Cost and benefit

  • agonyaunt
Kathmandu

Apr 17, 2018-

Dear Aunt,

I just got myself into a new job at a company that works as a manpower supplier for the Gulf countries. I switched jobs because my last job showed no sign of growth opportunity. This job on the other hand comes with a lot of responsibilities, a good position and a handsome salary. There’s only one problem—the reputation. Manpower companies are notorious for their nature of business and every time somebody asks me about my job, I feel deeply uncomfortable. I feel ashamed. I only took the job because I wanted financial independence and extra income to raise my baby comfortably. But, even my family is a little skeptical about my line of work. While I do believe that all jobs are equal, I do find myself questioning if this was the right thing to do. I think I want to switch jobs again, but I am already in my early 30’s and it’s high time for me to settle in an organisation. I feel like it’s about time that I have a set career. What should I do? Do I look for another job or give my best at the current one? 

—Sony 

Dear Sony, 

The decision is yours to make. As far as your present is concerned, if you are making enough to feel financially independent and to raise the baby comfortably; and think that you can get through the job without getting frustrated or affected by what other people think of your nature of work; stay at the job. However, if the job comes at a price, especially at the cost of your internal peace, and affects your ability to perform efficiently on a daily basis—you might want to quit. Manpower companies can be run in ethical and unethical ways, and it is not right to paint them all with a broad stroke. Either way, they are essential to our remmitance based economy and you should find out about your company’s practices instead of just going by what you are hearing on the outside. More importantly, does the job feel right? Do you feel like you belong there? Is it worth the switch from the last job? If the answer is yes, stay. When the time comes, if you can get a job that doesn’t come with as much money but one that vibes with your conscience, you might consider switching. 

 

 

Growing pains

Dear Aunt, 

I am a 22-year-old guy currently working as a runner boy in an ad agency in Kathmandu. I barely make eight thousands per month. I personally know that I am smart enough to do a job that is more intellectual and pays better. I am often helping my colleagues come up with witty ideas for ads and few of them have been approved by the clients too. I feel like it’s time for me to move up in the world, I want to do something creative. But there’s one huge problem. I am a high school dropout. I never liked school and hence I never studied beyond grade 11. No matter where I go, including the organisation I am currently at, everybody wants to look at the degree before they give me a job. But, I don’t want to go back to school. How can I land a good job without a degree? 

—Ash 

Dear Ash, 

You are at a place where you feel like you are ready for growth and that’s great! You really are ready to move up in the world. It is true that wherever you go they ask for your education qualification. You might not want to go to school, but what if you can complete schooling without having to stay through the classes? Use the lax education system in the country to your benefit. While you are still working as a runner boy, enroll yourself in a high school programme and college thereafter and not have to actually go to school—just study at home and sit through exams. You just need to find an educational institution that suits your needs. This way you can earn and learn at the same time. 

While it is true that a degree takes you places, in today’s world it is not mandatory to have a degree to your name. Many successful people never really went to school; they ascended to the top with the aid of their skills and calibre. Yes, job hunting can be frustrating; hence your secret weapon here might be public relations. If you want to land a job where you can exploit your skills, make friends with the right people. Start at your current job. If you want a creative job, start showing your creative side to the people that have an influence on your organisation’s HR. Let your creativity spill. Let them see how capable you are before you make a direct approach. Once you have established yourself as the guy with ideas, ask them for the job. Or you might as well start with an internship. If they can’t give you the job, ask them for an internship opportunity where you can prove your calibre. However, you need to understand that there is no short-cut here. If you want to grow, you have to work hard and smart. 

Published: 17-04-2018 07:26

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