With the economy growing at a robust pace, employment opportunities are multiplying, particularly in the rural sector, with companies focusing on the untapped potential there. Mint presents a fortnightly column on job prospects in the sector.
I am an agribusiness management graduate and have been working in a reputed agri-inputs firm for three years. I have an offer from a lesser-known fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. On offer is a role awarded to fresh management graduates and there is no gain in salary. I am keen to join the sector. What should I do?
The offer does not look good enough as it takes you back by three years. Also, it does not make much sense to move from a reputed organization to a lesser-known one. The present offer does not reward the experience you have gained. Switching should not be difficult, more so if you are open to sales of FMCG products in rural markets. Even if it takes you six-nine months to reach a job that puts you on a higher pedestal, the wait may be desirable.
I have been working abroad for 10 years with a multinational firm to source and trade agricultural commodities. I need to return to India. Am I likely to get a job matching my experience?
The agribusiness sector is witnessing a major expansion in India and it is likely to grow manifold over the next 10 years. It requires trained people and, therefore, offers plenty of job opportunities. However, it can always take some time to get the right break. Finding another job could become challenging. Yet, if you apply from your current location, you may not be easily called for an interview as the employer may need someone to join within a month or so. They may be unwilling to get into a situation where interviewing a candidate requires planning, time and expense.
Thus, you need to stay in touch with a number of prospective employers and offer to be interviewed through video conferencing. Also, you may convey your readiness to travel to India for an interview should the opportunity appear to be a win-win situation. You could also inform prospective employers through your resume that you could join within a month, if the offer materializes. These factors could help break the psychological barriers on distance.
Ajay Gupta is CEO of ruralnaukri.com. Comments and feedback are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org