Upgrade Your Skills to Strive at Your Job!

Upgrade Your Skills to Strive at Your Job!

Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any organization. Organizations with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the world of work. The growing competition to be the best at the workplace makes developing your skillset inevitable. Nowadays, it is essential to upgrade yourself similar to how OS updates every few months. So, what does skill development mean? Skill Development means developing yourself and your skill sets to add value for the organization and for your own career development. Developing your skills begins with assessing which skills are important for your desired career development. By doing so, you will have a clarity on what skills you need to add to your arsenal to get ahead in your job. And finally, an utmost important thing in one’s career is to understand how your value applies to opportunities within your organization and the wider world of work. Related Read: Biggest Mistake of My Life was when I Took that Job! These days, the organizations are making sure to do what it takes and make sure the employee is up for the task. There are lots of courses online and offline which employees can enroll for. In-house mentoring is one such program where the expert company veteran passes on the important knowledge to keep up in the organization. You can learn a lot by attending roundtable events and panel discussions as well. It will help you understand the ongoing trends in your competitive organizations. Such discussion will shape your thought process and will help you to get on...
Biggest Mistake of My Life was when I Took that Job!

Biggest Mistake of My Life was when I Took that Job!

Taking up that job was the biggest mistake of my life. Let’s rewind the story to a couple of months back. I got selected in a renowned, classic multinational company. I was offered a hefty package which included my travel, food, even Gym! I was galvanized and said yes! I was earning while my other friends were still searching for the job. Dad was overjoyed. I was in the spotlight, my girlfriend, friends and even relatives were happy and wished me. Then, self-realization hit me hard! I was hardly 25 odd days into the job and only thing I was hoping for, were Saturdays and Sundays. I never enjoyed the work I was assigned. I started bunking, (like- school) I literally lost interest in the job and took longer breaks, like the one right now, sitting in the canteen- writing a blog! Related Read: I chose the life my father wanted for me! The only thing which was going through my mind every day was how to get rid of this job. So many times, I thought of quitting the job but all those who wished me, laughed at me in my thoughts. I didn’t want to put my future in jeopardy by doing something silly. My conscience reminded me of all the lies, fake behavior during my interview. Why would anybody agree with all the things the interviewer says?! I was the only one to be blamed. I decided to speak with my colleague who was with the company since last 4 years. He explained, “You know most of the candidates these days do what you did in your...
I chose the life my father wanted for me!

I chose the life my father wanted for me!

I successfully completed my graduation and one of the top company was visiting the campus for a recruitment drive. Having scored 81%, I was super confident on cracking that interview. It was always expected out of me to be an engineer hence I took up B.E. I felt a little out of place in the beginning but eventually, friends, games, hostel life and the competitive streak filled the crack. In the fourth year, I started inclining a little towards Data Structure and Algorithms. And since I invested my four precious years trying to score good marks, getting a job was an ideal thing to do. Related Read: Drama at work cost the average worker 2.5 hours a day! Finally, that day arrived, I wore the best shirt and put on a nice perfume, dad walked into the room and gave me his vintage watch as a lucky charm. He said, “This is it! This job will make your career. It is a kickstart to your long-term goal of being absolute best at everything!” His words encouraged me, I always fancied that watch. “Its time,” said my friend as we went inside the room. There were 13 others like me who were keen to get the “dream job”. Finally, my turn came, I started off in style. The interviewer seemed happy with all my answers but somehow it felt that the closer I got to that job, the further away I was drifting from myself. I agreed to everything the employer said. He said, “There are no fix work hours, you might have to extend as well.” I said YES! “You...
How to succeed at your new job!

How to succeed at your new job!

Gone are the days when people use to struggle to get a job. There are lots of platforms like Naukri, Monster and what not to help you get one quick! Sending resume to top MNCs have played the part now it is time for video interviews.  But the real struggle now is to keep the job. In order to survive at your workplace, there are few things which need to be amended. First few months are enough for your employer to understand your potential, strength and weaknesses. To make sure you succeed at your new job, here are few things which will help you thrive. Know your employer: Utmost important point, to begin with, Some employees work without really knowing or understanding their employer. Taking the time to understand the organization’s mission, goals, strategies, and products/services will help you better understand your role within it — and the value of the job you provide. Be Goal Driven:  To be goal driven, you need to set the goals first. Work with your boss, determine what success looks like for you in this role. Set clear, quantifiable goals to achieve within the first three months and six months, and plot a path to tackle them. No matter what your job is, it’s important to be serious and stay focused on what you do —act professionally in all situations. Always remember, you are not being paid to ‘stay busy’ or even to ‘work hard’ but to strategically deliver on clearly defined goals that materially impact the mission. This is true no matter where you are on the corporate ladder. Meet and Greet...
I Never Looked Back after Setting Work Goals

I Never Looked Back after Setting Work Goals

After four tough rounds of interview, I was selected! I had to join the company in next couple of days. It was a major boost for my career, a stepping stone we can say. I couldn’t sleep well for those two days. The excitement of joining a new office is altogether a different feeling. The office was located nearby my home. I had met the team with whom I was going to work during the last round of my interview. I was welcomed into the team with a round of applause. I was a bit nervous at first, but the team made me feel comfortable. First few weeks were of an intense training and later one small test was held to check my learning. I cleared it convincingly and in the last week of my first month, we started discussing my targets. Setting up my work goals were very crucial for me. I wanted to test myself and keep shifting gears. Me along with my reporting manager sat down and worked on few basic points. 1) Priority: The work which I needed to focus on, daily, it was the first on my list. No matter what, I had to complete the work labelled under priority before my deadline. Deadline is the keyword here. 2) Contribution: I was briefed about how I’m contributing in this office. That helped me understand value of the work I’m doing. My teammates too chipped in with a lot of quality inputs whenever I needed their help. 3) Long-term goals– This was essential as to know how I will be set up in the office...
I was rejected 5 times but ended up getting a challenging Job

I was rejected 5 times but ended up getting a challenging Job

It was my sixth interview. I didn’t know where I was going wrong. I had a suitable experience, had learned a lot in last 2 years yet was unable to get that one job that challenges me, uplifts me. As I entered the office, the office boy glanced at me and gave me a glass of water. I was taken aback by that smile, what does that mean? After 5 rejections, everything seems skeptical to me. I thought this sixth interview will be the same. My interviewer was hardly in his 30s. I had every point in my mind which was suggesting that I should just walk out of this place and look out for seventh. Well, as usual, the interview went great, outstanding but- I had this question in my mind- Am I fit enough for this job? Am I young enough? Meanwhile, the interviewer said, “Congratulations! You made it!” I was overjoyed! I felt as if this was my first job. I was never this happy before. The prime reason I made it is because I never gave up trying. After working for almost 30 years in the media industry and facing rejection for being overqualified for last fifteen times, somebody recognized me for my skills. Related Read: I Never Looked Back after Setting Work Goals Neutral assessment is what is required when it comes to hiring, he would have easily rejected me for one thing that is my age- but he did not! Instead, he said, “You come with such an experience that nobody in the office has. Your skills would be an asset to us. There...