Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A change of seasons..

"Work Life balance" is a very interesting term. It seems to imply, that balance is required between work and life- thereby hinting that, you might not have a life at work. A typical Indian MBA graduate, enters the corporate world with high hopes.
He sees some of his classmates strike it big. Some go to the top investment banks. Some to the top consulting companies. Some to the top FMCG companies. Some to the top IT companies. The typical MBA grad wants to have a lot of money - there's that educational loan to pay off- there's that house to buy, and hey, now that he's an executive-he needs a cool car, which implies more EMIs. He pays a fortune in income tax, and and he soon realizes, that what he actually requires, is a raise.

And in the meanwhile, work isn't too interesting. In the top IT services company, he's part of the pre sales proposal factory. He does opportunity analysis accountwise, because the top management wants its account owners to do the same periodically. The account owners do what they would have done - in the absence of the analysis. But the task is done. Top management is happy- the account owner is happy. The MBA isn't...

Meanwhile the investment banker finds, that he's basically doing a lot of legwork - building crazy models, to support decisions that have already been taken, pricing models to suit pre-decided prices...The consultant finds that clients hire them, so that they can claim that XXX consultants recommended this course of action..

The one thing common to all, is an overdose of word, excel and ppt... which results in boredom, frustration and high first job attrition rates.

Finally, after beating the average IIM grad's first job lifetime by a significant margin (maybe cos I didn't have the, neither the car, nor the house), I am moving too. This time, I think, I have found what I want to do.

Afer Configuration Modelling, leaving configuration modelling at a mind boggling salary for Documentum at a pittance, Leaving Documentum to go get an MBA to get the salary that Configuration Modelling promised but Documentum couldn't match, after a BA stint in IT services, I'm moving to Products. A move, adviced a year and a half ago, by a buddy's brother, whose career I realized I was stalking- {IIT M,Mandak, 1 yr in IT services, IIM C, with a bro 6 years younger who did CA...Vijay, Were there a few others?}

I think I've made the right decision- This gives me a foot in the door into Product Management, a chance to write requirements "first hand". The domain and the company seems very interesting, the salary is better, and on the personal front, moving to Bangalore will result in a happy ending to a three year long distance romance and the addition of quite a few pounds to the life side of my work life balance scale.

And interestingly, I'm still stalking that career :) with a stint in IT services followed by a move to the same company whose India operations my buddy's bro set up.