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6 Seasoned Professionals Advise Newbies on Worklife

Anwell Fernandes

Let’s face it - starting a new job is scary. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie straight out of college or you have been working for a while; a new job is like stepping into a whole new world - one with a lot of expectations like learning new processes, working with new people, proving your worth, succeeding, etc. That’s a lot! So, to help you find your way around this new world, we approached six seasoned professionals to share their advice on how you can ace your work life!

1. On Getting Your First Job

If you’re a newbie, don’t stress about not having any experience or skills; companies are already aware of this. What they do look for, however, is your outlook towards working, confidence in your own abilities, and your honesty.

Mr Arora, Founder and MD of HR Anexi and one of the Co-founders at Mentoria, says, “If I’m taking an interview and I notice a gap year or drop in performance, I appreciate people who share the truth behind this gap, and not just tell me what they think I want to hear.

Freshers often use money as their primary motivator while looking for a job, which makes it harder to stick around at that job for a long time. When you’re trying to land a job, make sure you go with the right attitude; it will help you find success in the long run.

Your enthusiasm to learn and not just earn is what will make you stand out from the rest. Dedicate your first few years to learning, and the money will follow,” says Mr Arora.

You will face many challenges as a fresher; quite often, people might think you’re more trouble than you’re worth because ‘youngsters don’t take their job seriously’. This is where you should double up with your positive attitude and your eagerness to learn, and prove them wrong by showing them how dedicated you are to your job.

2. On Changing Jobs or Job Roles

Changing your job requires a lot of thought and consideration. Ask yourself if you’re making this change because you’re sick of your job, or if the change is going to result in improving the knowledge/skills you need to achieve your goals.

It is best to do a thorough research on the new job role - your career graph, the skills you would need to grow, etc. - to avoid any mistakes.

One of the most common mistakes people make while changing jobs is switching because the change "looks" much more exciting, but they base this decision on a very shallow understanding of the new job,” says Mr Bhakhri, one of the co-founders at Mentoria and a Pro Bono Marketing Consultant for Non-Profit Organisations.

Even if you have done your fair amount of research, you will invariably face challenges like adjusting to a new environment or a fear of failing at your new job. These challenges are a part and parcel of your work life; don’t let them stop you from achieving your goal.

3. On Making Time for Personal Interests

We all have a lot of interests we’d like to pursue, but we’re too busy with work and home. According to Ms Joshi, the Content Head of HR Anexi, the best way to make time for anything is to be flexible. If you’re too rigid in your approach, you will always find yourself compromising on one aspect of life or the other.

It is very important to strike a balance between your work and other aspects of your life,” she says. Even if you love your job, take the time to pursue other interests, to ensure you are leading a wholesome, regret-free life.

The one challenge everyone faces while pursuing their personal interests is a lack of time. However, we aren’t willing to make the time. Pursuing a personal interest works as a stress-buster, leaving you with a more productive mind to put to work the next day.

These days I am setting some time aside to learn music. It’s something I have wanted to do since a while, but never found the time, or rather didn’t make the time for it. Now, I try to balance it; if I need to go in early for my music sessions, I come in earlier to work, and vice versa.

4. On Starting Your Own Company

The first thing about starting your own company is research. Analyse the market you’re catering to - both local and global - so you know who your competitors are and where your product/service stands in terms of demand.

Then, figure out how to get your resources in place - how many team members do you need, what kinds of skill sets should they have, how will you fund your venture, etc. But, most importantly, you need to believe in yourself and your idea.

Today, various emerging entrepreneurs spring up on an almost daily basis with bright ideas, but they still find it difficult to get investments for their company.

According to Mr Kothari, Founder of Travoost, your zest and preparedness will set you apart. “Have a detailed business plan - one that leaves no room for doubt in terms of what your product is, who it helps, where it stands in the market, how you’re different from your competitors, how quickly do you plan to grow, and why it is profitable for your investors.; That will help you stand out from the rest.

5. On Upskilling

Our world is constantly evolving and developing for the better. Even at work, the processes and techniques grow and change regularly. We need to keep up with these changes and make sure we have the relevant skills and knowledge to excel in our fields. But how do we go about upskilling?

According to Mr Navgale, CEO of Centralogic Solutions, “Most of the time, you are aware of the changes and developments taking place in your industry, but you don’t know how to implement them. The best way to upskill is to look at what industry professionals are saying, following their work, and learning how to use these developments in your daily work.

Another thing you should keep in mind when looking to upskill, is strengthening your basics. Before you begin using state-of-the-art techniques, know how things work at a base level. Additionally, when your foundation is strong, it’s easier for you to recognise and understand when and where you can employ newer techniques to make your work process smoother.    

6. On Growing and Excelling at Work

We all want to grow and become the best versions ourselves; the same applies to our jobs. We want to grow and excel at what we do, but often lack the know-how to go about doing it.  

According to Mr Mehta, a partner at Rajendra Shah & Associates, “While your path to success may differ depending on the field you’re in, there are some methods like networking that work well in all fields. When you meet new people, talk to them and learn about what they do, you grow as an individual. No matter what you do, human connections are universal. Establishing strong relationships goes a long way in helping you grow.

The best way to grow is to keep learning. That will keep you ahead and, if nothing else, relevant. The more you learn about your field, the more you understand how the processes work, and the better and more holistic your work will become.

Having said that, you won’t be the only one looking to grow in your organisation. What will help you stand out from the rest is, "Having solid technical knowledge is essential. When you're efficient and know exactly what you're doing, it shows in your work,” says Mr Mehta.

We hope the insights from these gurus equip you to lead a better, more prepared work-life. If you have any further questions about your career path, get in touch with us. We’d be happy to help!