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Bucket List 2016

After having been lazy for so long, I finally decided to put the virtual pen on paper. This list should have come out a month ago. However, better late than never. So, here are a few things I want to do this year –

Read more books – A tangible goal is to read one every two weeks. At the least. And to track my progress, I have joined the HT Brunch Book Challenge. Armed with a new kindle and the rekindled love with words, I hope to be able to do justice to this goal.

Watch more movies – My husband is a complete movie buff. Every time he talks about movies, he gets all animated and excited. And all the movies that I have watched on his recommendation have been really good watch. So this year, I have decided to watch some movies so as to be able to share his enthusiasm. (I know, lucky him 🙂 ) My goal, the same as the books, one evey two weeks at the least.

Blog more often – While my first year in blogging was fairly good, in the second one I became lethargic. This year, I plan to write more often and share my thoughts and views online. I have a long list of draft posts which I plan to write and publish with a humble goal of one every two weeks.

Travel more – Thanks to my job, this goal would be more easily achievable than the others. With the travel for the first four months of  the year already planned and booked, the real goal would be to travel with an open mind and learn something from each one of my outings. Looking forward to this!

Getting fit – Though the kilograms and inches may not be declining, I definitely feel fitter this year as compared to the last, with decent outdoor time. I plan to continue the same this year, a little more regularly. Running shoes on!

Hoping for a happy 2016!

Academia, Administration or Industry

I had been thinking of this post’s subject for quite some time now. I have already talked about how I have been changing jobs in order to find something that will help me do something I would enjoy, be good at and make a difference. Luckily, I have had opportunities to try out different things. However, this choice also presents a problem of plenty, which though seemingly innocuous, can be quite a heart burner at times.

Now is one of those times which has presented me with a problem of plenty in the form of a very pleasant announcement. I have made up my mind about the decision that I have to take but I am presenting this write-up nevertheless in order to clear up my mind.

I have been working in a PSU for last year and a half. And at the same time, in order to broaden my horizon and step into some more untested waters, have been looking at a few other options as well.

One of them is academia, as I liked my teaching job the best by far, and I like being in the academic environment with the prospect of learning something new every day. Since I do not have a doctorate (Yet 🙂 ), in order to think of this option, I had applied for the Fellow Programme in Management at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (FPM @ IIMB)

The second is administration. At the insistence of family and a few friends, inspired by the great work done by some of the unsung heroes of our administrative system and motivated by a desire to do something meaningful which impacts more than just my family and I, I had written the civil services examination.

The third is not so much untested water as going back to what I have done in the past, only with a different perspective and motive. Almost all the career related quizzes and standard tests such as MBTI, have been telling me since long that I ought to take up something which requires precision and detailing. Add to it the lucre, interesting work and amazing work culture I got at my first job and I am all for giving it another try.

I was mulling over these and got to know the possibilities one by one. I got through the FPM Program at IIMB, cleared the Civil Services Exam with a decent rank, and had a good chance of getting back to Industry. It was a great feeling but a confusing one as well. There are pros and cons with each of these options. IIMB for example, lets me live in Bangalore, a city my husband is currently based out of, while letting me pursue a long time dream of PHD. It is the gateway to a world I am sure I will be a part of, if not now then later. But it is a long-term commitment of at least four years and is financially less appealing. Civil Services is the kind of job your family members will kick you for not taking, and which gives me a scope to put in practice what I believe in terms of ethics. Industry, on the other hand, gives me the opportunity to make more money and have peace of mind by being free of financial worries. However it is not clear to me yet if it will give me the intellectual stimulation I desire along with work satisfaction.

I have thought long and hard and have decided to go with administration for now, with the hope of doing a doctorate once I am 40, maybe 45. Just wanted to write this out and that helped in clearing my head. Which path would you have taken in a similar scenario – Academia, Industry or Administration?

My UPSC Interview

I appeared for the personality test for civil services 2013. Below follows a transcript of my interview along with other related details.

Date: 9th April 2014, Session: Afternoon, Duration: 35 Minutes, Board: Mr. D. K. Dewan, Optional: Economics, Attempt: First, Education: BE, MS (Environmental Engineering), Work Experience: ~ 5 Years (Technology Consulting, Start-up, Teaching and PSU)

I reached UPSC by Noon as I had to submit the attestation form copies at the DoPT in the North Block. This was the first time I was so close to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Glancing at it from India Gate doesn’t come anywhere close to the feeling I got while being there. It sort of motivated me to do my best in the interview. After submitting the attestation form, I reached Dholpur House and entered after showing my call letter. The cell phone was collected in the reception area itself.

I was assigned to table XXII. There were seven groups of six interviewees each. I was the last person to be interviewed by the panel our group was assigned to. The first two members of the group had relatively shorter interviews, the third alright, the fourth seemed to go longer than the others (although it might also seem so because of the long time we had been there by then) and by the time the penultimate person was inside, I could hardly comprehend my surroundings or time.  I was waiting for about seven eight minutes outside the room where interviews were being conducted. By this time my hunger pangs had started (I hadn’t had any lunch) and I was afraid of becoming the irritating self that I do if I don’t get food on time. Just then, I was told to enter. I asked the fellow sitting outside what the time was then. At 5:00 PM, the ordeal began!

There were four panel members (M1, M2, M3, M4) in addition to the chairman (C). there was no female member.

Chairman

What does your husband do? – He has just completed his MBA and will now be working with ABC Company as a XYZ Manager.

Why different paths? Wouldn’t it be difficult? – Sir, I have worked in various different forms of organizations (including a private consulting firm, a start up, a Central Govt. University and a Maharatna PSU) – yes, I can see that on your form – Out of these, I have come to realize that my skills, temperament and attitude are more suited to working in a Govt. job. but wouldn’t that mean that you would have to live apart.  Sir, we have already been staying in different states owing to our respective careers and have handled that to our satisfaction. It is easy in young age lady, it gets tougher as you move up, especially when you start a family. (Thinking where is this headed and smiling broadly) I shall keep that in mind, sir.

Do you know about Crimea? – Yes sir, Crimea, which was a part of Ukraine, has recently been annexed by Russia.   Why is EU interfering in Russia’s annexation of Crimea? – Sir, they are worried about possible expansionist tendency of Russia, especially owing to Russian troops being present at Moldova,  Transdniestria. – But why is that an issue with EU? – (feeling a little confused) Sir, US and EU on one hand, and USSR on the other have always had different ideologies. With Ukraine coming closer to EU, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the most important remain of former USSR, is being seen doubtfully and further military presence at Moldova is adding to these doubts. – But why is that an issue for EU, military presence didn’t occur just like that, it followed a process, do you know what process was followed before annexation of Crimea? – (Now even more confused and visibly fumbled) – Sir, they are worried because of the military presence, the process which was followed… hmmm… – interrupted by M3 but just in time I said – referendum, where a majority supported annexation of Crimea by Russia, – here, M3 again interrupts, says, not majority, 97% supported, – (I was getting visibly nervous by now, what did they want to hear?) Yes sir, 97% (i.e. in overwhelming majority) supported the annexation of Crimea in the referendum, but after that annexation, there is a possibility of civil war as there are conflicts between the ethnic Russians and… –  interrupted again, But what has that got to do anything with EU? –  (By now, I think I finally understood the question), Sir, Crimea has a strategic importance owing to its proximity to Black Sea, the oil & gas pipelines (and immediately thought to myself, what oil pipelines, crap!!) – Oil Pipelines? Are you sure? And do you know which place exactly is of strategic importance and why? – I am sorry sir, I have read about it, but I can’t recall it at the top of my head (Apparently he was asking about Sevastopol, by now, my morale was already down, not being able to answer such a simple, relevant and in news daily question to their satisfaction and mine 😩 but I braced myself for whatever was to come next)

What is the difference between LPG and CNG – Sir, LPG is liquefied petroleum gas and CNG is compressed natural gas. LPG is used for cooking while CNG is used in vehicles for travelling purpose. – Do we make our own LPG and CNG or import? – Sir, we refine most of it ourselves and import some (Major disaster here, I meant to say extract and not refine)We refine? Refining is done for oils or for gases? – Sorry sir (My face must be showing my disappointment with myself) Never mind, What % of Indians do not have access to drinking water and electricity? – Sir, about 40% (actually it’s ~30%) Indians do not have access to electricity. – Are you sure? And water? – No sir, actually I am not very sure and neither very comfortable with hard core data as numbers (and then mumbled something).

Ok, never mind, tell me what are the qualities required of a government servant? Sir, Integrity, Empathy (As soon as I said empathy, he asked me to think of four most important qualities and rank them in order of preference). – Sir, may I take a moments to list them down in that case. – By all means – (I wrote on the paper and ranked for about 20-30 seconds) – Sir, the four most important qualities of Govt. servant in my opinion are –

  1. Motivation for public service
  2. Integrity
  3. Efficiency
  4. Willingness to learn new things

And now I shall give you my reasons for the same. Sir, we can’t be happy and successful at any job unless we derive work satisfaction from it, therefore motivation for public service becomes first and foremost in the list of desirable qualities. As Govt. servants, we would be dealing with public money and resources, therefore integrity becomes the second most important thing. In a country like India, where there are so many people who would be needing Govt. services, efficiency becomes desirable with effectiveness and lastly, in a diverse country where a Govt. servant might be posted in any region and department, with changing times, willingness to learn new things becomes very important. – That’s all right, I didn’t ask you for the reasons – (Feeling flushed yet not showing so) – And what might be the one biggest disadvantage of being in a government service – Sir, disadvantage? (Pretending to think while I knew what I had to say) – Sir, I think the absolute hierarchical structure in Govt. organizations is a limitation and disadvantage as it leads to unwanted bureaucratic delays but – But that is true for any Govt. service in the world – Yes, sir. – Tell me what is the, ok, not disadvantage, but not so much an advantage of working a Govt. job – (After thinking for a very brief moment), Sorry sir, I can’t think of one at this moment.

At this time, the chairman asked M1 seated on his right to start asking me questions. I realized that I haven’t made a good impression and thus mentally prepared myself to answer whatever came next without any prejudice to what had already passed. 

M1

So you are a Human Rights activist and have done street plays on social issues? (He was reading from my DAF where I had mentioned a training of trainers on Human Rights and listed President, Dramatics Society as my position of responsibility) – Sir, not exactly a Human Rights activist, but yes I have attended the mentioned training on Human Rights and have conducted a number of street plays on social issues.

So, i will ask you of a dilemma regarding human rights – should cell phones be allowed in prison?   (Finally glad of an opinion based question, confidently answering)Sir, Human Rights are those which are available to a person by the virtue of being human. Though right to communicate might be such, right to own a cell phone is not. My answer may vary for a prisoner in solitary confinement, but in general I do not think that prisoners should have access to cell phones. There are various reasons for the same. Certain prisoners, held due to terrorism cases, may use phones to plot further attacks. Prisoners with sensitive information may leak it outside and so on. Therefore, I don’t think cell phones should be allowed in prison.

Ok, another question in the similar direction, What are your views on capital punishment. Should it be banned? Why? – Sir, my personal opinion is against capital punishment. However in the very training that I had attended on Human Rights mentioned in my form, I had heard some compelling views on the other side. In a country like India, which has so many mouths to feed, is it prudent to spend so much on food and space for prisoners who might have committed heinous crimes and infringed on somebody else’s human rights while doing so. However, I still believe that as long as there is a slightest chance of a person showing reform, capital punishment should not be resorted to as there may be a chance of the person reforming and making himself productive for the society in general and for himself. – So you are sounding like Mother Teresa – Just smiled.

So, you are an environmentalist as well. Why is there so much hype on environmental issues now? Why wasn’t it there before? Sir, the environmental problems have always existed since long time but in current times the impact of these problems have become much more apparent to the general public. If I may take an example of the climate change, any layman can visibly observe the climate change patterns now. In Hyderabad for example, there have been recent news of extreme hot weather and hailstorms at the same time leading to deaths. And since people have become more aware of these issues and their environmental causes, there is more hype on environmental issues now as compared to earlier times as now people want to find out ways of living in a sustainable manner without being impacted much. (The chairman was about to hand over the dialogue to the next member owing to time but M1 said he would ask me one final question, apparently stemming from my previous answer) – So, what do you understand by Sustainable Development? – Sir, sustainable development is holistic development keeping in consideration environmental, economic and social perspectives. It is a means of carrying out any project/ activity in a manner such that our future generations are left with as much if not more resources than us. (I kind of minced a few words here, damn, my linguistic skills weren’t helping that day.)

The chairman then asked the next panel member (M2), who looked a little strict, to continue.

M2

I am going to ask you only two questions. The first one is, tell me Since Independence, which wars has India fought, with whom, when and who were the PMs at that time? – (Took a deep breath and started) – Sir, the first was in 1947-48 with Pakistan with Mr. Nehru as the PM (I was debating with myself about this but then agreed to start at 1947 as mentioned in India after Gandhi), next was in 1962 with China, Mr. Nehru was the PM, then 1965 with Pakistan, Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the PM, 1971 with Pakistan, Smt. Indira Gandhi was the PM and lastly 1999, the Kargil war with Pakistan, where Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayi was the PM. Here the Chairman looked interested (maybe being the Retd. Admiral) and asked, Can we call Kargil war a war? – Sir, actually I recently read an article stating why Kargil can’t be called a war and was an insurgence operation (while thanking my hubby profusely in my head who had forwarded the article in question to me a few days ago); The number of insurgents were merely a few thousand at best with light arms with them against India, the third largest army with tanks and military ammunitions. There were so many casualties only because the enemy was at a height. Chairman – So, why was it called a war then? – Sir, because of the casualties and in addition the political party in power at that time used the insurgence to play upon the patriotic feelings of the nation to declare it a ‘win’ while they were ruling. (quickly realized that I might have made a political blunder here but thankfully nobody pressed on it and the chairman gestured to move the conversation further in a cordial manner)

You are an environmental engineer. Tell me about XYZ report. (I still can’t recall what report he had asked me about.) – Sorry sir, I haven’t heard of this report. – Ok.

The chairman then gestured for the third panel member (M3) to take it forward. M3, a sardar, had been asking environment related questions to others in my group.

M3

Delhi was a very polluted city 15 years ago. What remedial steps did the government take for it? – Sir, the two most important steps that the Govt. took were introduction of CNG and Metro. With a focus on less pollutant emissions from vehicles and introduction of a comfortable public transport medium, the Govt. was able to tackle the fugitive transport related emissions which were a major contributor to pollutants in the city. (Mumbled some more stuff which even I can’t recall now so clearly was useless and should not have been spoken).

What is this Bharat I, Bharat II we hear about? (My mind went blank for a moment and all I could recall was Euro IV certification given to Nano) – Sir, Bharat I, Bharat II are certification/ standards given to vehicles. For example, Euro IV was given to nano.That’s fine, but what is this Bharat I/ Bharat II or Euro III/ Euro IV – Sir, these are standards/ certification given to vehicles based on security and environmental (emissions) standards (Realised the repetition I guess) – What is the difference in Bharat I and Bharat II – Sir, hmm.. sir, there are incremental changes in the eligible emissions – (Must have realised that I am at a loss here)– What are vehicular emissions, what do they emit? – Sir, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide – So, it is the concentration of these emissions which vary in the vehicular emissions – Sir, I thought you were asking for specific % changes in different standards, I know that there are incremental changes in concentrations of emissions in successive certifications but I do not know the exact numbers. – (Said something which I can’t recall).

Chairman asked the last panel member (M4) to ask questions. 

M4

What is article 19 of the Indian constitution? – Sir, Freedom of speech. (Then I don’t know why but I asked him if I could think for a moment; to which the chairman said, yes please, have some water if you want, we are here all evening. I smiled and said, thank you sir, and thought for a while) – Sir article 19 is related to fundamental rights and it is either freedom of speech or right to life but I can’t recall which one is it at this moment. – That’s all right, it is freedom of speech. Now, there are more than 100 channels today and as many newspapers. Can we say that freedom of speech is adhered to? Sir, freedom of speech is subjected to certain restrictions. Even in social media, there were cases of … – I am not asking about social media, I am asking about print and electronic media. – (Thinking for a while) – Sir, freedom of speech is present in letter, but we can’t be so sure in spirit. Many of these channels, media houses and newspapers you mentioned are controlled by corporate or backed by political organization, in which scenario, they are bound to be a little biased. – So, how do you suggest we remove this bias. – (Again thought for while and just to fill the silence said) – Sir, we need to ensure that the journalism is impartial and free from the interference of controlling corporate and political parties. – But How? How can we ensure that freedom of speech is upheld in such a scenario? And I am asking you this because it is an important and relevant issue in current times. – (Still thinking) – Think about how they do it in the west? – Sir, censorship … – Let me tell you right now, there is no censorship in news, there is only one medium which has censorship – Yes sir, films – and we don’t need any censorship in news at all – (Chairman mentions that it is almost time so M4 kindly continues) – we can have a media regulatory board (I cursed myself for not explaining it properly because that is what I meant when I said censorship, but managed somehow and said,) – Sir, actually i did think of it but what held me back was that as you rightly mentioned that there are so many papers and channels so we will need to develop a proper logistical manner in which it can be accomplished and also, who is to say that the regulatory board will not be subjected to the same pressure by corporate and politicians – That means you are questioning every single regulatory body in the country – No sir, I am only thinking about what sort of safeguards and checks can be put in place to ensure that that doesn’t happen – so think, we are running out of time (smiling though) – (thinking for a moment, I was very tired and supremely hungry by this time, somehow I managed a weak smile and said) – Sir, actually it is a very important question and I do not think the few moments in the atmosphere of an interview room are enough to do justice to the problem at hand.

At this everybody smiled and the chairman said – that will be all. You may go now. I individually thanked everyone and came out of the room. The first thing I did was ask the fellow outside for time. And thus at 5:35 PM, this ordeal was over.

Note:
There were no questions from my hobbies, accomplishments, work experience, graduation (there were some environmental questions but they were pretty generic), optional subject or any of the many key words in my DAF.

Though there were many counter questions, the board in general was very cordial and helped me feel at ease.

Where and What Would I End Up Being?

Where and What Would I end up Being?
Where and What Would I end up Being?

I remember long long ago, when I was just old enough to talk,
I had learnt being human, learnt to smile, to cry and to walk.
Well, not remember actually, but it’s a time I can visualize
And all that I ever wanted then, was to be close to my mother’s eyes.
Grew up some, reached school, when I was aged around five,
Learning numbers, alphabets, not peeing in my pants, was enough for me to jive.
Years passed by, I started thinking too, still at school, aged around ten,
Ranking first in my class, in the rat race really, was my goal, though I didn’t know it then.
I did succeed in those two aspects, so far I was doing just fine;
There wasn’t enough grey matter in my head which could have caused me to whine.
Skipped a few years ahead, made friends, shared games, gossip and lunch,
Wanted to make a nuclear fusion reactor, solving world’s energy issue was the punch.
Had just started getting to know of Science, Politics, Religion, Other books’ contents,
The silly me at the age of fourteen, wanted to be the largest democracy’s president.
Moved places, changed schools, made new friends, understood the meaning of a foe,
Got a few clumsy proposals, had a few crushes, about relationships I came to know.
By then the reality had started clutching the dreams in its cruel paws;
The eager proud eyes of parents, prickly glances of people around, were thorns ‘n’ rose.
Decisions were made as much by them as by me, somewhere around sixteen.
Medicine & Engineering were the choices, though different was what I would have been.
Time passed, I did become an engineer, hopes of ‘self’ again strangled the throat.
This time, it was a degree in MBA or a high paying job, my passions were still being rot.
Fortunately at twenty one, an adult, I had a job with good money and a known brand,
But soon got tired of the monotony, adrenaline wanting to squirt out of glands.
From five to fifteen to fifteen hundred, then the distances began to soar,
And I ended up on the opposite end of the globe, at the age of twenty four.
Wanted to stay back, wanted to come back home, wanted to do SO much,
Tried hands at working elsewhere, teaching, nurturing another little hope as such.
At twenty five, I was married, to the man I loved, exchanged the vows and the rings,
Still, so near, and yet so far, today I wonder,
Where and what would I end up being?

Why have you job-hopped so many times?

In a span of five years, I have worked four jobs. So far. I am on a lookout for a new opportunity again and therefore trying to get some interviews. Since I have a job right now and a lot of questions which I need to answer before I can move to the next one, I haven’t been trying real hard. BUT I have been trying. As of today, I had been successful in getting to the telephonic round of one. And as expected, one of the questions the interviewers asked me was – “Why have you moved around so much in your career?” I am tired of this question. Sick tired.  So here it is, once and for all, to clarify reasons to myself as much as to anyone else. I have moved around so much due to a number of reasons. All VALID. At least in my opinion.

The first job that I had, was with a reputed consulting firm in technology domain. I liked my work, liked the city where I had to move for this job, liked the financial independence I got with it, and in general liked pretty much everything at that time. In hindsight I can say that it was almost perfect, but then I may be biased like everyone is with the number of ‘firsts’ they have in their lives. Anyhow, I left that place after two and a half years of content working. I left because I wanted to pursue higher studies. I had been admitted to one of the BEST schools in the WORLD for a master’s degree with one-third tuition being waived off as merit scholarship. I had also obtained another scholarship further reducing my would-be-debt burdens. I had the opportunity to go to the “Land of Opportunity”. And I had always liked studying. And Travelling. How do you say NO to such a proposition. I couldn’t. So, I grabbed that opportunity and left my ‘FIRST’ job. No hard feelings. Yet.

Post my graduation, I wanted to work in the States for a while. Another option was to do a fully sponsored doctoral program in which I was hugely interested. But family obligations were calling me back. I graduated on December 22. I had a maximum of two weeks till when I could stall booking my tickets. I applied to a number of jobs. As many as I could. Unfortunately those two weeks were the ‘Holiday Weeks’ – Christmas and New Year. I never got any response. I extended my already stretched deadline for myself by another week and then booked my flight tickets to come back on January 16. I got three preliminary interview calls on January 15. Now don’t get me wrong. No body was forcing me to come back. It was my decision. These were my deadlines. But I came back, with a 3.96 GPA, sans a job.

I got an interview call the day I landed, in my city, for a good position, a decent salary and interesting work. I converted the call. And I started working – my SECOND job, a German start-up firm based out of New Delhi. I absolutely loved the work. There was so much creativity, originality, intellect and smart hard work required. I wanted such work, I wanted to stay with my family and I wanted a decent salary to pay off my education loan. It was all good… For a couple of days. Soon after, I realized that the start-up had a crazy attrition rate. And for good reason. Without going into details, let us just say that I was left with two options, either continue working there and lose my peace of mind or quit. After struggling to make things work for two months, as cowardly as it may sound, I chose the latter. I was back to square one. And I had moved. From my ‘SECOND’ job.

While doing my masters, I had been drawn to research and the possibility of academia as a career. As luck would have it, I got an opportunity. I was selected as an Ad hoc Assistant Professor in a Central University of great repute. My paycheck got smaller than the last time but I got a chance to try out something I had a feeling I would like doing in the long-term. I was to teach undergraduate students in a new course. The subjects I was hired to teach were to begin in the third year while the students had just moved to their second year of the four-year degree. So I chose to teach the subjects next best known to me. Out of nowhere I started exploring a completely new field – Economics. Sure I had taken a couple of classes in managerial economics at School, but that is nowhere sufficient to teach a bunch of 18 year olds, nay, smart 18 year olds. It needed some work, and I was loving it. It gave me work satisfaction as I had experienced nowhere else yet. I was learning and teaching at the same time. It was fun. And then, I got married. My husband was pursuing his education elsewhere. The thought of not being together post wedding troubled me. And while these thoughts grew stronger, I received a communication from one of the firms I had interviewed with just two days prior to my wedding. It was a positive result. A job offer, at a place geographically much closer to my husband’s location than where I was staying at the time being. Emotions overpowered reason. And I moved. AGAIN. This was my farewell to the ‘THIRD’ job, which I absolutely enjoyed, but which lasted a mere eight months.

I am currently working at the firm where I had come thinking I will be closer to my husband this way. I moved here with no other thought in mind. With this arrangement, I have been able to meet my family/ husband/ both once every three weeks or so. The work here doesn’t excite me much. I am not sure if I have added any skill-set in the past one year that I have been here. Sure I have learnt something, but I am not sure if it has been worthwhile. This month, my husband’s educational program will get over. He has been offered a job at another location where he is expected to start in April. And as was the case the last time, I am at cross-roads. Plus it motivates you to look for better opportunities when your educational qualifications have been moving up while your ‘take-home’ salary has been moving down, probably at a faster rate. And thus I am thinking of moving, from my ‘FOURTH’ job.

There have been a lot of decisions gone wrong from a professional aspect in the past five years. But I need to know if it is so terrible to try your hands at different things to know what you like doing? Am I the only one who hadn’t figured what do I want to do for the rest of my life at the age of 21. Is it crazy to try to find a balance between personal and professional life, to try to stay with your loved ones, at least in the same state. Why is moving jobs such a taboo even when you have been performing beyond expectations in each one. This has become a rant I did not expect it to be. Just to end, yes, I have moved a number of times, and I might continue doing so in the future. The next time you judge a person for doing so, bear in mind that it isn’t only related to the performance at work but is a fine mesh of countless things and emotions too!