Taking Career Risks
Jasbina Ahluwalia asks Dhru Beeharilal: What a fascinating bio. Given the diversity of your professional experiences, I wanted to start off by asking you to share any guidance you may have for our listeners from your own experience regarding career transitions, especially with taking risks and detours in one’s career.
It depends on where you are in your career.
Taking Career Risks: Early Years
Generally, the earlier on you are in your career, the more likely you are to take risks.
In the first six years or so, you can take more risks and pursue more opportunities based on what you want.
Taking Career Risks: Pre-Decade Years
In seven to ten years, it’s a more medium risk time.
Taking Career Risks: Beyond 10 Years
With ten-plus years, people typically tend to be more wedded to their jobs and companies because they’ve been there for so long and their retirement will vest.
The younger you are in general, the more risk you’re able to take. You can bounce back from it a lot easier and explain a lot more about it.
Taking Career Risks: The Key
The key is finding out what you really want to do for the rest of your life.
Taking Career Risks: Last Generation
Gone are the days where you’re with one company for your entire life, like our parent’s generation. That was what they did.
They got a job in their 20s. They worked that way until retirement or before.
Taking Career Risks: Detours and Transitions
Nowadays, it’s all about detours and transitions. Ask anyone who has had a job one year. Two years from now, you don’t have the same job. That’s just the way it is nowadays.
The important thing to remember is if you don’t ask for whatever you want, whether it’s more money, a different position or to put yourself forward, the answer is always going to be no.
How many times did you catch yourself taking career risks? Share some of the transitions with us in the comments section below.
The above is an excerpt from Jasbina’s interview with Dhru Beeharilal.
The entire interview transcript is at: Dhru Beeharilal NetIP (Network of Indian Professionals) Interview – Being True to You
Listen to the entire interview on: Intersections Match Talk Radio – Jasbina’s Lifestyle Show