The Ladder of Jobs

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Manu enters a factory as a junior supervisor. A billion years later he retires as the senior manager of the factory. He never had an MBA degree. Heck, he wasn't even a graduate! Seems like a fairytale? It isn't.

There is a change in mentality of this generation. This change is huge. This change changes a lot of things. The change, simply put, is, the view that our first job isn't our last job.

If I'm allowed to be a little offending, three decades ago things weren't as easy. If you get "placed" after your graduation, your life is settled. You get married within a week and find yourself juggling two babies within the next. There were two problems here if the graduate wants to change his job.
  1. He would need to refer to newspapers for a new one. That's his only exposure if he has no contacts. And as it looks, it is difficult.
  2. He has a family. He is a bread-earner. He can't switch jobs without real security and everything entailing it. And as this looks too, it is difficult.
This generation, instead, is all over the Internet. If a guy gets a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he finds a job in Infosys, quits it within a year and gets a job in Larsen and Turbo, quits it in a year and gets a new degree altogether. Though, as easy as it looks, I discussed how confusing it is in a previous post on the [M]ain [B]ada [A]admi degree

This generation has the facility to explore. Then why not seize it?
The basic need for a person to have a job is find the money to live a life they want to. Reading books, watching movies and exploring the world can only be done if we have a steady source of income.

The conditions with the job are, it should be interesting and well-paying. Sometimes people also want a job that complements their degrees. But they never want a job that is the end of their search. Nobody comes out and says, "Hey, I need a job to become my last job."

What I'm getting at here is, a job doesn't make you. You make jobs. You can't point fingers at a position and say, "If I get this job, it'll make my career!" The truth is, you will make your career based on that job but if you're good at it, obviously. Otherwise all you'll have are bad memories.

Again, what I'm getting at here is, if you don't have a job, if you're not satisfied by a job, find something that solves the issue. It'll benefit both your employers too, by the way. The smallest of jobs can push you into a new industry, but the job won't push you up. You will have to do that yourself.

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