Resist the two-year itch

September 15, 2012

Survey respondents stated that many young professionals make naïve career decisions, and do not spend sufficient time on understanding the job profile and the culture of the prospective employer. These career decisions can be driven by peer pressure (that is, one of their peers was promoted and they were not, or their self-perception is inflated, or career expectations are too aggressive given their current experience level).

Moreover, many professionals in India exacerbate the problem by leaving the job without discussing the reasons behind their dissatisfaction with their employer. Some of these job changes might be avoided if such employees were more open in voicing their concerns. As the young Indian professional is coming of age, he too is grappling with this challenge on a personal level. A majority of young Indian professionals in their mid to late twenties have been raised in an environment where loyalty to a job or an employer was a given and career advancement depended more on tenure than on performance.

For them making this decision is not a cakewalk. They are trying to find a delicate balance between long-term career potential and short-term rewards, and more often do not have an experienced senior to look up to for guidance.Employers need to take on the role of a mentor and provide an environment that allows employees to voice their concern, invest in enhancing the skills of the team, promote healthy-work-life balance and give them opportunities to grow within. Young professionals, on their part, should resist the temptation of near-term financial gains at the expense of learning and holistic career growth.

Source: Business Standard