Executive Centre

Manage your Career well before crisis strikes..

  • Anagha Talluri had been with an Indian Software product firm for over 9 years in a career spanning progressive roles, growing up the delivery rungs to Head Solution Architecting & pre-sales. A job change was the last thing on Anagha’s mind & she never took any calls from headhunters, nor maintained contact with alumni or ex colleagues. Last month, her company was bought over by one of the largest software product companies & Anagha has got the feelers already that her role may not be relevant in the new schema of things.
  • Srinivasa Raju works for one of the world’s largest conglomerates based in Gurgaon. Srinivasa has over 20 years of experience in Operations & currently is responsible for service delivery for a 2000 + BPO. The Indian management team decides to start a consulting set up & wants Srinivasa to move into this unit. Srinivasa is not interested in the new role & wants to quit in a week, without a job.
Have you ever been caught in a situation like this? Its like being so sure about the destination one is driving towards, yet taking the wrong turn & the resultant dead end!

Situations like the ones above resulted in Anagha & Srinivasa landing themselves into a crisis in their respective careers — sudden change of events which finds them without a job, without immediate prospects for a job, and thanks to their ‘comfort zone’, without contacts who can refer them to companies & jobs. In such situations, professionals often take decisions in haste & often based on fear and expediency rather than logic and clear planning. An effective planning, networking & relationship management can prevent such a crisis.

There are three tenets which all of us as professionals should be aware & plan accordingly.

Firstly, Long-term career goal and strategy. What is it that you would like to be doing several years from now? If I have an interest & specialization in Finance, do I want to be a treasury head? Internal Audit? CFO of a large publicly traded firm? This goal setting would give a direction. Haste decisions like taking up a skill which is currently in demand but has no relation to your long term goal would then be easily avoidable. Additional skills, trainings, certifications are not always your guarantee for an everlasting marketability. Any road will not take you to your destination. You have to spend time planning you career route.

Secondly, the cornerstone of long-term career management is evaluating options as & when they do come up. There are several instances when opportunities throw up themselves. It could be from within the company, in the same industry or different. It is fine to have a discussion at an exploratory level.

Participate & be heard in internal events. Most often than not, these are occasions where one gets to rub elbows with those higher than himself. Attending seminars, conferences et al leads to effective external networking. Remember, these are the people who have the authority to take hiring decisions.

The third element of effective career management is never think that the job market is booming & hence getting a job would not be a problem. Yes, getting a job would not be difficult, however, getting just the right role, company & perks would not wait for you to look out for a job. We often encounter several executives who had to shortchange since they did not get the right opportunity when they were looking for a job. Maintain an up-to-date resume.

Career management strategy is vital for any person who wants to see his or her career continue to grow.