1 year after MBA and looking for a better job - A pervasive conundrum

While sitting in an office located in a yonder corner of the world...I was brooding on a thought that

"What the hell am I doing here?"

The propensity led me to call a whole lot of peer friends in other companies and after a series of conversation/interactions, I came to the conclusion that the thought is quite immanent and imminent for a lot of fresh (less than one year old in field after college) MBA (PGDM,PDGBM, etal..) grads , like me.

The seed of trouble was sown in those decisive few days of campus placements, when we nimble wits choose a profile/company with certain conventions.

A few statements you must’ve heard or followed:

1 - "The Alum said the growth potential is quite good in this company" 

2 - "They have offered me a corporate profile, I would be directly reporting to VP/CEO"

3 - "I have successfully switched my industry; and the offer is good too"

4 - "It’s quite a renowned company; even if the pay is slightly short to the mark...I'll leverage the brand and switch within a year"

5 - "The job is quite intuitive; won't have to fret much"

6 - "Though I'll be back into same field, they are giving me a significant jump"

So we all leave the campus quite excited and satiated, till the reality hit us.

Pop goes a couple of months (year in some cases) and one gets weary of the job, and following realities surfaces.

Hard reality of Statement -1: The company you joined following your alum's lead isn't growing, in fact they are so badly effected by recession in market (a banal reason quoted for every change, may that be poor canteen food or poor replenishment of toilet paper) that they have turned conservative (read dull) in their style of work and approach, and the alum you counted on has conveniently left and joined somewhere else in due time. 

As you are too young in the organization, the companies won't count your current experience neither would they take you as fresher as tend to prefer campus recruits for that?

(Read this after each reality statement)  J

Hard reality of Statement -2 : The corporate profile is a hogwash , people just run around targets , procrastinate all impressive work to appraisal time; the office staff back bite and you are always an outsider and thus unaware of company culture traditions (so they take you to be an iconoclast yet expects you to follow tradition, paradox.. huhh). All in all the company functions more as a clique or silos of functions than as an enterprise

Hard reality of Statement -3: You have entered an industry largely dominated by a set of pedigreed professional; so either you learn the trade or stay as a black goat in the flock of white sheep

Hard reality of Statement -4 : The pay they offered isn't quite up to the mark , but as you took the brand too seriously , you end up losing there.

In the company you see a lot of people taken from shoddy background and colleges (every company has a pet/ fav college generally not an ivy college and they have whole lot of people at all levels keeping the heredity ) , and the so called special job offer you so proudly flaunted isn't quite distinctive after all.

Hard reality of Statement -5: This is one area where companies tricks you well, so once you’ve joined they'd reveal...the job description we shared was what the erstwhile guy was doing; none of that is effective, so you must redesign the whole work and bring better results (sounds exciting as I put it, but wait till they tell the cultural, time and policy related constraints they'd bound you with). This isn't a put off for most of us, unless you realize that it isn't what you signed in for or had chosen to do, but then they can't shift you so soon to other function

Hard reality of Statement -6 : Now think again , you spend 1-2 years for MBA (not considering the in numerous hours you spend preparing and planning for it) , especially if you have worked in an organization after undergrad one tend to look for a different work culture and profile , so have you really done justice. Some of your peers who stayed and continued in the similar profile had grown not quite differently from you (without MBA), to which wise people would always suggest you to look at long term benefit…to which I say long term is nothing but aggregation of some short term moves, also be aware that once you spend more than 5 years in any trade your MBA is long forgotten (remember what happened to your undergrad degrees after working for years)

 

I know now, you might be wondering which statement did I follow, well to be frank a couple of them but that isn’t the point here. The point is that in the current scenario where the job market is so bearish, fresh graduates must use little more cognizance and consideration before taking the leap of faith….and for fellow comrades…..job hunt for a utopian place is still on …

So dream on

 

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Comment by Moderator on June 5, 2013 at 10:55pm

Prakash, a very good article. I can see good traction for your post and viewers across different geo are validating your point. Keep it up!

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