Monday, October 30, 2006

A bonfire of vanities

My State-topper roommate has forced me to come up with a post on a Monday night, which surprises my own self. I’d probably be better off watching stars in the night sky, but let’s not digress.

The issue of what is glamour (I mean, glamour in the job market) has been in my mind for a long time now. If you’ve even been remotely associated with B-schools, have you ever noticed a slight condescension towards IT jobs? It’s not really very pronounced, but you notice it nonetheless. I’ve long wondered what has caused the lost fascination towards this field, and the only answer I could come up with is: because IT jobs are available in plenty.

So, does plenty mean that it’s ‘mass’ commodity?

The way I look at it now: even you perform decently well, you can actually have a flying career. ‘Flying’ is deliberate. I see a lot of people with 2+ years of work experience meeting CxOs in organizations worth millions, or perhaps, billions of dollars. You don’t just get to meet them. You sell your service. You market yourself, and your company, country and everything in between. The margin isn’t in hundreds; not even in thousands. And when the deal is done, you mostly end up sipping fine coffee or, perhaps, cognac in a beach corner in California. Or maybe even in South Korean. When the dawn comes, you commute to office and settle down to work in a chilled environment and meet only, repeat only, highly educated people.

Not at all a bad deal I guess.

I may be over-exaggerating, or may be not, and I know I’ve left off the bad stuff, but my point is not really to glorify the whole thing. It’s just that I don’t understand why such a thing has to be viewed with a smirk in the face. Guess it’s one of the multitude of phenomena that you are never supposed to understand.

By the way, if you want a more aggressive version of the topic, you’d do good visiting Chandoo’s space.


At Thursday, November 02, 2006 7:49:00 PM, Blogger Mars said...

Awesome post Govar! With FMCG, Equity analysis and I-Banking profiles stealing the show at all the placement reports, the IT/ITES is the least praised!

Read Chandoo's post also...Good one guys. Sent this link across the CP_Global newsgroups as well.

At Thursday, November 02, 2006 9:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey prashanth... how're coursing turning out to be? Chilled out 5th term eh?

At Saturday, November 04, 2006 12:20:00 PM, Blogger Jam said...

Hey Govar,

I agree with you on the point that probably the only reason that IT is not so 'hot' any more is because jobs are available in plenty here. But then, there is absolutely no dearth of exciting, and intellectually stimulating work in this sector as well. You just have to search harder I guess.

As for me, am having a ball with all the technology around me, mixed with a decent dash of finance, which I guess will always stay with me. After all my Dad is a Chartered Accountant.



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