Well the truth is – it took me a lot of courage to take this decision. It certainly wasn’t an easy one. I knew it that my career graph was not what I had envisioned and I chose to ignore it for a long time- by consoling myself that I have good work life balance, good pay and a brand name, I can focus on my baby and on my writing. People like reading my blogs, let me focus on the good things in my life. A person cannot get everything- maybe a good career is not meant for me.
But I couldn’t fool myself for long as I knew in my heart that I put in my best into whatever work I did. If that was not getting its due, it’s time for me to move. I cannot keep blaming people around and complaining, I had to do something change it.
And that led me to explore new opportunities which then meant moving to a new city. As I sit back and analyze what went wrong and what mistakes I should avoid in my career going forward, the following 3 come to mind:
2) Don’t ever let anyone demoralize you – you are awesome, smart, efficient, capable, dedicated, committed, have technical expertise and are doing your job really well. Don’t look for that validation from others, tell yourself this. Have a strong self worth and don’t let anyone ever erode it. I have very good academic credentials with an all India rank and I have always had a high level of confidence in my abilities. But few people started spewing negativity time and again and over time my confidence in myself took a dent. I started doubting my abilities, and that was a big mistake. I am not implying one should develop a superiority complex but it’s very important to believe in yourself for without that one can never succeed. We may meet people who try to trample our confidence but not allowing them to deter us – this is a resolve we must make.
Being cognizant of this fact and treading cautiously and smartly right from the smart is important.
As I embark on a new journey I on my part would strive to put my best foot forward and avoid these mistakes.