JOB CHECK – BUILDING BLOCKS – Mithila Mehta

SECURING THE RIGHT FIRST JOB IS VITAL AS IT SETS THE TONE FOR THE REST OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO GO ABOUT IT
No matter where your career takes you in the future, the memory of your fist job will live with you for the rest of your life.Your first job, which represents your transition from college to the corporate world, must be replete with learning opportunities and provide a strong platform for building a solid foundation that can ensure that your career is on the growth track.
PROFILE FIRST
The work you do is very important. A very crucial parameter in choosing your first job is the profile on offer. Choose a job that exactly fits your interests, does justice to your educational qualifications and career aspirations and is something you are passionate about.
Explains Nishant Kantawala, founder and CEO, IndieMix, “Many freshers make the error of ranking salary as the most important criteria while evaluating job offers. Always remember that money is not always important.You have the rest of your career to grow your earnings. Instead, focus on the quality of work you pursue.“
Considering the fact that most companies are branching out to multiple locations today, both in India and abroad, freshers must also be open to exploring locations beyond their home city. To veto an interesting opportunity just because it involves re location may be a decision you will later regret; working in varied locations will enrich your personality and add value to your profile.
LEARNING IS THE KEY
Since your first job is all about learning and development, ensure that you imbibe crucial skills that are integral in building your career. “You should work in an organisation which supports and facilitates learning to the best of its ability. For example, an organisation with an extensive training and development programme for workers would be highly beneficial. Planned training programmes will give structure and rigour to your training,“ believes Prabha Shankar, recruitment consultant, Shell Consulting India. Agrees Srishti Roy, creative head, Orange Vistas, “I was recruited from campus as a trainee at my first job with a leading creative agency. It was an extremely well planned, hands-on experience, exposing me to all aspects and workings of the business. This gave me a very grounded, yet holistic view of the industry and helped me perform well at work.“
CORPORATES VS START-UPS
There is no right or wrong answer to the debate between working at an established corporate or a start up. A first job with an established corporate will add weight to your CV and give you the opportunity to learn coveted business practices. However, life at a start-up will be dynamic and provide you a range of hands-on experiences across different profiles.While both start-ups and corporates have their merits and demerits, remember that the industry you choose to work in matters more. “My advice would be to enter a booming or upcoming sector or industry. There is no point joining a sector which is incuring losses, as this limits your growth, learning, opportunities and the buzz of activity within the sector,“ opines Kantawala.
LASTING IMPRESSION
It’s all too easy to get misguided while choosing your first job. People around you will always have an opinion on the matter –whether family relatives or peers. Additionally, companies and hiring agent will make their own pitches to you. Spend time doing thorough research on the company, its policies, the industry, etc, to craft your own point of view.
Don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter questions.Many freshers hesitate to seek clarifications to their doubts as they are unsure about how their questions will be received. Obtain absolute clarity about the job before you take a binding decision.
Don’t make the error of looking at your first professional stint as just another job; rather, value it as the building blocks of your career.

Source : Mumbai Mirror
Date : 16th March 2015-03-16

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