Why I Left Working for Organizations?
With the passage of time, I realized that there are too many people who are experienced enough to manage businesses. I started my career as a part-time Sales Executive while doing my first year of my graduation (B. A Economics). After graduation, I started to work for some of the most established BPO MNCs in Noida and Gurgaon. Ever since I left the BPO sector, I have always worked for startups in different roles, namely; Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Business Development. The learning has been enriching, which made me confident to apply for senior positions. I never received any response for these roles; the reason might be I was too young for such roles or may be my job history didn’t show a sign of stability. I do get some offers but it’s not worth at the expense of my health and happiness.
I often asked myself; “with so much experience in startups, why do I need to wait for opportunities?” This is where I decided to focus on self-employment by doing a part-time job that supports me initially. I started six to seven months ago, I realized that I’m on the right track even though the money is less, but my health isn’t compromised and I’m also getting a chance to go for a vacation and spend more time with my family since my Dad’s retirement is due soon, on 31st May 2017. The best thing is that my part-time job is giving me medical benefits and provident fund which never exists in startups. By the way, I don’t even spend money on transport, which is another plus point for me. In other words, my health insurance and retirement fund is taken care of. In fact, I’m also getting more time for my self-employment project, by attending different business events and conferences. I’m not just an economics student, but an ardent reader of books on humanities since my school days.
My special interest in self-employment is because I want to spend more time on reaching out to my classmates and hostel mates in my school days. Their presence has made my life fruitful and enriching. The hostel St. Paul’s Apostolic School (Upper Shillong), is one of the few Catholic institutions where students from villages and urban centers are living together under one roof. Meeting them always makes me happy because they are kind, loving and sharing. They show me a path of life to accept circumstances that are beyond our reach and move on. I do feel that one can always reason to circumstances within our reach but should never try to reason to any situation that is beyond our control.
I do believe some of our professionals have sent a considerable amount of their time in residential schools and college hostels. If they can only take a moment and think about reconnecting once again with their hostel mates in school or college; I’m certain, it would give them a different perspective in life, despite the changes that has taken place in everyone’s life. Some would say, “There would always be a time for work, but one can always take a day off and visit one’s old classmates and hostel mates, to relive once again the old memories”. Some would say; “life is a beautiful journey and the purpose of this journey is to be happy and cherish those moments that one has lived despite our limitations.