A guide for…




               Aravinda Dassanayake
   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 hav...
   Assumptions
     You have not done an elaborate research.
     You have not made a final decision.
     All of you ...
   Do I pick Company A, Company B or
    Company C?
   Not a collective decision
   Each individual needs to make his/her own
    call
   Decides the direction and gradien...
   You did a similar evaluation during
    internships.

   But, objectives were different
       Have first-time real ...
   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 f...
   Most important!
   Evaluate your preferences against skills and talents.
   What will be your reaction every morning...
   Company focus vs allocation focus
   Narrow focus might give a sense of comfort.
   But, your lifestyle choices and ...
   Would the organization’s values contradict with
    yours?
   Being happy would not mean your values are
    retained...
   This is definitely NOT the key determinant.
   But, it is of course important.
     It will be determining your life...
   Travel, physical effort, time etc.
     We don’t have much of a choice with time 


   Will you get stressed out in...
   Check the company’s process.
   Check the paths to climb up the corporate ladder?
     Designations?

   Can I get ...
   Check the possibilities to improve yourself as a
    person.
     Internal and external training
     fellowship

 ...
   Predict the period of stay
     Do not think of doing experiments!

   Think of the consequences of leaving early
  ...
   Personal workspace
   IT infrastructure
   General infrastructure
     Gym, Swimming Pool, Recreation, First Aid

...
   Company name carries some value.
     It can be an advantage for you.

   Check the financial status.
     May indi...
   “Benefits can worth up to 30% of your compensation”
    - Quintessential Careers
   Benefits can mean a lot in the lo...
   Would the job make you a person collecting a
    paycheck at the end of the month?

   Will it have a chance for you ...
   Refer different sources
       Organization literature
       Current workers
       Ex-employees
       Friends

...
   Shortlist your options

   Find it out the hard way…
     (Go for the interviews  )


   Ask a ton of questions wh...
   I mean ‘WHEN’ you get more than 1 offer.
   Critically evaluate the options in a more structured way.
   Eg: prepare...
   The decision has been made.

   But, the journey has just begun…!

   Jump in to the rapids, and there’s no turning ...
“Chase Excellence,
Success Will Follow…”
   And most importantly…
Opening The First Door Right
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Opening The First Door Right

  1. 1. A guide for… Aravinda Dassanayake
  2. 2.  After many years focused on learning, you are about to jump in to the rapids – for REAL!!!
  3. 3.  You have taken many decisions up to now.  You ability to make decisions changed.  The breadth of options you have has changed.  Career decision is no game.  You need to evaluate with your mind and not your heart.
  4. 4.  Assumptions  You have not done an elaborate research.  You have not made a final decision.  All of you are going to apply for a job
  5. 5.  Do I pick Company A, Company B or Company C?
  6. 6.  Not a collective decision  Each individual needs to make his/her own call  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! 
  7. 7.  You did a similar evaluation during internships.  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!
  8. 8.  Is it a simple answer? ( I forgot to complete this slide  )
  9. 9.  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?
  10. 10.  Most important!  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.
  11. 11.  Company focus vs allocation focus  Narrow focus might give a sense of comfort.  But, your lifestyle choices and career options can be hindered.  Breadth of knowledge is important.  Specially in the global context  This might lock you in to the company.  Your marketability drops.
  12. 12.  Would the organization’s values contradict with yours?  Being happy would not mean your values are retained.  You may get caught in political agendas.  A clash in values is harmful to you and the organization.  What did Raju Rastogi say?
  13. 13.  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.
  14. 14.  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 times.
  15. 15.  Check the company’s process.  Check the paths to climb up the corporate ladder?  Designations?  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 years.
  16. 16.  Check the possibilities to improve yourself as a person.  Internal and external training  fellowship  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
  17. 17.  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
  18. 18.  Personal workspace  IT infrastructure  General infrastructure  Gym, Swimming Pool, Recreation, First Aid  Co-workers  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?
  19. 19.  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.
  20. 20.  “Benefits can worth up to 30% of your compensation” - Quintessential Careers  Benefits can mean a lot in the long run.  Special offers  Memberships/affiliations  Sponsorships  Study leave  Stock options  Medical benefits  Insurance  Flexi hours & leave
  21. 21.  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  To technology  How well can you contribute to the country through your work?
  22. 22.  Refer different sources  Organization literature  Current workers  Ex-employees  Friends  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.
  23. 23.  Shortlist your options  Find it out the hard way…  (Go for the interviews  )  Ask a ton of questions when you are given the chance!
  24. 24.  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
  25. 25.  The decision has been made.  But, the journey has just begun…!  Jump in to the rapids, and there’s no turning back!!!
  26. 26. “Chase Excellence, Success Will Follow…”
  27. 27.  And most importantly…

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