinking that our education will pay us:

After getting a degree, we think that the world owes us livelihood and will respectfully pay us for obtaining that lofted degree. We must realize that the world will not pay for our educational qualification, but for the problems we may help it solving.

We must follow our parent’s career:

Every Abhishek can’t become Amitabh. But many try and fail miserably.

Not knowing our passion:

Many of us don’t learn this precious lesson till the end of the life. We must select our career based on our passion, our likings and our strengths, and not based on “what is in demand?” Or “what will pay more?”. People fail in a career about which they are not passionate.

Here is how Taxi-Auto-walas can fight against Uber-Ola

Taxi and Auto-walas of Mumbai and adjoining cities are facing heat of competition from Uber, Ola and the like.

The challenge is new. The challengers are also new. The approach to fight back against such a challenge also has to be new.

But, Taxi-Auto-walas are not learning any lessons. Misguided by their politically motivated leaders, they are resorting to their old arm-twisting tactics of pressurizing the government through strikes etc.

They don’t know that they can’t succeed. By strikes, they will give opportunity to many new customers to experience the better services of Uber-Ola for the first time. They must learn that the rules of the game have changed.

Instead, they should resolve to fight Uber-Ola by:
a) Providing better service
b) Not refusing fare
c) Being polite
d) Following traffic rules
e) Being transparent by not cheating

The leaders who are inciting them must help them realize the reality of the time.

But these leaders will.never do so.
Because they don’t want their followers to grow. To learn. To flourish.

Sooner or later, Taxi-Auto-walas will have to mend their ways, or face extinction.
Till then, if they continue such mindless acts, they will repeatedly fail.

Customers, who.have experienced good service will never prefer their inferior treatment. Customers will punish the perpetrators for providing poor service.

Market realities cannot be wished away by political noise.

And politicians will never tell you this.

Some lessons can’t be taught. They have to be learned.