I had quit my first job at Bharti AXA Life Insurance in 2010 for further studies. 6 months had passed since. Read on to know how I created a job for myself and tasted success & professional independence in my career.
I had founded my firm U-COACH 360 to help family and friends in the business and professional endeavours. More than the extra income I valued the experience of working for my self and growing as an entrepreneur. But besides getting ad-hoc references, I didn't know how to scale this business. My networking skills were poor then.
Given I was a working professional, I had grown accustomed to spend from my own earnings. The waiting period after quitting a job without a plan caused me to dip into my savings and was making me feel insecure and unhappy. Moreover, I wanted to do "something" instead of sitting idle. I was looking to do something until I took up a full time job again.
I was passionate about teaching. As a teenager and young adult, I often coached my younger friends in the academic subjects they found themselves weak in. During my MBA days, I would take up voluntary classes to help my batch mates learn about Finance and Banking, As I ruminated over my future work prospects, an idea struck - I could teach, until I found a stronger footing for my firm.
One fine morning, I approached a reputed Educational Institute with a 25 year old legacy and enquired if they had a vacancy for a part-time teacher, for topics within Finance. To my surprise, I found out they actually did and had been on the lookout for over a month. However, before I could rejoice, I was told that the vacancy was filled that very morning - a professional was hired. However, the institute chose to consider me if I would charge a lesser amount as fees, If I would give a free trial and if the students liked my teaching style. I agreed.
I prepared myself well. I wasn’t nervous because I had nothing to lose really. To my surprise, the students and faculty were floored with my approach but during a discussion with the management I realised that the institute's internal setup required restructuring. Just then, I applied my first strategy for success. I contemplated their need for a consultant to help them restructure operations and to optimise their existing infrastructure. I negotiated with them to allow the first selected professional continue their job of teaching and to hire me a consultant instead (on my terms).
It was a family-run setup and it took much convincing on my part for them to accept the change in market dynamics and the imperative need to change. It wasn't easy but a month later, I was hired. I had learned, "Try. If you fail, try harder"
I consulted them on Finance, Admin, Marketing & Operations. I interviewed professors with over 30 years of teaching experience. I even covertly attended some classes, like a student, to evaluate professors. Even though I had undertaken several projects pertaining to finance and consulting for small and large businesses, this was the first time, I had "created a job" for myself outside of the business and corporate world. It was a job created out of nothing - there was no real vacancy nor opening for my role. This was the first assignment in which I learned about self-employment. I felt independent & successful. I felt like a winner. I was on assignment there for three months before I joined my next corporate job at Citibank India.
I treated my years in my corporate jobs as training and thus, over time, my passion for business and coaching, directly and indirectly, has brought me to where I am today. I gradually formalised my work under my firm, U-COACH 360 & refreshed it with expertise in 2014. Never looked back since then.
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