I am an engineer working in Jindal Power Limited for the past 4 years now i want to do something different from this field but not able to understand how to go forward ,i want to study business management but the situations are not allowing me to go for full time although Jindal provides for MBA provided you have to serve them for 4 years after the course moreover college is quite average .i like writing and often write humor blogs. i also want to contribute for social activities but just i have not been able to come out of my comfort zone .please suggest me how i can pursue study further and also involve in some creative writing.
- Abhinav Srivastava asked 3 years ago
- last edited 2 years ago
You mentioned three things:
- do something in your field of work… e.g. do an MBA
- creative writing
- social work
My expertise lies in helping with #2 and #3. For #1, I can only give you generic advice because I do not know your specific situation at your office. But here goes:
To do something in your field of work… e.g. do an MBA
Companies (especially big ones) typically want to tie you into some x-year deal. By placing such restrictions, they can maximize their investment on an employee. If you want to cross these restrictions while remaining in a corporate setting, you need to find people you REALLY admire and go talk to them. They may be within your company, or outside… Talking to them will show you how they progressed in their career. (If you do not find any such people nearby, you will surely find some interesting blogs/books that will give you ideas). You can talk to a few such people, and then formulate your own strategy. This is very generic advice, but it helps for progressing within a corporate environment.
Remember… even if you finish an MBA , you might still end up in a corporate environment, and again you will need to figure out how to progress and find interesting work. So building this skill right now will help you forever.
To do creative writing, or social work
OK, so this is something I can give you solid concrete advice on.
First, pick one of the two things. Since you have a full-time career already, you will not be able to do justice to both creative writing and social work…. unless, you start writing on social topics
You mention that you write humorous blog posts. If that is what you like, do that. There is no greater service to society than following your interest. I am sure even the most passionate of social workers tune into some Laughter Challenge show from time to time… everyone needs a break from time to time. So isn’t a person who generates laughter doing a great service to society then?
[Not everyone may appreciate Sidhu’s jokes, but he is good soul. Image credits: santabanta]
Finally, you mention about coming out of your comfort zone
The world gives a crap about you. Or about me.
For about ten years since I started studying for IIT-JEE, I had stopped writing. I kept thinking that next year, things would get better, and I would get time to restart writing. That time never came.
I decided to take matters in my own hand. I just started writing, and publishing things at this blog.
Every time I wrote something, I posted it on my Facebook walls so that friends and family knew what I was writing about. I changed my Facebook/LinkedIn summary from “Engineer” to “Engineer and part-time writer“.
Did that make me a good writer? I don’t care about that. I know that in the last few years, I have written some good stuff and some bad stuff. But the most important thing is that I STARTED. And I just hope that this world can never make me stop.
So just start stepping out of your comfort zone. For the first few steps, you might feel a little nervous. After that, you will just stop caring. And that is when the fun begins
[BTW: I am writing a book on how to start your unconventional career. I am serially publishing the book at my site. You can check it out here: