When you are in the final year of your college, you desperately just want to get yourself into a company. Though you want to and try to go for a big name, but you will be fine with any ABC company which is offering you a decent pay. You don’t bother whether your 4 yrs of study will come in handy in the job you’re taking up, or if the work environment and profile lives up to your potential. You just want a job, and you’ll happily take the first one you get, without a second thought.
But, once you join a company, have worked for a while and want to switch, things are different. The things which come to your mind are:
Whether my job experience will be useful or not?
Will I be able to move again easily from there?
What if I don’t like the work?
These are pretty basic questions; the major question is about your bank balance – “The Earning”.
Now, I am driving you back to the title of this article.
A professional tries to weigh between “Earning” & “Learning”. The problem is not in the company you are choosing, but the “Social Education” which we get through social media platforms. I am quoting two famous quotes which are responsible for the biggest dilemma of a professional:
1. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
2. “In the starting phase of your career you should focus on learning for a long run.” – I don’t know who wrote this quote (You can name me.)
How the first quote is responsible?
Mr. Lincoln contributed a lot to the dilemma under the discussion. As per the interpretation made by a professional like me, it means that first you should master your tools (it will vary from one professional to other) in your first job then try to leverage them by bargaining for money.
Responsibility of the second quote?
The second quote must be originated from HR room of a
company who pays below industry standards. They keep you motivated by saying the things around the message of the quote.
Now complicate the situation as per the category of a professional. Any starter in the industry will fall under one of the following category-
- Higher Study Aspirants: These are the guys, who are lured by success stories of a few people who pursued higher education. More than 60% of this category people are those who want to do MBA/ MS because his friend/ colleague did it. For them, they have to pay high fee and so they have to earn more, but at the same time they know that any good university will first ask about their work experience – so they look for the job where they can learn.
- Don’t know what to do: These are the remaining people who don’t know what to do with their life. If you ask them about not being in the first group, they will say “I value practical knowledge more over any degree”. The dilemma for them starts when one of their colleagues switches on a better package and another colleague tells the “Benefits of learning”.
My motive of writing this article is not to guide you whether you should go for “Learning” or “Earning”. The sole purpose is to demonstrate the dilemma of a common professional. Lastly, whatever you value more the next company is going to give you hike on the current package only but they won’t hire you until you have good learning experience in previous company.
Mohit Bansal is the Co-founder of TechAloo, a platform that aims at fostering entrepreneurship in college students.