Still in the same company?

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This question is asked from me almost two to three times in a month.

Why is  this so difficult to envision that I might be satisfied where I work? What is wrong with one person sticking to a company, especially in the software industry, for more than two years?  Does every one necessarily have to follow the same pattern — work in a company for 2 years then either 

1. Go abroad

2. Do an MBA

3. Switch the job.

Why is it so hard to digest that someone is happy living in Pakistan — and even though he gets opportunities — wants to work in his homeland near his dear ones? And why does working for more than two years in the same company project your image as a stagnant no good below par professional?

We need to mature as an Industry. We need to work longer and build our competency. We need to become experts at what we are doing. Two years is too little a time to actually start being productive and becoming an expert. This industry is no longer looking for a person who knows everything they are looking for – rather a person who is experienced in one particular domain. It is now time for specialties — find your niche (you can read my article on finding specializations) master it and conquer the world!

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  • :) The same thing happened to me when I returned from the US … everyone conveniently assumed I must have “not been successful there” and “that is why I’m returning to PK… otherwise why on earth would anyone want to?”. I have pretty much heard it all, even “So you couldn’t fit in huh… too bad.”

    This nation is so bent on going abroad at all costs that it is hard to digest or accept that someone may actually want to come back on his own intention to help the country, or may choose to look after his family with greater priority than looking after himself selfishly because *perhaps* that is all that makes life worth the moments that make it.

  • completely agree. historically we as a nation have always discouraged people who are not following the path more traveled upon.

  • Nice article,

    But when u r young market changes really affect your decisions. E.g. the technology bubble attracted many people infact I saw people with medical degrees fixing networks thus earning more than they could get doing the nurse’s job….but yeah “master it and conquer the world” seems to be the right idea for me…

    Keep these lovely posts coming!!

  • Ubed, i agree, young people are really vulnerable. Today i met a person doing his MS in CS and he said he was looking to get a job in a bank!!. so there should be some one guiding them and showing that CS is not that bad a field. but the bitter reality is every body wants the money now :) and not wait

  • That guide is you, Qazi

  • Lol

    I share your pain Qazi

  • Right.

    I think it is the matter of loving one place, expanding wings in one particular domain, sharpening skills, having engaged in good techies and loyalty. But in my friends circle this thing discussed in great volume that which next company should be joined. Even in my workplace, people who have attended two to three annual general meetings are questioned with strangeness that why they are still here.

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