I am an engineer working in syntel and going to complete 1 yr on 23rd feb 2016. It’s just like as if i am sitting in front of the system without any interest of doing any coding. I want to go for something else, don’t knw what but atleast i know that i don’t wanna stay in this technical field. This is something never attracted me. I am here just till i get a good option coz this company is paying me a descent salary. Sometimes i think to leave my job and go back home , prepare for MBA but then i think if i don’t make it then what? atleast here i am earning something.
I am very much confused as what to do. Which career option i must go for. I have few interests like –
convey my thoughts regarding what type of injustice i see everyday, social issues, things that are not justifiable in today’s world etc….I feel and even people say to me that i am good in counselling someone. I love interacting with different type of people, understanding their thoughts,reading a person’s actions, behaviour, thoughts. I even thought of going for psychology(masters) but again i don’t know its future aspects. Sometimes I feel that i could be good as an HR. Then why not to go for MBA in HR as along with other interests i also possess good communication skills. It’s just that i don’t feel like spending everyday my 10-12 hrs in office and spend the rest of my life in living this monotonous routine. Everyday i get an urge to do something exciting like travel, explore different places, people, to do something which interest me and with that i could earn a descent money for my livelihood and above all satisfaction. I don’t want to compromise my happiness. This confused situation is putting me into depression and nobody understand this.
For the very first time i saw a platform where somebody is guiding so well and there are thousands of my friends who are going through this.
Really appreciate your efforts. Looking forward for some help.
- Shipra Mishra asked 2 years ago
Thanks for your question.
Let me summarize:
- You are absolutely bored with your current job in engineering
(a.k.a. sitting in front of computer all day)
- You are considering doing an MBA
- You have interests in fields like HR, human rights issues, counseling (NOTE: seems you want more people-to-people
- You want to get out of the “cubicle” life and want to explore the world
Cool! So let me give you some suggestions. And let us take it step by step.
****1. Boring engineering jobs****
Unfortunately many boring engineering jobs abound. The main draw is good pay and a stable career. If you have some interest in engineering, then there are many interesting engineering jobs out there. Important question to ask yourself. From your notes it seems you want to move out of engineering — just double confirm with yourself. And then start looking on ways to move out of engineering.
****2. Doing an MBA****
Speaking of ways to move out of engineering, an MBA is one of the best options out there. You really are NOT doing anything “unconventional” by doing an MBA. But it may be a crucial first step in getting out of the rut you are in.
Just note: MBA opens up a lot of opportunities. People get lost in the sea of opportunities and end up choosing the option that is most lucrative / what their class rank allows them to. This is where having a solid agenda will really help you i.e. knowing what you want to get out from your MBA. Which brings us to…
****3. Your interests****
So you have interests in dealing with people issues. That is great. A few pointers:
Do you have a portfolio? Do you have anything to show for your interests? e.g. have you already done some volunteer work to solve human rights issues? Your friends tell you that you are good at counseling, but can you show some concrete evidence to a prospective employer (say when you are looking for MBA internships). This is very crucial. Do note that it does not have to be a regular experience — you can build up experience on the side in anything while working at your engineering job. For example, this blog is my way of building a “writing” portfolio while I go about my “engineering” job. And believe me, my blog has helped me in my engineering career too. A good engineer is good, but a good engineer who is also a good writer can be a great asset for a company. You get the idea, right?
While you build up your portfolio in your area of interest, you might be doing regular jobs to keep paying the bills. My book gounconventional.com/book gives a lot of pointers for managing this. And there are a ton of similar resources out there.
I have dealt with this before on my blog. Do read these:
****4. Getting out of the “cubicle” life****
My blog is currently not the best resource for this. I talk about managing a regular career and pursuing a separate passion on the side. You will have to consult other “experts” for figuring this out. Here are some pointers from my blog and elsewhere:
Writing after a long time. Thanks for your valuable advice. I thought a lot about it and landed up joining an MBA coaching. Mentors are good but it’s getting tough to manage both my job n my class as half of my time goes in travelling to office and back forth, then compulsory 9 hrs in ofc. It’s hectic. Sometimes i think to leave my job and concentrate fully on MBA preparation but then somwhere i myself don’t agree of the thought. I desperately want to do it this time but i think m not being able to do any justification wid my studies….. Please suggest what would be good…..
Tough tough tough Shipra. That’s the kind of situation we find ourselves with sometimes.
The decision to do both or concentrate on only MBA is a big one. Cannot really advise one path over the other. I only can say that everyone’s path is different, and everyone has different way of thinking and moving forward. What does your heart tell you? Sometimes there are certain ground truths that make the decision very clear. Only you will know and feel the right path for you.
Best wishes and keep me posted.
Thanks for your reply. I know suggesting someone something which depends on the thinking of an individual , is tough. But as you said, follow what your heart says- My heart says, leave this job but on the other hand my mind contradicts the thought.I am stuck in this web. The solution which i thought of, is shifting my coaching to weekends rather than going in weekdays , early in the morning . I couldn’t start with my studies again but I am trying hard to start it all over again. I hope, I make it.
Somehow, i decided this time that i want to quit my job. Is this the right decision to take? Or shall i wait for my 2 yrs of bond to complete and then leave the job so that i’ll have an experience letter with me. Please suggest is my decision right?