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3 pm Aug 16, 2013

Career myths you shouldn't fall for

Being aware of the career myths that can hold you back will help you avoid falling for them. It is important to be realistic about your career path and what you want from it. Join Amit Bansal, CEO and co-founder of PurpleLeap, for a webchat on the most common career myths and how to counteract them.
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9 questions answered | 1 question pending
  • Sir,I am working for a company for the last 8 years. Do you feel changing Jobs will help one to get better exposure ? Asked by: Shiri
  • Amit Bansal 8 yrs is a good amount of time for today's professional to gain mastery over a subject or domain or skill. You could be thinking about the mastery level. Also, you can think about education (online or full-time) which could perhaps open up interesting options within your current org. lastly one thing you could definitely do is talk to someone you trust within your current org, perhaps somebody senior and seek his/her opinion...
  • Hello, sir, the topic of this chat session is itself so mysterious and weird given the current scenario all over. These days jobs ( top & senior level) jobs are hard to come by for which one needs to have suitable vocational training as well as good qualification. people in top positions in corporate world always give example of themselves stating that they started their career from nowhere, it was all scratch level job, they used to do some odd jobs and it was a long way and wait that saw them through. how true is this? Asked by: Tanveer Md Masood
  • Amit Bansal One thing is well noted about careers is that it cannot be perfectly planned. Many top level people have confessed that they ended up at the top not because it was the only plan but because of many things they did. For example, they were ready to take risks, ready to relocate, ready to unlearn, ready to lead people, ready to take responsibility for failure, ready to give others recognition etc.
  • Can politics be a career ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Amit Bansal Mainstream politics is now engaging educated youth more than ever. This is one of those careers, where you cannot enter it with half motivation and purpose. It again depends on how you define a career.
  • when the skye opened up many spent good money to get into flying and got licences as pilot. With the nose dive the industry had they are not flying high. Could this have been avoided ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Amit Bansal In hindsight, yes. But to avoid making similar mistakes again, professionals need to think differently than just fall for popular career choices. The thinking needs to include one's strengths, what kind of value one can contribute etc
  • Many of the recognised institutions get Campus selection done and they get it to news or advertise it. How many Institutions engage in a counselling to guide the youth to the careers which could be good for them ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Amit Bansal Interesting question, it also brings out the critical aspect of what could make a long-term impact for the student, that is counselling. While a job is important and urgent, thinking about what path the student takes and with what conviction, is crucial.
  • for most of the youngsters the choice comes first on the monetary consideration and then on the reputation of the organisation. Not many look inti long term perspective.Why ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Amit Bansal This has a lot to do with perceptions created by many factors, like, media, friends, relatives. Perhaps this has to do with the perception that getting a job in famous company like a trophy to be exhibited. Interestingly it is true with not just jobs but also things like consumer goods, where people can easily fall for cheaper/popular vs. durability
  • Should we go for early money vs opportunity for growth? Asked by: Arnold Nitin M S
  • Amit Bansal The immediate answer to that is in the early to middle part of the career, it is always good to for opportunity than money, imagine being on a rocket, then it does not matter where you are sitting in the rocket, if you rise fast (in terms of learning and experience) then money should technically, as per job market forces, follow.
  • The choice for a MNC over a Desi still exists. Is it because of Corporate image building which MNC do, where our Desi ones lack ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Amit Bansal This is again a perception thing. Or what we could call it a 'myth'. You need to look at several factors other than just indian/mnc. things like, what sector the company is in, the background of the founders etc, so yes, mnc is attractive by the sound of it, but it may mean little, for example: a restaurant can say it has a global cuisine, but you are more comfortable in Indian veg. food
  • Sir, I am currently working in a small project management consulting firm for last one year (work wise no much learning as the client is a gov organization). Prior to that I was working as a design engineer for 2 years. So there is not much of specialization as far my career in concerned for last 3 years. I passed out from IITG. Will it be helpful to get a Masters in project management. Kindly elaborate. Asked by: rajnsih
  • Amit Bansal The important question here you have to ask yourself? Do you like Project Mgmt? Do you feel you will be good at it? The second question will be based on your prior experience.

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CEO and co-founder, PurpleLeap