“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.
The Web Team, January 2017
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, and launching features and new territories. Thanks for believing in me and I hope I delivered every project to your expectation. Savitar’s passion, humility and attention-to-detail will forever inspire me.
Backstory: My decision to leave L&T was reactive. While I evaluated it using some criteria, the move itself wasn’t planned. This framework is what I used when starting with Landmark in Dubai, and it also served my move to Babbel.
This is an overwhelming, topic but its important to get started! Here’s how to plan start planning your career:
Start with a slightly long-term vision. A 4-6 year horizon intertwining your personal & professional aspiration – fueling the purpose that’ll fuel your passion.
Broken down to define short-term milestones (next 2 years). Enhancing your toolkit: skills, business, tech acumen, or just leadership skills – towards mastery.
Basing career decisions on intuition is a bad idea 👎🏼 Whether you’re kicking off search or accepting an offer, start with figuring what you’re optimizing for.
Basically kicking yourself out of your comfort zone! In this post, we’ll get started thinking what’s important to you. Everyone has needs. Being honest with yourself and prioritizing what’s important to you will not only help decide but also trade-off between opportunity cost and risk.
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