Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wake Up...

Sometimes I think why I did MBA! I actually pondered over this thought many times post my MBA. Last 18 months in corporate life has been full of ups and downs. If I only analyze it with up and downs, it’s all right. Then I ask myself how many days I woke up in the morning and really felt like going to office, with a mind full of new ideas and plans? How many days have I thought of executing my thoughts into action in the office? How many days have I thought of going to office without thinking about my boss’s temper? How many evenings have I returned home with a smile of satisfaction on my face after work? You may ask the same questions to any professional working somewhere or the other and may add some more questions. The answer to more than 90% of them would come “very few”. But why? We are supposed to work at capabilities equivalent to the kind of study that we have done in our MBA days and a level where managerial expertise comes into play. But all we do is to just wake up, run and find a way out till we finish saying "yes sir" and achieving our daily "targets". It's a mad race and we come back all exhausted thinking we managed one more day at the workplace.

You may counter attack the last two lines in the above paragraph by saying that all who pass an MBA are not employable. Agreed. But then those who are not employable are they also not trainable? Have we ever thought in bringing those people who are lagging behind due to the lack of training upwards? No. In today’s time, no one invests in training like Tata Steel, L&T or Mahindra & Mahindra used to do. Even these pioneers have cut their costs on their inductions as well. Marketing pass outs are still selling credit cards with all the pride, thanks to the pay cheque and the flowery designation. Finance guys are still busy in credit recovery with zero learning. And HR hopefuls are still aspiring to work in profiles like PMS or OD while doing recruitment day in and day out. Life is moving, so are they. But till what extent one go like this without any specific target in his/her career. I was happy the starting salary in my last organization offered me right after my MBA, as it also was at par with the industry then. Profile was into generalist HR and after a month I realized generalist means everything that falls under the purview of HR. You also have to send birthday cards to the employees and take office stationary requisition from the employees as well. I look at the daily routine of a friend who stays with me, and I find I am better off. He wakes up at 6:55 in the morning and comes back at 11 PM. He does “hardcore” sales and gets paid well by the private bank for which he works with all the devotion. I remember a line by Rashmi Bansal in her book “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” foreword: “if you are paid well to sell soaps after your MBA, will you do that?” This line always fascinates me. Have we studied and dreamt of selling anything for money. Or there was something called as ‘ideas’ turning into ‘reality’? It’s confusing for me, it baffles me every day. But this friend of mine gave all of us a great news when he announced that he is going back to his hometown where he is planning to join his family business and have some great plans to expand it. Sounds so cool, independent, worthy and something that you can take pride for what you doing. I can write another 10 pages on the corporate lives of the young MBAs and may prove that it was not worth studying. But again, it helped me as an individual widen my horizon of knowledge into many domains which I never even heard of.

Things always look better when you are on the other side. My current organization offered me a great profile, I passionately accepted it. Things are going well and fine. I wake up every morning and come back at 9, doing my job. Dad still works in the same bank where he started working 25 years back, satisfied and calls me up to ask how my work is going on. I tell him everything going great. He feels good. I call up Mom once I reach my flat and tell her that her son is doing some great things here in the city of dreams. She feels better than Dad. Sometime I talk to my younger brother and give him some serious advice as if I have really cared for him after I left home 4 years back. I go back to sleep thinking everybody is happy. And then I realize, all I have is just few more hours left to wake up again.


Its very difficult to understand LIFE said...

Very well said dear
I also agree with your thoughts,you know just like you i also think that doing MBA is right or not for me but i would like to say that i beleive that it depends on only you that how you apply your knowldge,you should recognise your capabilities and work accordingly.Dont think I want to do the best things,think the things I am doing are best then only you can give your best to your work and can be successful.

yogini said...

Great write up subhajit…I am impressed….!!!! Well you are right on certain grounds but I do not agree with the comparison that you did between our studies and our professional life…MBA didn’t teach us that we should never have a satisfactory day in our office….

Wel that is the base which help us to stand in an unknown place and prove our identity thru our skills….which is why ups and downs tell us where we lack…I agree when you mentioned about Marketing and Finance pass outs, but to answer this line ….“if you are paid well to sell soaps after your MBA, will you do that?” I understand they are selling credit cards and doing credit recoveries at their own will and are happy being there… coz I know many of my batch mates who didn’t comprised on their career by just selling credit cards or Insurance policies with big Brands and big designation…even when the market condition was worst at those times….Being happy in your organization and having a peaceful day is definately our choice….if we like and believe what we do ‘Ideas’ can turn into ‘realities’, just needs a little effort…..

Last but not the least….just a suggestion….’Never regret on what we get in life but understand it was our own choice’!!!! So wake up with a smile tomorrow and enjoy your day at the fullest..!!!

Rishal Gadakh said...

Good Article Subhajit Again !!!

Good realizationsa and points made but its quite diverse so have to pick up each bean at a time.

Do everyone deserve to be selling creditcards or doing recruitment or any other unidirectional jobs or stuff after MBA is a point well raised. But here is what I feel what we learn in MBA is great but post MBA we need to understand the practical application of this in ones job and then one will grow and one will start enjoying his job. Will sound like building castle in air - i know but let me take it with an example
HR guys get in recruitment - out of 100 guys who get into recruitment how many look into the resume apart from the profile handled whethetr the guy has demosnstrated leadership, his achievements relation to his future performance on soft skills. You call up a guy and talk on profile, package and such things how many judge the guy on telephone itself what is his focus money, leadershiop, growth, responsibilty*** and i can go on with the behaviour traits and match with the current need of the organization. An MBA is not needed to screen on profile and call the candidate on phone he is needed to decide the fit but 1 in a 100 does that and that 1 grows. Yes people are trainable but are there good trainers available again is a question !!! The question to ask is how many trainer develop a module by seeing the participant in a day or two and make a training for a batch. From the so called training manager how many get into one to one theoraputic analysis to know exactly what is needed in every person. You can train some one in a cluster trainng programme when everyone is at some minimum level and nobody wants to do the initial spade work. Sad really sad but true, isn't it? and HR like us are to be blamed for that. Some employees who are trainable they train themselves and make it up and so u can find a few sucess stories and I believe HR is to be blamed for that.
It is HR jobs to show the profits from Training and its essentiality and where we fails miserably, and if we cxan do that no organization will cut you budgets and even if it does why do we forget we are MBA's and its out job to find effective low cost measures - and this will and approach makes all the difference

The second point youo raised about loving your job let me put it in simple analogy "I am 25 years with My Mom, Dad, almost a same set of friends, sister, brother do i get bored". If no then the answer is very simple a lot of people do therir job to earn living and a handful because they want to because they love to because they are deeply in live with their job, As said: Love your Job but dont love your company... and we end up doing the reverse thing ....

The third thing is you put up an artificial face a lot of time its just because you are frustrated with the 8 hours of life that u tend to screw the rest 16 hours. I will share my experience " My previous org I had so much to do and i enjoyed and loved my work so much that i started loving everyone around though i didnt find time to say that to most of them as it was too hectic job and now when i am here i see at a good position i have slowly started disliking my job getting bored and this boredome has started spilling over the rest of my life. Its just the cycle. Like my Dad said you need one reason tom get out of the bed thats an exciting job and rest all follows in professional, personal and love life.
I still couldnt understand it completely but more i do understand more i like it and strive towards understanding it more. And i believe someday I will know it all !!!

Till then just take this commenct from me as my opinion and correct me if i am wrong

Stubling to Understand,
Rishal Gadakh
(Unfortunate HR - AACL)

Subhajit said...

All I can add to what Gini & Rishal pointed is: "Nothing Much".... Yeah...that's true...

These are perspectives that also holds true...

I mean your thoughts are really insightful.... Appreciate it.