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possible career options..

 
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Hey all..

Hope everyone is doing great.

I need your help in deciding my 'next step' .. Ofcourse I am considering different options (and naturally the first thing you might say is "follow your heart".. but what if heart is confused too ..

I have varied experience as Java/j2ee developer for 2+ years (India), quality assurance/tester (US) for 1 year and consulting(IIMA, India) for 1 year...still continuing..

Couple of months down the line I am thinking of switching again, BUT this time to make it as Long-time career option..

As you must have guessed it right, being worked in different fields I am confused which one to finally go for.

Can you please guide me what could be best possible option for me. I have willingly worked in different streams with an attitude of gaining new experiences and enjoying each phase of it. Is there anything I can do wherein I can put in all my skills to work? including technology, quality , consulting? What all options can I consider?

Shall I do SCJP and get back to Java
Or
do MBA and get into Managemnet consulting
Or
start something on my own
Or
Do something totally off the track like I even have passion for 'travel and tourism', 'food and catering'.

any frank opinions? I would possibly wanna work in Mumbai, India.

Thank you for reading thru this long mail and responding
 
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Wow! Never knew somebody who wore so many hats!!

Do what you enjoy most...'Travel and Tourism' is my first suggestion as it allows (I think) one to meet many types of people and have varied experiences through visiting places and cultures.

AK
 
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Hi Ritika,
I can understand your situation but now the decision what you will be taking is a very important one.Since you want to go for a long time career.The most important thing is you need to enjoy the work what you are doing.Take time to decide in which field you are interested and where you want to pursue your career.All the best .

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Hey...those were real quick responses..thanks!

But I want to hear more. Anyone please?

As you said Abhijit, tourism is on my list as I too enjoy meeting people and knowing their cultures.. you said it right, its fun in its own way - I myself have enjoyed going around world and interacting with people and would definitely like to assist anyone and everyone to enjoy the way I did.

Can you tell me "how" to enter tourism market? any other tips?
 
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Hi,

Well I can suggest more on IT related field.If I were you I would first prioritize what I need most.Money,fun or career?
IT Professionals are paid well and with financial security you can have more fun in life.You can travel easily being in IT.
For the rest of the things you have mentioned, I guess you dont have an idea how to make a career out of it...but you are already in IT for couple of yrs so you know what its like and do you enjoy it or not!
Also development and testing goes hand in hand so you can easily pick any one since you have taste of both.
Good luck in your career path!
 
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Start something on your own if you are confident.
 
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so we have all sorts of answers..

I am glad I started this thread. Its definitely helping me in my thought process!! Thanks guys!!

Preeti .. the priorities you mentioned fun, career, money are all number ONE on my list ... .. But to be frank, money is my last priority and who wont like if money is followed with fun and excitement too..
As you pointed out correctly I dont have any experience in other passions I mentioned. But again, I wanna be my own boss. This put me into another thought process. Can anyone tell me about freelancing? How does it work?
 
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I have varied experience as Java/j2ee developer for 2+ years (India), quality assurance/tester (US) for 1 year and consulting(IIMA, India) for 1 year...still continuing..



I am not clear...Are you doing your Mba now in IIM-A or are you working in IIM-A..?
 
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If you have a penchant for entrepreneurship go for it...It is much better than a IT job where you work for someone...

In fact,if you have a great passion for Food and Cuisine plan and go for it...Food related business is a roaring business with a great potential in India
Read the inspiring story of this IIM graduate who rejected good job offers to start something of his own... http://www.rediff.com/money/2006/aug/31spec.htm
 
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Freelancing is probably just like contracting.


-- Set up your own company or set up via a contracting umbrella company
-- Apply for Java/J2EE jobs via online advertisements or contacts.
-- Attend interviews with the companies and secure a contract (3 months,
6months, 1 year etc) and negotiate your rates.
-- Your contracts can get further extended or if you had finished that
project start all over again.

This is what I am currently doing and quite enjoy it. Learning new things all the time. Also you can build up a good rapport with the organizations you had worked for as part of networking. If the market turns sour, you have some numbers to call. There are benefits and risks in contracting and you need to weight up your options. You can mitigate the risks by elevating your ability to get employed.
 
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Work for a company for some time, try to get as much face to face with the client and then finally steal them. Thats what I would do.
 
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Work for a company for some time, try to get as much face to face with the client and then finally steal them. Thats what I would do.



Doesn't it sound highly unethical...?It is like betraying the trust....Anyways with the budget of the projects running into millions and billions the probability of stealing looks bleak...There is a good possibility of the Client informing your company and you getting screwed...
[ December 19, 2007: Message edited by: Rambo Prasad ]
 
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