Does a career change at 30 or 35 in India make sense?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Career change at 30 in IndiaA generation back, when ‘one job for life’ was pretty much the accepted philosophy for the conservative working class, a career change at 30 or 35 in India was taboo.

Unless there was a lay-off (another less frequent phenomenon), Indians employees wouldn’t even be thinking of a career change after 30.

The benevolent company ensure that all their needs were taken care of. As the employees crossed 25, 30, 40, 50, a change of career became not only less relevant but also less practical. Not any more.

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Choosing between being a careerwoman or a housewife and mother

Written by Sameer Kamat

Housewife and motherhood or Career-womanNo matter what your qualifications and capabilities are, if you are a woman, the roadmap is more or less pre-defined for you. After marriage, you’d be expected to settle down. Which indirectly translates to – give up your career and take care of your husband and kids.
Ranjini Shankar takes us through her thought process as she made a difficult choice – to pursue her career aspirations after becoming a mother. And she had a rock solid supporter.

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10 Ways to improve your chances of getting a job after college

Written by Sameer Kamat

In this guest post, Aditya Singhal shares job hunting tips and ideas on how to improve your chances of getting a good job after college.

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MBA job opportunities by industry and function

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

As thousands graduate globally from the hallowed grounds of the programs of yore, we were curious to check where they are headed in terms of job opportunities. In the past, we’ve examined a lot of different MBA jobs and careers one can take after graduating from international business schools.

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Careers in Music Industry: Composer / Arranger / Producer jobs

Written by Sameer Kamat

Music Careers & JobsIn our ongoing attempts to uncover and present unconventional jobs and careers, this time we focus on careers in the music industry. Jobs like music composer, arranger and producer can be creative and rewarding.

After completing his engineering degree in Computer Science, like a good, obedient IT professional, Vijay Krishna worked in software jobs for close to a decade. As a loyal soldier of his tech employer, he also served his time in USA.

But along the way, he realised that his real passion was in the music industry. He yearned to get his fingers tapping on a different type of keyboard. He carved his own career path and took up various music jobs as a composer, arranger and producer.
Vijay covers his musical journey and shares tips on how you can break into the music industry, the qualifications needed, the investment in software/hardware (if you decide to take up the freelancing route), the salary you can expect and more.

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Why MBA after engineering

Written by Sameer Kamat

If you have been scouring the net for international MBA related information, you’d know that a huge number of applicants from India have B.E, B.Tech, M.Tech degrees and several years of work experience after completing their engineering course. You don’t see a similar trend in other professions such as medicine, law, finance / chartered accountancy, entrepreneurship.  Why is an MBA after engineering such a popular option for Indian professionals?

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Career change: Why I left the corporate world

Written by Sameer Kamat

It has been around 3 years since I left my corporate job and I thought it was a good time for an introspective post on why I took a decision that appeared to be a big risk at that time (more from the perspective of folks who were concerned about my well-being). Many have asked me this question, so I thought I’d share it in a blog post to give some rest to my vocal cords.

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Business Development Job Description & Salary Range

Written by Sameer Kamat

In our earlier post on Business Development Careers, we covered the basic concepts of Biz Dev roles. As a follow-up, we now include the business development job description for a few sample roles at various levels of seniority right from Business development manager to head of BD. The sample job descriptions should give you a good idea of the roles and responsibilities, reporting framework, compensation (salary and incentives) and the key skills needed.
Check it out and decide if you see yourself growing in this field.

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MBA Careers: Product Manager Job Description

Written by Sameer Kamat

We’ve been seeing an increasing number of folks (who come to us for the MBA MAP, MBA essays, Career MAP) aiming to get into product management roles. Many are from the technology industry. Some are hoping to use the MBA path to get product manager jobs that allow them to move to the business side. But the role of a product manager isn’t confined to the technology industry. There are people who are currently working in the FMCG industry or in the area of high fashion and they have the same designation.

It is fascinating to hear stories about how things work across various industries. Someone we worked with recently shared stories about how he manages endorsement contracts with celebrities, including a recent one with Katrina Kaif. I’ll leave you to guess what product was.

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Career Counselling: How to deal with a mid-life career crisis

Written by Sameer Kamat

It’s only a matter of time before working men and women will start facing the heat of a mid-life career crisis in their job. It’s seldom an overnight development that you can quickly put your finger on. Instead it starts creeping up slowly but surely. Office politics, burnout, ego clashes, loss of management trust, self defeating feelings of self-doubt.
If you want to find out how you’ve been managing your career well, try out the free career planning tool on this –> Career Guidance page.

Listening to the frustration release song (can you guess who’s the singer?) can offer a few moments of solace, but no real solution. For many, a job change or an international MBA seems like a good escape route to reset the clock and start off afresh. But it’s an expensive & risky option and there’s no guarantee that the mid-life career problems you were facing will disappear. What if they resurface in the new company in a different form?

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