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 have completed a BCom (Honours) course from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, and have been offered a good job with the investment banking division of a foreign bank. I have also got admission calls from two ‘B’ category management schools. I got 90 percentile in the common admission test and I feel I have the potential to secure a better percentile next year. Should I accept the admission offer or take up the job?
Your background suggests that you have the scope to aim for the ‘A’ category management institutes. An experience of a year or two in the investment banking division of a foreign bank is itself a prized option. Besides the fact that you have a chance to draw immense learning, your chances of making it to a premier institute go up with this kind of work experience. The trend has been shifting over the past few years and there are many students who prefer to gather some work experience prior to taking up further education. I understand this is financially gainful as well, as most of the talked-about high compensation packages are usually offered to candidates with prior experience. Putting everything together, it looks like you need not settle for anything less than a premier institute, at least at this stage. You easily have two-three years to chase something that has the potential to transform the rest of your life.
I recently graduated in physics from Hindu College, Delhi. I consider myself strong at developing relations with people. I want to take up a job in agribusiness. Will it be worth it and what career options do I have?
Your personal skills suggest that you could look for an assignment in sales and marketing. You may start applying for positions available to graduates in agri-inputs or foods verticals of retail organizations. Many of these organizations are now open to hiring non-agriculture graduates. It will take a year or two to grasp the challenges and opportunities. Should you discover it to be appealing enough, you should also make an attempt to gain relevant higher education for quick succession to positions of responsibility. Agriculture is a very vast field. However, since it is quite unglamorous, it has repelled a big chunk of talent so far. Hence, this offers disproportionately higher potential to even average performers. Notwithstanding the difficulties associated with unfamiliar territories, you are likely to discover gainful options if you are determined to stick to it.