Career dilemma: get started or wait

It’s been some time since i last posted anything here. My website has finally been revamped. But still there’s a couple of stuffs to be included which is why i have not officially announced the “launch” of my newly revamped site.

I actually have alot of postings and updates for you guys. watch out for this space ok šŸ™‚

As for today, i just wanted to remind everyone the importance of being flexible instead of being too rigid when it comes to career decision.

For instance, if you wish to be a banker. Many of you would only wish to join the big boys from the start. Goldman Sach, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, etc. If you do not get to hear from any of them, you would rather not join others to just kick start your career.

Another scenario could be you have finally been selected to join one of the big boys. But you are only being offered a temp position or on contract basis for 3 – 6 months. Being risk adverse, you would rather stay unemployed than to join a company on contractual basis as we often would prefer something more permanent.

Here’s my point of view. You have got to put yourself in the employer’s shoe. For scenario 1, if you are one of the big boys, would you hire YOU? if not, why? What is stopping them from hiring you. One of the reasons is probably the lack of relevant experience. Which means, sometimes, you just have to join other smaller set up first before you can be part of the big boys.

For the 2nd scenario, temp job over perm job, i would say it doesn’t matter. Nothing is permanent these days anyway. When someone offer you a temp position, it might means one of two things.
1) the company do not have budget for permanent headcount.
2) they do not have enough faith in your ability yet
In any case, you are suppose to shine and proof yourself be it you are being offered a temp or perm position. My suggestion is to get your foot in first. if you reject the offer, it might means you are just not hungry nor passionate enough to be part of them.

In short, you can think big. But you need to start somewhere to get to your big dreams. If you don’t start, you will get to NO WHERE.

To finish a race, you must get started. The faster you start, the sooner you get to see the end point. Getting started is key. Do whatever it takes to get you started.