Strategic career moves

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Unknowingly, I have made right moves in my career. Except for the beginning, nothing else was properly planned.

I have worked in 2 regions and in the Head office. I have worked in General Trade and have considerable experience in Modern Trade. Since my CV is highly skewed towards MT, the current role will balance it out with GT experience. I have handled 3 teams in different territories of the country.

I didn’t realise earlier how important all of this is to move up the corporate ladder. And if you are not mobile at the start of your career, it is so much more difficult to do after 10-15 years. Whether am happy with my current location or not, I won’t be making any hasty moves which are not strategic. A mistake at this stage could hurt so much more and am not going to take that chance.

No matter how difficult the next 6-12 months are for me and KC, the kind of weightage it will have on my CV is huge and am willing to stick it out. Sure, this means expecting mentors to support me when am feeling down, which is more often than I’d like.

Sometimes, the unfairness of the corporate career is too glaring to ignore. And yet, I don’t think I would have taken the short cut. I am ok with taking the slighter longer route which has more hardships but more learning. The hope is that it will all be worth it. 5 or 10 years down the line, this experience will lead to something big. Atleast, that’s the hope.

This role is giving me a long term view and am more reluctant to make decisions for short term decisions. It is as if am sitting on the other side of the table and have so much more clarity than before. Also have to be patient with people who still think about small wins they get today instead of focusing on the big wins 3-5 years down the line.



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