July 11, 2006

Job change: A Paradigm Shift???

Recently I changed my job!

Not that I was fed up in the old organization, but there were many factors behind this decision

  • Most importantly, I had decided to build my career in CMM and related frameworks
  • Professional headhunters and recruiters in the companies had started to ask me why in the same organization for the last five years (!!!)
  • I think, one has to follow the prevailing pattern. In Indian IT, very few people keep the same company (?) for longer duration. Of course, unless one gets supernatural growth and sees some professional benefits in sticking with one organization
  • While I saw nothing wrong in continuing in the same organization for next three years, it was this market mood which had set me thinking about it
  • The sheer excitement of the prospect of changing a job fuelled my desire

I floated my resume and spread the word through my friends and landed a good opportunity.

After changing the job, I realized that I was stepping in to a different paradigm. The organizational culture becomes a paradigm for someone who has spent good time of one’s career in one organization. A job change in this situation means that one is stepping out of one paradigm and going into another one.

Therefore, a job change, in a sense, is a paradigm shift.

With this as background and given that my experience ranges to approximately a decade, let me share an article with you. I came across this article recently through a newsletter. Let me say, personally, it’s a 'well timed' discovery.

Joe Wynne, the author, describes a scenario when one experienced person has been hired in the project team and the subsequent situations it gives rise to.

The author describes the challenges, the leader of the team has, when an experienced person comes on board.

I think, a capable and experienced resource is a dream come true for any project manager and inability to handle this person effectively can prove out to be a fatal and costly mistake.

In my opinion, one must be on a constant watch while in process of integrating himself with the new organization and shoud not let one’s own fundamental values to be compromised. Monetary gains becomes secondary after you spend a decade in the profession. It’s the values that start giving you satisfaction and make your career.

Click here to read the complete article

While I have taken my notes from the article, you can enjoy reading it and take your own notes.

Happy reading

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