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The Smart Career Choice - By Dr. Subhash Chandra

Being fresh out of college creates a lot of opportunities and opens a lot of doors. One needs to make the right choice where on one hand there is a high-paying position at a reputed multinational company and on the other hand there is a job offer from a small start-up that is just finding its ground.

It is a matter of ‘The Smart Career Choice’. And when one is at the crossroads, this choice may make or break one's career. Overall, there is just one question lingering in the student's mind- Do I work with a start-up venture or work for an already established company?

Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of ZEE & Essel Group, addressed the issue in 'The Dr. Subhash Chandra Show' at a premier management institute in an energetic session. With the house divided between the two options, Dr. Subhash Chandra presented his pearls of wisdom, "It doesn't matter what you do. What matters is you do it passionately and whole-heartedly."

So what, in fact, is the right choice? A multinational company presents one with a smooth flow to fit into. There is a lure of stability, structural profile and secure benefits on one hand and being associated with a renowned brand on the other.

Whereas, a start-up presents a whole bunch of ‘career growth’ opportunities. It is a place where one can start at the basics and become a jack of all trades. Anyone setting out for a start-up venture should have entrepreneurial mindset and a risk-appetite. There is scope for more exposure and an open door to learn multi-tasking.

Dr. Subhash Chandra mentions three key aspects- Talent, Experience and Knowledge. "Knowledge can be transferred, Experience can be acquired, but talent is something you need to be born with", he indicated. "Successful companies hire on the basis of talent. When one mixes talent with the right fitment or position, it automatically leads to more growth and productivity", he elaborated. This is what needs to be kept in mind while making the career choice.

ZEE believes in empowering its team at every stage of their career moreover from the start of one's career. Students in the past who have begun their career as Management Trainees with ZEE have now grown to become Business Heads or have attained senior position in the organisation. At ZEE, our team is continuously entrusted with new projects or positions across the company. The ZEE talent management programme is to create a pool of future leaders, elevating the organization and ZEE's employees to higher orbits of success.

ZEE has already embarked on its journey to be among the Top 100 'Best Places to Work' and is listed as 'The Best Company to work for in the Indian M&E Industry' (as per a study conducted by Great Places To Work).

In the end, both the alternatives are like each side of a coin, with its positives and negatives. Dr. Chandra summarized, to discover one's own self, identify one’s own talent and the direction or the vision one has for the future- these are the elements that should decide one’s career choice. And that is in fact "The Smart Career Choice".

The Dr. Subhash Chandra Show is aired on Saturdays at 10 pm on Zee News and 7pm on Zee Business and on Sundays at 11 am on both Zee News & Zee Business.