My Career Tips

Recently I was asked by my Corporate Communications and Branding team to write a post on Career Tips. The post was part of the weekly Leadership Connect series on LinkedIn and followed a specific template.

It was published on LinkedIn on last Friday and I just got the analytics for the same for the first 3-4 days.

Since I am not from the Digital Marketing background I was not sure what this means. To my pleasant surprise I was told that the Engagement rate of 28.35% is actually very good because the typical engagement rate is very low – as low as 2%. A 2% LinkedIn engagement rate that’s is considered good, and anything above 2% is great.

Since this was my first exposure to such effort, I am happy with the outcome!

Let me share the Career Tips here:

What career advice would you give to your younger self? 

Don’t make a permanent decision based on temporary emotions”. Because of exuberance of youth, lack of patience, or short temper I made few decisions in my early career which, with hindsight knowledge, I would not make again. I now recognise that the temporary emotions (“heat of the moment”) overshadowed my rational and logical thinking and led to sub-optimal decisions which had long-term impact. I would advise my younger self to be more patient, have a long-term view and focus on process rather than proceeds.

Career Tips:

  1. Be A Learning Machine

Schooling stops. Learning never stops. As Alvin Toffler rightly said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

  1. Specialist vs Expert Generalist

At some point in your career you’ll have to choose between becoming a Specialist or an Expert Generalist. Make that choice proactively on your own, rather than circumstances forcing it on you.

  1. Your career trajectory is unique/ non-linear

Don’t compare with or try to mimic someone else’s career graph. There would be long periods when nothing seems to progress and there would be short ones where big growth happens. It’s what you do during the lean/dull periods which shapes up your career

  1. Your life is much bigger and important than career

Career is just a small (though significant) part of your life. Your physical/emotional health, family/relationships, other interests are equally important. Don’t worry so much about the career that other things are affected

Hope some of you find these tips useful.


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