I was asked to share my experiences from the IT industry with first year Telecom Management students. Following are some excerpts from the session.

  • Blow your own trumpet but don’t go out of tune.
  • Stick to your commitments and deadlines.
  • Work smart and work hard.
  • Have top management recall.
  • Don’t stick by stated KRA’s only, explore other areas of work that you can do.
  • Redefine you’re your job to suit your interest and organizations interest.
  • Speak up and give feedback at Top Management meetings and interactions.
  • Take up tough assignments at work which others won’t touch due to fear of failure.
  • Be known for some key attributes.
  • Establish mentors in the system.
  • Bet on the right horses at work.
  • Jo har kar bhi jite hai, unhe bazigar khete hai. (Those who win even when they loose are the ones who win battles).
  • Network well in your organization.
  • Don’t be a cribber. Management hates cribbers they like people who offer solutions for problems.
  • Be part of the solution not the problem.
  • To change the system you need to reach right at the top by using the system.
  • Don’t be a Devdas (Brooding Romeo). Learn to get over things. There are no points for loosing.
  • Join cash rich companies.
  • Differentiate yourself from others as people and skills are commodities in today’s world.
  • Get your boss his promotion. He will get yours.
  • 90% of people end up in industries they started off their careers with.
  • Get mechanisms in place to deal with stress at work.
  • Define what success is to you early in life.
  • Keep in touch with your books. Take up teaching at some point in time in your life.
  • Don’t take things personally at a job.
  • Keep checking your market value.
  • Be a personality.
  • Presentation skills and content are equally important.
  • Keep yourself in great health both physical and mental.
  • Maintain high energy levels.
  • Attend as many training programs and seminars as possible. Keep learning constantly.
  • Take jobs which give you an exposure to other principal companies.
  • It’s ok to be a diplomat but diplomats never run nations.
  • It does not matter what you are at school, it matters what you are at school reunion.
  • The richest and poorest people in the world are the least educated people.
  • Remember that even if you win the rat race you still a rat
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