CAREER


A friend of mine, Supriya, recently told me that she was co-authoring a book on ‘purpose’. And this casual remark made me think on a subject to which I had not given much thought. Purpose is an aspect of life which is missing in much of our working population. Maybe, the younger and better...

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IANS 24 November 2022
As more and more companies across the spectrum sack employees amid the global meltdown, at least 853 tech companies worldwide have laid off about 137,492 employees to date, and the tally is only going north amid recession fears.   According to data from layoffs.fyi, a crowdsourced...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 November 2022
As warned by several experts and economists, winter seems set to be harsh on employees of tech companies, online businesses and marketplaces. Fearing an economic recession, most tech companies, who hired innumerable employees at insane salaries only a few months ago, are now laying them off...

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In this series, I had written a while ago on the problems of envy and jealousy. Some of our readers wrote back to me to say that I had explained the problem, but gave no guidance or a solution.    Yes, the solution lies in our own attitude. It may be summarised in what Plutarch said...

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IANS 09 November 2022
In one of the worst lay-offs ever in the tech industry, Meta founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday sacked more than 11,000 employees—about 13% of the global workforce.   In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the company is also taking a number of...

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IANS 09 November 2022
The Supreme Court has said that tuition fee should always be affordable and education is not a business to earn profit, as it upheld the Andhra Pradesh High Court (HC) judgement to quash the state government's decision to enhance the tuition fee in medical colleges to Rs24 lakh per...

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Keeping your word, in spite of difficulties or changed circumstances, helps to build trust—and trust, in turn, builds credibility. Credibility is what gives substance to individuals and to corporations. At a time when so many newly set up companies, especially in plantations, non-banking...

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IANS 04 November 2022
For some of the nearly 200-strong Twitter India workforce, the Friday morning came with utter chaos when they lost access to their official emails and internal Slack and group chats, as they were unfortunate to be part of the global sacking in the most brutal Elon Musk way.   Some of...

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IANS 04 November 2022
Amazon has announced to freeze new hirings in its corporate workforce, with the global economy "in an uncertain place".   Beth Galetti, Amazon's senior vice president of people experience and technology, confirmed the move in a memo that the company had already begun pausing or...

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I have narrated many stories about the bosses I encountered during my banking days. Let me tell you my last story, about the beginning of it all.   After returning to India with an MBA (Masters in business administration) from the US, I applied to many companies for a job, went for...

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When we set standards for ourselves, we are inclined to think that the same standards apply to others around us. But, as we know, values are not standard.   We all know this and are convinced of it in our minds. But our emotions say something else; and we want to believe that our...

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Bosses are often given nicknames which sometimes stick for decades. Some nicknames are innocuous, some are derogatory and some can be quite nice.   Our teachers at IIT, who were our bosses, were no exception. Many nicknames had been handed down over generations of IITians, for...

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IANS 11 October 2022
With a spurt in short-form video consumption and growth in the overall creator economy, India now has at least 80mn (million) content creators and knowledge professionals but only 150K professional content creators are able to monetise their services effectively, a new report has...

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IANS 10 October 2022
Studying abroad has become costlier amid a sharp fall in rupee. The cost for studying in the US has gone up by Rs1.5 to 2 lakh per year.   The increase in tuition fees in the US, the UK and Australia by 10% to 20% is another reason behind the costlier education abroad. Also, the...

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Many information technology (IT) job aspirants, who dream of having a fat salary in a foreign country like Thailand, are receiving a shock of a lifetime. Many job-seekers who went to Thailand for a job in IT were, in fact, recruited by Chinese criminal gangs to enslave them in cybercrime...

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Why was I thinking about my Dad, who worked for a foreign company, and got a promotion once in perhaps, 10 years—and yet seemed quite happy and satisfied? (In the 1920s/1950s) Because, Shashi came to me just two years after I had selected him as group product manager (2000) for a large...

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IANS 04 October 2022
Top IT (information technology) and tech firms like Wipro, Infosys and Tech Mahindra have reportedly revoked offer letters given to students after delaying their joinings by nearly three-four months.   According to reports, hundreds of freshers were given offer letters but, first, the...

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IANS 04 October 2022
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is currently questioning a Russian man, who is said to be the prime accused in a case related to allegations of irregularities committed in the JEE (Mains) Exams 2021.   The accused Mikhail Shargin was detained by the Bureau of Immigration at...

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IANS 03 October 2022
Amid the current global economic slowdown, crypto exchange WazirX has reportedly laid off 40 per cent of its total workforce.   A total of 50 to 70 employees of the 150 workers at the exchange were asked to go, CoinDesk reported, citing sources.   The laid-off employees were...

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I reached Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur (KGP) as a fresher with a great deal of trepidation. No, I was not worried about missing the comforts of home. The monster that scared me was – ragging.   I had heard many horror stories about the brutality of ragging at other...

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