Vijay Eswaran on Choosing a Work Setting for Meeting Your Career Goals

Given that many people are conservative in nature, many graduates only think of looking for jobs after they graduate instead of looking on the flipside of being able to create jobs.

Vijay Eswaran, executive chairman QI Group, encourages students to open their world not only to job seeking, but also to job creation. Consequently, he is urging institutions of higher learning to encourage graduates to take risks.

Adapting to an Ever-changing World

With the advent of artificial intelligence, robotics and innovation, the world is quickly changing. It is, therefore, crucial for graduates to adapt to the pace of change in the globe.

While addressing students at a forum in Universiti Malaya, Vijay Eswaran, noted that graduates from countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan have mastered the art of getting experience first from the corporate setting, but that they do not limit their work experience to this setting. These graduates look forward to being their own bosses and creating employment opportunities for others.

Choosing a Work Setting

While comparing the corporate and startup work environment, Vijay Eswaran informed students of his decision to go the startup way. He, however, noted there is nothing wrong with either going the startup or corporate way. However, he urges graduates to weigh the pros and cons of working in either setting before choosing which suits them best.

It is important to pay attention to your personality, unique needs and work style even as you make this decision as both environments are unique and challenging in their own special way. Most importantly, it is important to choose a job meeting your qualifications.

Differences between Startup and Corporate Setting

In a startup setting, a student has to be both a team member and the leader. The responsibility accompanying this is enormous since there is little or no delegation of responsibilities. Additionally, the startup setting is ever evolving and need you to think out of the box all the time to solve problems.

It is, however, very fast-paced and there’s open communication. This to him is the beauty of the startup setting. On the other hand, in an already established business, you have a structured setting where you can methodically work towards achieving your goals. Consequently, no work setting is better than the other since you get to work towards your goals in both.

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