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Making the right start

June 21, 2006 12:16 AM 1
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Making the right start

 Making the right start

The first five years of an individual's career are crucial for it is this period that sets the platform for the individual's entire career life.

Therefore, keep in mind the following three important parameters that would set you on the right career path.

• Right Company
• Right Boss
• Right Job

Right company

Everyone wants to work with the best that there is in the business, the best brand, the largest MNC etc.

It is nice to be ambitious and aspire for these, but there are always some inherent disadvantages for working in a big company.

Since the organisation is huge, your work will not get noticed; hence the required recognition may not come in.

As opposed to that if you choose working in a very small company, the learning that you get is very minimal.

So, it is extremely important to find a balance. You should ideally opt for a mid-sized company so that recognition is available and at the same time there's enough scope for learning too.

Right boss

The first boss that you come across can have an everlasting influence on your career. Many bosses prefer "yes men"; they are not certainly good bosses. Nor is the boss who gives you good salary raises and good compensation raises. The right kind of a boss is the one who adds maximum learning value.

Right job

You should give more importance to the job profile rather than the salary. The most important aspect is whether you experience self-actualisation in your job or not.

How do you tackle internal problems with colleagues?

There are no straight answers to this question. The solution usually depends on the people, the situation and the circumstances. Though what one can do, for reducing inter-personal conflicts, is to go to its root cause.
Often role ambiguity, role ambivalence and lack of proper role definition can lead to conflicting situations.

In that case the right thing would be to ask the organisation to facilitate the process of clarifying roles and define your Key Result Area's. You should ensure there are no role overlaps and there is a very high degree of role clarity.

The other dimension of avoiding interpersonal conflicts is by not getting involved in backbiting and politicking. In case you have problems with someone, it is better to talk it out with the person and clarify.

In fact colleagues can be of great help in terms of providing interpersonal feedback, both in terms of strengths and weakness.

Building good value systems

A good professional should always work with strong value systems. The value system should not change with time or the circumstances, though it is easily said than done.

Some values, which could be of crucial importance, could be the values of integrity, honesty, pride for work and high self-esteem. You should always be authentic and transparent in dealings and your interaction with others.

Prashant Iyer
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