After many years focused on learning, you are about
to jump in to the rapids – for REAL!!!
You have taken many decisions up to now.
You ability to make decisions changed.
The breadth of options you have has
Career decision is no game.
You need to evaluate with your mind and not your
You have not done an elaborate research.
You have not made a final decision.
All of you are going to apply for a job
Not a collective decision
Each individual needs to make his/her own
Decides the direction and gradient of your life
Criteria to consider are immense
Options to consider are immense
Nothing is forever!
Your problem just got complicated!
You did a similar evaluation during
But, objectives were different
Have first-time real world experience
Find yourself in the industry
Evaluate your choices of interest
Put the theory in to practice
Now is the real challenge!
Is it a simple answer?
( I forgot to complete this slide )
Will I be genuinely happy?
Will the work be narrowly focused?
Can I retain my values?
Is it sufficiently financially rewarding ?
What are the extra personal requirements?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What are the chances for personal growth?
How long will I be here?
What kind of awork environment will I have?
How is the reputation, stability etc of the organization?
What are the additional benefits it might have?
Evaluate your preferences against skills and talents.
What will be your reaction every morning?
“Work!!! ” vs “ Work!!!@#%#$#@”
Work hours amount to 60%-65%
of the day.
Do not try to lead a life in denial.
It will gradually burn you out!
Key attribute to succeed in work.
Company focus vs allocation focus
Narrow focus might give a sense of comfort.
But, your lifestyle choices and career options can be
Breadth of knowledge is important.
Specially in the global context
This might lock you in to the company.
Your marketability drops.
Would the organization’s values contradict with
Being happy would not mean your values are
You may get caught in political agendas.
A clash in values is harmful to you and the
What did Raju Rastogi say?
This is definitely NOT the key determinant.
But, it is of course important.
It will be determining your life style
It will fund the investments for the future
Money can solve most problems
Evaluate the offer with the predicted expenses.
Study the composition of the salary.
Ask, “is money covering some truth?”
Weight the salary against other non financial aspects.
Travel, physical effort, time etc.
We don’t have much of a choice with time
Will you get stressed out in a while?
Too much may creep in to ruining your good
Check the company’s process.
Check the paths to climb up the corporate ladder?
Can I get noticed?
Check how the appraisal process work.
Check the additional avenues available to shine.
Always evaluate against where you need to be in 5
Check the possibilities to improve yourself as a
Internal and external training
Check if you can be ‘broadly literate’
Generalist vs Specialist
Being the first job, opt for experience and not money.
"Which position will offer me the best chance of
becoming excellent at what I do?"
It may not be the one that pays the initial salary
Predict the period of stay
Do not think of doing experiments!
Think of the consequences of leaving early
You may lose on savings
The next offer may not be lucrative
You may get profiled as a jumper
Long stay can have its advantages
Gym, Swimming Pool, Recreation, First Aid
You will be spending most of the time with them.
Make it an opportunity to learn about people.
What good/bad can come from them?
Company name carries some value.
It can be an advantage for you.
Check the financial status.
May indicate how to look forward for increments
Compare with other similar companies.
Evaluate if it is on the way to a dead end.
Study the company process in detail.
“Benefits can worth up to 30% of your compensation”
- Quintessential Careers
Benefits can mean a lot in the long run.
Flexi hours & leave
Would the job make you a person collecting a
paycheck at the end of the month?
Will it have a chance for you to give something back?
To your school
To your university
To the society
How well can you contribute to the country through
Refer different sources
Make sure that the sources are
balanced, reliable and unbiased.
Always look at the full picture.
Else you might get disappointed
when it is too late.
Shortlist your options
Find it out the hard way…
(Go for the interviews )
Ask a ton of questions when you are given
I mean ‘WHEN’ you get more than 1 offer.
Critically evaluate the options in a more structured way.
Eg: prepare a rating sheet
List down the attributes discussed before
Set weights for each of them
Attribute Weight A B C
Give points to each company
▪ (eg: scale : 1-5) Attrib 1 1 5 4 5
Pick the one with the best score Attrib 2 2 4 3 5
Attrib 3 2 4 4 5
Diplomatically send rejection notes for the Attrib 4 1 5 5 3
offers you are turning down. Attrib 5 3 4 2 3
Be prepared to face persuasive negotiations
Total 9 39 29 37
The decision has been made.
But, the journey has just begun…!
Jump in to the rapids, and there’s no turning back!!!