Friday, December 14, 2007

On a serious note....

Work culture seems to have undergone a drastic change. I remember when we finished our postgraduate course. Of the sixteen of us, some got married, some waited to get married, some went abroad to study. There were few of us who remained - looking for a job. It was not uncommon for girls those days to have studied and then just stay back at home. No eyebrows were raised. It was not unusual at all. Jobs were rather scarce those days. Especially since they had to be within 10 km of home. There was this particular post that we all applied for at a well known research institute only to have our applications rejected. We were over qualified. But when luck struck, few of us did manage to get jobs. We did our best to retain them. We worked hard and really strived to do our best. And that has stood in good stead even now.

What is surprising therefore is that the same perseverance and sincerity is not evident in youngsters these days. Jobs are there aplenty. We never had these opportunities. However, the urge to learn is strangely missing.

Most of us do not have the good fortune of working out of passion. That is for the few lucky ones. It is true (even if most do not want to admit it) that we are working for money. Since we are compelled to work, life would be easier if only we made an attempt to do justice to our job .

Of the 24 hours each day, eight, are at the place of work. If we can make that substantial time into one of learning and developing a positive attitude, it would go a long way in improving the remaining part of the day.

I remember a colleague at the college I worked earlier. She quit her job and many years later I met her and found that she was a stockbroker. I remember asking her whether she found it difficult shifting to a totally different line. And what she told me has always remained with me. She said 'Education is never wasted. Even if you ever change your field, the experience that you would have gained earlier will always provide a good foundation'.

Be sincere and true in whatever you do. This will not just make you a better employee it would also make you a better person. For the sincerity would pass on to any task - personal or professional. I have spoken. AMEN.


  1. heavy very heavy!! But very true..not many of us are lucky enuf to work where we would want..Things are changing at work place faster than more sirs to call or formals to wear..we move with the need of the world..Hard work is old..Smart Work is what pays!

  2. Hard work is not old. The combination required is hard work + smart work. Neither should be without the other. There maybe changes in the environment in which we work, but the values remain the same. A little tweaking is acceptable but completely doing away with it is not. I hope this not what the kids of the coming generations will be taught...

  3. Ms.Serendipity....You ofcourse in your words make it very clear that u defnetly are someone who lacks any xperience from the real world work places...What you talk about are text book definitions of work culture..There are followers and leaders..the choice always is yours..followers follow text books..Leaders follow things which are not defined..they make their own part of the pack or be bold to step out to acheive something ..choice is always yours!! AMEN

  4. Well, I did not want to get into this debate. But if I may have the last word... whether it is 'hard work' or 'smart work' - the key word is 'work'.


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