|Fake chais for our ghost conversation|
This whole week is ‘5 Days Of Career’ on the blog where I’m sharing profiles of super relatable and confident working women, tips from HR pros, workwear inspiration and a whole lot more.
There are a thousand career tips you’ll find on the internet like ‘find a mentor’, ‘network’, etc. All of those are great, but I didn’t want the usual. I wanted stuff you won’t find in every other article on the internet. So I asked Sumika to share those tips she’s only discovered with experience. We talked candidly over the phone one day and I decided to do this post just like that: as an informal chat versus an interview. Hope you guys enjoy it.
Sumika: Self-discipline, which is my absolute, personal favorite. If I had to keep just one thing for my career and leave everything else, it would be discipline. Because getting things done is where most people get left behind. You can think great, you can come up with fab ideas, but bringing things to closure is what matters at the end of the day. You’ve got to plan things out well, not wait until the last minute to attempt your deliverables, keep the right buffers in place for unplanned shit to happen, and deliver a quality product.
Sumika: As you grow within your level and role, you develop mastery on what’s needed of you, and automatically start investing your time in a more valuable way. Someone young in their career may spend extra hours trying to get up to speed on their job – they may not be required to, but they may end up doing that anyway. When you’re younger with less responsibilities or relationships to take care of (no spouses/aging parents, etc), work life balance is something you can play around with. Which is why I always talk about work life effectiveness.
Me: Some bosses can be assholes.
Me: Awesome. Let’s talk tip 5?
Me: It was such a wakeup call for me. Anyhoo, tip 6 is coming up?
Sumika: It’s actually the best time of the day.
Me: Not going to argue with that and going to move to tip no. 8.
Me: Chalo, tip no. 9 batao.
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