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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Transition - Where are you now?

I always used to feel that the well educated younger generation of current years, cannot stay in one organisation for a long time. I believed that this kind of attitude was mostly prevalent among the Management grads & Software guys. But it is not the case always. Across the industries, change of profile is happening, irrespective of the education. Is it because of the following?

1) Comparison with friends, who are going up in the ladder by jumping from companies to companies.
2) Absorption of different talents, by New Generation companies.
3) Risk-taking at the younger age of 25-35, instead of taking at later stage.
4) Disappearance of the concept of 'Permanent Job' among the Indian Society.

I had personally seen instances, whereby people made moves just because their friends did it. I agree that it is an improving & competitive trend. It pushes the younger generation to try something new to compete with their peers & friends. This attitude has opened up the gates for the growing talents and is aptly supported by the Old as well as New Generation companies.

Risk taking has also increased a lot among the aspiring younger generation. They have realised that only at an earlier stage of the career, they can take the risk of coming across different set of employers, co-employees, profile etc., This has paved the way to increase of the knowledge base and the confidence level, among this generation.

Our previous generation used to be satisfied with a particular job and get settled in it. May be because, at that time permanent job is an important criteria for the so called "settling in life" taboo. Most of our parents might have spent their life in Central-State Govt. jobs / Other PSUs like Railways, Banks etc., It was a prevailing practice for the bride's parents to reconfirm that the grooms have permanent 'Govt. sector/PSU' jobs.

Now those expectations of getting grooms with 'permanent jobs' cannot be fulfilled. Due to the dynamism across the industries & the confidence level among the youth, people do feel that sticking around in a job for more than 'x' no. of years is a criminal mistake. But in future, what will be that 'x' no. of years, for which an employee can stay in one particular organisation?

Once again, it boils down to that person's aspirations, family background, risk taking abilities, Non-wavering thoughts and the opportunities available.

However, I hope it should not be the case as portrayed here.....

I had experienced the above cycle once in my career path and am confident that it may not be the same in future. Have you had this experience at least once in your career?

Must read, along with the above post....
Undisclosed Destination Zone


Blogger Muthu said...

nice one :-).

Sunday, May 22, 2005 6:41:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

Its also the availability of information,resources and a general social upheavel which is causing this movement. You are right about the effect of peer pressure ..

Sunday, May 22, 2005 6:52:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

I know it is difficult to put into practice this proverb: "the man who marches to his own drum" but once we can stop comparing ourselves to others, we can find an "aazh kadal amaidhi" leading to an "aazh nilai dhyaanam" that will be more useful to us in life than all these material possessions and the need to be in the rat race to get them.

Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:31:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Thanks Muthu, for visiting.....

Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Cogito..you are right about information sharing which motivates lot of people nowadays to take decisions....

Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:40:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...


as you rightly put in, it is what we are looking for...

Thirst towards material possession in the initial career days, fade away in due course.. later on, the mind needs eternal possession which comes out of our own thoughts...Anyhow, it needs some sort of maturity.

Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:43:00 PM  
Blogger virumandi said...

aspire..aspirations...should not fade away with age..or else they are not what they are..they are something else..may be just peer pressure!!!

further..age is the state of mind..

i am really confused how 'family background' makes its contribution in this context!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2005 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...


the reason why I mentioned family background is due to some of my friends who postponed the decision of changing jobs due to health problems of their close relatives or financial commitments etc.,

Definitely, it has an impact on these kind of career decisions.

Sunday, May 22, 2005 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Chez said...

I agree with you Ram. People do change jobs often nowadays. when they are committed to a family life, they usually hesitate in old days. but things are changing.. particularly, with Dual Income Households. usually, today's youngster thinks, this is the time to do it and successfully goes for it...

Monday, May 23, 2005 1:39:00 AM  
Blogger Somu said...

What about the money factor ? From my experience, in most cases it is money that drives the decision. Job hopping ensures that you add a certain percentage of your current CTC wherever u go...

Second in line is the nature of job itself... The more challenging it is, the more one can apply his skills, the more identity the function results in, more becomes stability.

Ofcourse there are other driving away factors like immediate supervisors... As one popular management saying goes, ppl do not leave companies, they leave their bosses !!!!

Monday, May 23, 2005 4:45:00 AM  
Blogger crsathish said...

hello ram, interesting article with good gif. pls. keep blogging.

Monday, May 23, 2005 9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


good article. nice pictures as well. u got out before u got converted isn't it ( year 10) ?


Monday, May 23, 2005 7:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

anand / somu.... I agree that money & supervisors also influence one's decision..

sathish..thanks for visiting

thuglak...good decision, isn't it?

Monday, May 23, 2005 9:56:00 PM  

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