“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
After two phenomenal years of launching apps at the Landmark Group’s Web Team, I’ve decided to move on. But before that, I wanted to thank the incredible people and fabulous products that made this journey truly remarkable.
My B2C Debut
Firstly, a big thanks to Arjit, Ziyaad, Daniel and Savitar for sensing potential in my B2B Product skills and entrusting me to lead consumer products. Also Derrick, for offering a wide range of responsibilities ranging from E-commerce to Loyalty strategy, Continue reading Goodbye Web Team→
My decision to leave L&T was reactive. While I evaluated the opportunity using some criteria, the move itself wasn’t planned. As overwhelming as career planning is, it is important get started. Start with a long-term vision, break it down to define short-term milestones, and then come up with an action plan. I did this exercise with my entire team and it was all worth the effort – everyone had found enough challenges and was working towards a personal goal. It also lead to 0 attrition. Action items will usually be along the lines of enhancing your toolkit, business acumen and people skills. It could also mean updating your resume. And it could well demand getting out of your comfort zone to meet those goals.
I feel associating ranks to one’s priorities and analyzing quantitatively really helps trade-off between opportunity cost and risk. I’ve used it not only with job offers, but also when looking at houses, and funny enough, my life partner. Remember, everyone has different needs and priorities. The list below is how I look at choices – not necessarily in that order. You might need to tweak it for yourself –download or view the spreadsheet online.
1. Opportunity & Toolkit
Enhances your toolkit?
Offers challenges, opportunities to learn?
Novelty*? A new domain / technology / vertical / market
Gives access to good mentors & a network?
Opens new avenues in the future**?
Offers better title***? Consider position in the organization hierarchy, competition
Offers a better role? Influence v/s Authority, Leadership * Novelty alone shouldn’t be a driver
** Don’t overrate future prospects when starting your career
*** Opt for a rationalized, industry-wide title
2. Goals & Passion
Makes best use of your passion?
Gets you a step closer to a future goal?
Aligns with personal interests – wealth, network, travel?
Gives a meaning, purpose to your life?
Leaving your comfort zone?
Chances of failing in the new role?
Relocating to a new country/city?
Could this be short-term? Changing jobs too often?
Employment contract? Notice period?
Is your gut sounding an alarm? * Answering No means low risk, high score ** Taking no action also has its own risk